Global Discount Products
Information on Definitions
The word "Exclusive" appearing with
the product, indicates that our talented designers and artisans from all over
the world have been called upon to craft these items with exceptional care
especially for our collections.
Alabastrite is our product line name for polyresin items. Alabastrite is a
stone-based material which can be intricately molded producing great detail, and
will allow paint to adhere. These items may be cleaned by dusting, however, they
should not be washed with water as they are painted with water soluble paints.
However, our water fountains made from alabastrite are finished and sealed with
a water resistant coating so that the alabastrite stays beautiful.
White clay with bone ash added. Bone ash content
must be at least 25% by U. S. guidelines. Fired at 1800 degrees. The translucent
material is finished with a glaze or underglaze (matte). Lighter, stronger, more
expensive than porcelain.
The most successful simulated diamond.
Properties such as refraction, hardness, and specific gravity are remarkably
similar to diamonds. Example: 27432. Cubic zirconia are very hard to distinguish
from diamonds; sometimes a jewelers loop will be needed to see the difference.
Extremely hard, highly refractive colorless or
white crystalline of carbon. Diamonds, like all gemstones, are judged in terms
of Carats, or weight (different from Karats, as in gold purity).
A magnesia-rich, sedimentary rock resembling
limestone, dolomite is either gray, pink or white in color.
Acrylic items are given the French Lilac
process, (used on glass), to achieve the distinctive frosted look.
Rubies, sapphires, emeralds and amethysts, often
treasured as birthstones, fall under the category of gemstones. (Birthstones are
listed in the back of your WOP catalog.) Gemstones are priced and graded by
The ultimate precious metal. Virtually
indestructible, amazingly malleable, doesn't rust or tarnish. Graded by purity;
in the U.S. a scale of 24 is used, so 24 Karats (24K) is 100% pure. 18K is 18
parts gold and 6 parts alloy (other metals), and so on. 10K is the legal
minimum for Karat-graded gold. The word "Plumb"
indicates the exact purity of the piece.
Gypsum is a white mineral which is usually used
to make Plaster of Paris.
To closely emulate a special stone found in
China which is known for its deep red color, these items are created using an alabastrite polyresin. Hong Tze pieces are highly polished, further bringing out
the intense, deep red color.
Jade porcelain is a type of porcelain made with
a finer clay. Usually no glaze or only a colorless glaze will be applied at the
final firing to show off the very smooth surface and to preserve the
translucency. Example: 27112. Jade Porcelain is used for night lights because of
its high degree of translucency when lit.
Unique fabric or paper prints are applied to the
surface of porcelain, dolomite or polyresin items. After application, 12 layers
of lacquer are added and the item is hand polished to a high gloss between each
A smooth, lustrous, variously-colored deposit
formed around a grain of sand in the shell of a certain mollusk. Pearls may be
formed naturally or "cultured" through an artificial implanting process.
Fine ground white clay, molded and fired in an
oven for eight hours at 1200 degrees. Finished with a glazed, underglazed, or
"bisque" finish. Glazing produces a high gloss; underglaze produces a matte
finish. Bisque is a matte finish without glaze. After finishing, the item is
"cooked" for six hours at 800 degrees.
To qualify as "sterling" a given piece must be
composed of a least 92.5% pure silver.
White clay with fine ground stone. Working with
stoneware demands great expertise, and is in fact becoming a lost art. Stoneware
is safe to use in microwave and conventional ovens.