Tintsaba started working with Sterling Silver (925) in 2001. Our remarkable weavers were producing small discs on such a refined and perfect quality that we started using silver to add value to the sisal.
We currently have four full-time Silversmith women; each started as weavers, and can produce products to the highest quality weave. This skill and attention to detail got them to be selected to train as silversmiths. Now, our silversmiths have more than 40 years experience between them.
This year we hope to double our workforce in the Silver Production to meet product demand and faster turn-around time for wholesale orders.
ONE - Working with wire
Our silversmiths start with silver wire, the wire is stretched and pulled through holes to make it thinner. If the wire is to be used to hold a sisal disc a 'V' indent is made into one side of the wire.
TWO - Sisal disc setting
The indented wire is then cut, moulded and joined to create the disc setting. The setting is then hammered into circular shape.
THREE - Component production
Depending on the final design, various other components need to be made to make up the final piece of jewellery. Almost all our components are handmade in-house at the Tintsaba workshop.
FOUR - Polishing by hand
When the setting and components are soldered together, the silver is then polished. The item is then sent to quality control; quality control focuses on the soldering of the silver and durability.
FIVE - Loading the sisal
The last stage of the silver production is the loading of the Gallery Grade sisal disc. As each setting and sisal disc is handmade and have to be carefully chosen to match each setting. The silversmith either adds to the disc or cuts away parts and refinishes, so that it can fit snugly into the setting.
All our components are handmade in-house at the Tintsaba workshop excluding chains, clasps, earring butterflies and the V Neck ring.
Statement Necklace in black
and Earrings in black and cream