I am a Silversmith, Musician, Actor and longtime resident of Taos. This collection of jewelry is all handmade, using sterling silver, 9.25%, and coin silver, 90 %. Beads are made from silver coins, dimes and quarters. Necklaces are made from beads gathered from near and far; many have sterling toggles or clasps and copper beads handmade from copper pennies from before 1982.