A large number of our products are made from sterling silver stamped with the UK hallmark. The hallmark guarantees that the purity of the metal is at least that indicated by the purity number. Sterling silver will tarnish in time due to exposure to contaminants in the atmosphere or to natural acids and salts found on skin. This can be removed easily by polishing with a soft cloth using a silver cleaner.
Your pewter will age sympathetically over time, you will be able to retain its lustrous finish with the minimum of care: If it has become dull, simply clean with a metal polish before you wash it. Always polish in straight lines for the best results. Wash it by hand in hot soapy water and dry it with a soft cloth.
Leather is a very strong material having many uses. It can be recognised by its natural imperfections and smell. The leather used in the manufacturing of Inkerman products is tanned using natural plant extracts such as bark and rind, chestnut and mimosa and other organic dyes. It is treated with oils or bees wax so that the only real aftercare needed is an occasional brushing with a soft cloth.
Lead crystal is made from a mixture of sand, potash and leas oxide. The British standard specification for lead crystal is that it contains a minimum lead oxide content of 24%. Full lead crystal must contain no less than 30% lead oxide. During the fusing and melting of the raw ingredients which form lead crystal, gases are evolved and air is trapped.
Although virtually all of these bubbles are removed in the refining process small isolated ones sometimes remain and should not be regarded as flaws.