One of the fun tasks in the Caoba shop is polishing the Mexican silver jewellery. The silver seems to buff up extra sparkly and it gives me a chance to try on all the rings. The additional sparkle comes from the slightly higher-than-normal silver content. While sterling silver must by law contain a minimum of 92.5% silver, Mexican silver is usually around 95% pure. As a guarantee of the high quality we get all our Mexican silver items weighing over 7 grams assayed and stamped .925 at the Edinburgh Assay Office.
Mexico is one of the world’s largest silver producers, with silver being commercially mined in the country for the last 500 years. In the twentieth century an American architect, William Spratling settled in Mexico and began designing and selling homewares and jewellery made from locally sourced metals. He worked with local goldsmiths and artisans to spawn a regional industry that continues to the present day, boosting the local economies and encouraging the valuable tourist trade.
A highlight of our regular trips to Mexico are the visits to these workshops and selecting the bracelets, bangles, earrings and necklaces to bring back to Edinburgh. These are handmade pieces, with no one item identical to another, making much of our range hard to find elsewhere in the UK.