Pewter is a precious metal, just not as precious as platinum, gold or silver. It is the 4th most popular metal that is used for jewelry making, so basically the term fine-precious metal is more exact. That being said, it is used quite a lot in making jewelry that looks and feels just like sterling silver, but at a fraction of the cost.
Pewter is a metal that is 90% tin mixed in with a bit of copper and has a very low melting point, which makes it easy to pour into a jewelry mold. It is also much cheaper than silver or gold, so the price is a lot less. Many times jewelers will practice the first rendition of a piece of jewelry using pewter. It also melts rather quickly, at 550 degrees, so it can quickly be tossed back into the fire.
When pewter is high polished, it actually does look like silver. But, for a much cheaper price. The ease of caring for it is simple, which is probably why it was so commonly used in many households back in the Middle Ages. Cups, plates, figurines, but never weapons due to its softness and low melting point, have been found. When something was “banged” up, they just remelted it and made it over again, as the website Askmrjewelry comments.
The older pewter, or antique pewter, has a beautiful patina finish on it– almost like an oxidized appearance. This is extremely attractive when combined with leather.
Here is an example of how nicely the leather looks with a pewter design. There is a patina finish on it, making the lettering “pop” so you can see the details nicely. This happens to be the Shema Israel Hebrew Blessing.
Here is another example of a design for men with leather, showing a Jewish Star emblem.
The durability for pewter is also perfect for jewelry, as it does not tarnish and is simple to clean. Just use a damp cloth with a very small amount of soap and rub it over the metal. Dry it after, and it is back to “new” again.
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