Exotic leathers Aknas:
As many other natural materials,exotic leathers charm us by their diversity,their unique patterns as well as their intrinsic imperfections which are the living proof of their authenticity.
Going through the following pieces of information may help you understand and appreciate better the specificities of each of the exotic leathers we use.Should you want to make any further inquiry,don’t hesitate to contact us.
The greatest classic:The crocodile.
Crocodile skin is "the" utmost reference in matters of exotic leathers.
Our skins come from local Asian farms of Africa and are all delivered with the CITES ratification (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild flora and fauna).
As for stingray skin,tanning standards are extremely high.They guaranty a semi-mat finish and pleasant supple texture.
Crocodiles scales are impressive and will always create a sensation on larger volume jewelry.
In point of quality,the leather is very resistant and wears well,it may,however, include some scars or "natural imperfections" wich much be accepted by customers as a mark of veritable authenticity.
In addition,colour hues are bound to vary a little according to the different skin batches.
Maintenance is rather simple as a common neutral shoe polish applied regularly willa loow to keep the skin for many long years.
The most durable:The stingray.
The word “Galuchat” doesn’t designate a species of ray,it was the name of a Parisian sheath-maker who found the art of softening and colouring the back of sting rays.
We use four different species of rays:Some which are more convenient for the manufacture of round bangles and necklaces, others for wallets and bags.
The knack lies therefore in selecting the right skin for the right item and choosing the right place where to cut out the shapes in order to maximize the skin and get the best possible results.This is what our craftsmen have been trained to achieve.
Although we are deeply concerned with making and selling the highest quality ever possible we also care about not wasting this magnificent skin So as to avoid excessive consumption.
This is the reason that we wish that our customers may accept some intrinsic “imperfections”:
1)The natural little holes on the borders and under the eyes which will be filled on making the items and thus almost invisible.
2)Some small scars or irregularities which at times may create tiny intervals between grains.
3)A few cracked grains.
As a general rule,the size of grains varies according to the kind of skin used which doesn’t enable customers to dictate the exact size of grains in the finished products.
Tanning varies also a little according to the thickness of the skins just as colours permeate differently according to the fineness of grains resulting in somewhat deeper or lighter hues for different batches or even some white grains in the thickest skins.
Our jewellery bases made in stingray skin allow an infinite profusion of designs.Our creations are altogether sober and chic, colourful and discrete (refined) fine (delicate) but eye catching.Always becoming,they will never go unnoticed.
Vibrancy,colours,structured forms,genuineness and originality are in fashion.They are what we have had at heart to share in with you along our different lines.
Mixing raw materials is also very trendy so don’t hesitate to make your own suggestions.
Some specifications in the making of stingray products have to be acknowledged:
1) The round bangles are generally the trickiest items to make and fold; despite our expertise in choosing the best skins and the supplest parts, the leather may at times be slightly undulated on the sides of the bangles. This is due to the arched structure of the item and does not cause any displeased among customers.
2) The jointing line in Galuchat leather is necessarily visible on all the round bracelets. As regards the necklaces this lines will not be seen as it faces the skin when the necklace is worn by the customer. As regards bracelets the line is slightly visible sideways.
3) In the case of bags, wallets, and other products for which we use the central pearl in the middle of the skin, we often choose to slightly decenter this pearl or even place it on another side of the item in order to be cost effective.
4) Light coloured skins such as celadon, baby blue, tangerine hot and soft pink generally display grains which are darker or paler than the skin; This contrast which may be stronger on the sides of items is a natural reaction to the dyeing process and thus a proof of authenticity.
5) Sting ray leather is very easy to maintain as some soap, an old toothbrush and some water are all the necessary requirements to get rid of possible stains. Just brush a little and rinse off. If you feel like brightening up you bracelet a little use a liquid wax and rather than a paste.
The most spectacular:The ostrich.
Ostrich leg is a small skin that starts at the knee joint and ends up at its toe.This structure being very ethnic and rigid not all complicated products can be envisaged.The widest part of the skin near the knee bears flat scales in its middle.
Lower down these scales start curling up to allow flexibility.
As the general rule we can manufacture only two products per leg:one with the well jointed scales,the other with the ones curling up on their borders.Both aspects are of interest. Accepting both avoids wasting a lot of skin.
Experience has shown that the scales are in no way fragile.
They do not tear,but become suppler with use.
The animal being very susceptible to scratches or accidents in this part of its body,only a very small percentage of the skins are absolutely no natural fault.It is,therefore,necessary that our customers should accept some small scars or "natural flaws" on the skins.
Generally,the central parts are quite smooth,the natural flaw being a little more visible on the edges.
Tanning ostrich legs is a very delicate and complex process.Colour shades are never totally identical from one batch to the other so some little variations must be accepted.
As regards maintenance,the only way to look after items is to apply bee wax regularly or synthetic waxes such as those used for car seats.
The sexiest:The snake.
The snake is a powerfull beast.You can always tell its skin by its spectacular prominent black marks,the rougher grain aspect of its structure.
Thanks of the diversity of the numerous breedingfarms in Asia,we are able to use a variety of species.
All our batches are ratified by the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild flora and fauna ).
Snake skins are supple and narrow but,rather delicate because of the exteme fineness of their scales wich tend to curl up.
Customers should therefore be very careful to avoid all abrasive contacts.
Maintenance is rather basic:A common neutral (uncoloured) shoe polish is all that is required to nourish and maintnain snake skins.
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