OUR MATERIALS AND CRAFTSMANSHIP 

 

All of our jewelry is handmade using only the finest materials throughout the manufacturing process.

Our current collections are made using various materials such as .925 sterling silver, 14K & 22K gold, precious and semiprecious stones. Designs in our upcoming collections will be composed of existing materials and produced in their original handcrafted fashion, plus we’ll be adding a new variety of skins, metals, stones and processing methods. The premium quality craftsmanship and materials, along with the consistency in precision, will forever remain Talis Elements staples.

Because so many of our products are made using leather and exotic skins, we employ a meticulous selection process when choosing our materials. Our craftsmen are working with only the finest quality, ethically sourced skins and leathers that also reflect the beauty of nature, thus carrying out our mission of creating “luxury with a purpose” talismans.

OUR STANDARDS:

We work with suppliers and manufacturers who ensure that their products are sourced ethically.

In an effort to support organizations close to our hearts and values, we donate:

  • 5% of all annual profits to LPP.
  • 5% all annual profits to the selection of animal shelters focused on battling cruelty for animals.

 

LEATHERS

STRINGRAY

Thanks to millions of years of evolution, stingray skin is incredibly durable and naturally resistant to moisture. Our master jewelers use traditional techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation to make this rugged material unbelievingly malleable before transforming it into beautiful jewelry.

The stingray does not have skeleton but rather a dense, keratinized layer of skin that holds its internal organs in place, making the skin very durable. As a result, traditional people all over the world have made use of its incredible properties. The unmatched Samurai warriors of Japan, for example, covered their sword hilts, scabbard and armor with stingray skin in order to make them resistant to the cuts of enemy katanas.

The colors and textures are unique for every stingray, so no two of our bracelets will ever have the same pattern. Characteristic bumps in the form of tiny pearls on the skin of the stingray provide a special chitinous layer responsible for its unique durability. It can, however, be processed in various ways to achieve a smooth and shiny texture or one that’s slightly more rugged and bumpy.

MONITOR LIZARD

In general, lizard skin once processed tends to be very smooth and has a pleasant texture – monitor lizard skin specifically has a unique diamond-shaped pattern. After working with it for decades, our masters have developed their own coloring techniques and can achieve a wide variety of shades with subtle shifts from one color to the next.

Each bracelet is individual, and the way that the color gets absorbed is unique for each skin. Variables depend on the natural pattern of the material which is different for each lizard and partially dependent upon the animal’s age.

Laws regulating the harvesting and the processing of lizard skin are not strictly enforced. Therefore, we make it a point to include regular visits to suppliers in our travels when sourcing our materials to ensure we’re working with trusted partners who are engaged in the process of ethical farming with these animals.

BEADED LIZARD

Also referred to as “studded” skin, beaded lizard skin is procured from several varieties of venomous lizards that frequent many parts of the world. Each “bead” contains a tiny part of the bone, which gives the leather an almost armor-like strength and aesthetic. Once treated by the craftsmen, the jewelry made from this type of leather make long-lasting, trendy pieces that will always be en vogue.

REPTILES (Crocodiles/Alligators/Caiman)

Reptiles' leather is known as one of the most valuable materials in the world. It’s always been a symbol of luxury and due to its natural pattern, it can’t be mistaken for any other skin.

Reptiles spend most of their time in the water which is why their skin is extremely durable and resistant to moisture. The hefty price tag attached to the products made out of this leather is a result of two distinct factors. The first is the complexity and costliness of raising the reptiles on special farms. The second is the duration and difficulty in processing the skin which can often take up to several months.

OSTRICH 

Ostrich leather has a very rare shagreen texture – it’s soft yet firm while very elastic and durable. Ostrich accessories tend to remain in great, like-new condition for decades. Due to the skin’s natural oil content, it generally doesn’t crumble or sustain damage from outside elements.

Ostrich skin processing is quite complicated and requires many hours of relatively painstaking labor which makes it an extremely valuable skin. Various parts of the ostrich can be processed for different products which is why you’ll generally find unique looks and price points with this particular skin.

Ostrich leg leather has a very scaly texture and must be kept away from water and liquids, as these can leave permanent marks. Spraying the product with a good quality scotch guard will make it more water-repellent, but not entirely water-resistant. That being said, scotch guard causes a slight darkening of color so we recommend coating your skin with only a very light layer.

Ostrich leg leather should be wiped regularly with a soft and dry cloth. Never use chemicals other than scotch guard, and always test this on a small area before applying it to the whole product in order to gauge the amount you should use. Allow your product to dry thoroughly before use or wear.

Note: Each ostrich leg product will feature natural marks and parting scales to some degree. This is part of what makes the skin so special and unique, however, it will never be considered grounds for a faulty product. In other words, we will not refund or exchange products that are returned as “faulty” if the “fault” happens to be a naturally occurring mark or blemish on the skin.

The skin parting specifically is what adds to the distinct “reptilian” look of the leather. A concern we often hear is that the scales may fall off – rest assured that the upper edge of the scales are firmly attached to the leather and will not fall off.

Ostrich Quill Leather has a polka-dot texture with a very high concentration of natural oils, making it extremely durable (more so than crocodile or snake leather and 5-6 times more than cow leather). It will become increasingly softer with use and, over time, will acquire a subtle shine. It should be cleaned often with a very slightly damp soft cloth and sprayed with a good quality scotch guard.

Ostrich Toe Leather has a mixed of both scaly and quilled areas, helping to create a very distinct look the products produced from it.

Oil stains should be treated immediately with a sprinkling of talcum powder. Allow the powder to settle into the liquid and then brush off the excess.We suggest not use any cleaning chemicals on ostrich quill leather. When liquid or water is spilled, you should wipe the skin immediately with a cloth. 

Remember that scotch guard will only make leather water-repellent and not water resistant, so it’s important to wipe off the liquid promptly. Clean water should not leave any marks when completely dried, but other liquid spills could leave marks.

Please note: Ink and direct heat will permanently mark the leather. Also, try not to leave ostrich quill leather products in the vicinity of strong heat and light sources. Both natural and artificial light can potentially cause natural fading in both types of ostrich leather.