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Unique, beautiful and elegant, top quality pieces.
We are proud to offer you the largest selection of authentic antique and vintage replica medals on the Internet. All the pieces in our collection of over 1,000 different medals and crosses are crafted by hand in the US. A great number of them are made from antique replica models from all over the world. Some of them true antiquities! Others are made from vintage and contemporary artisanal, hand fabricated models. So lovely!
• Measures Approximately: 5/8" or 16mm
• Authentic Antique or Vintage Original Replica
• Made by Hand
• Available in True Bronze & Sterling Silver
• Handcrafted in the U.S.
• Worldwide Shipping
Our medal collection is created with the highest quality and durability in mind, and will inspire and embellish your designs, whether you use them as pendants on a chain, or to create fine "wearable art" jewelry.
To see all of our inventory and handmade rosaries, please visit www.sacredartjewelry.com
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Shipping & policies
In order to be able to offer you almost 1000 handmade items in sterling silver and bronze, and in quantity, we depend on an inventory flow that comes in twice per week.
Items in stock are usually shipped the day after confirmed payment. Otherwise, our shipping schedule is as follows:
Orders placed by Monday, 9am Eastern are scheduled to ship on the following Thursday.
Orders placed by Friday, 9am Eastern are scheduled to ship on the following Monday.
Optional: You may upgrade to Priority or Priority Express. Please note that an upgrade does not change the shipping schedule stated above. https://www.etsy.com/shop/sacredartjewelrycom?section_id=15370472&ref=shopsection_leftnav_10
Optional: You may now add shipping insurance to your order in case it is lost, or not delivered. Just add it to your cart: https://www.etsy.com/listing/190981514/optional-shipping-insurance-for-your?ref=shop_home_feat_4
I ship overseas, worldwide, all the time. When your order enters your country, it may be inspected by your local Customs offices, and fees or taxes may be applicable.
As an option, you can choose to send your package via PRIORITY Mail International, which includes insurance for up to US$200.00, and a tracking number. It will arrive to most major destinations in approximately 10 business days. Simply add this to your cart. Here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/208557164/international-priority-mail-flat-rate?ref=shop_home_active_2
FIRST CLASS International : This is automatically added to your order at checkout. Please note: When an order is sent overseas, all I get is the invoice from the post office, but this does not help us locate or track the package. It only serves to prove to Etsy that your order was shipped. It is sent well packed, in a big manila envelope, and will have the invoice attached on the outside, so custom's officials in your country will be able to determine what is inside without opening it. That should help speed up the process of getting your items through to you. If 5 weeks go by, and you do not receive it, you must contact your local post office. They will be able to inform you who to contact at Customs, or how to proceed.
How can I judge the size of a medal?
Compare the approximate size of the piece as stated in the listings' descriptions keeping in mind that a US quarter dollar is one inch (25mm), while a nickle is 3/4" or 19mm.
What is the difference between 'true bronze' and just 'bronze'?
Bronze is an alloy, which means it is a combination of different metals melted together. As such, the amounts used in any given formula ultimately depend on how much or how little of each metal the caster decides to use. Quality may widely, from little more than tin brass to perfectly balanced golden bronze.
The casters that produce the handmade pieces for Sacred Art Jewelry use top quality bronze alloys to create them. These are proven formulas that have been used for centuries. That is why our pieces are not only exact replicas of the authentic originals in the collection, they also feel like the real thing when you hold them in your hands. Like a real treasure! Visit us at Sacred Art Medals.com
How are the bronze and sterling silver pieces created?
The method used to create these exquisite bronze and sterling pieces is Lost Wax Casting, also called cire-perdue. It is an ancient process dating back from the 3rd millennium BC to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. It has sustained few changes since then, and is still the best method for capturing exquisite detail in metal objects, which could not otherwise be produced given the complexity of their design.
This process allows anything modeled in wax to be recreated fully and faithfully into various metals. It is still the preferred method for producing fine jewelry all over the world because it produces the best quality in the finished products in terms of perfectly accurate detailing in the finished pieces. Involving many steps that need to be meticulously followed, the casting is all done by hand by specialized professionals, with the utmost care taken for quality control from start to finish, piece by piece. Lost wax casting is a demanding and expensive process, but rewards the artisan with an object of great detail and individuality.
How can I keep my medals clean, even out the finish, or recover the original metal color, and increase the shine?
To eliminate tarnish, highlight the details, and increase the shine on your pieces, you can wash them with a homemade paste made by mixing baking soda with white vinegar until you get a solid, but a little runny, consistency. Rub the pieces with your fingers, or use an old toothbrush to scrub them. Rinse, and swirl them on a bowl with a little dish washing detergent mixed with water, then rinse again. Pat dry, and voila!
Doing the same with a mixture of vinegar and salt will take out even more of the antique finish, bringing out more of the gold color in the bronze. If this is the finish you prefer, you can also dip the pieces in the this mixture, and work wet when you are buffing them as described below.
To even out the finish, add even more shine, and really highlight the details, (in less than one minute!) you can buff them with the finer grits of an ordinary nail buffer which you can buy at a drugstore, or with steel wool (0000), before cleaning them as described above. You will be very pleased with the results!
How can I make sure the pieces I like go well together?
Your rosary parts should go well together in proportion, and in design. When I am choosing my parts, I look for common elements such as the borders. Do they both have a similar border, or no border at all? Another thing is the motif, for example, is it floral? scrolls? One more thing to look at is the geometrical form, are the two pieces angular? rounded? Generally, even if the two pieces have in common just one of these elements, they will look good together. In terms of size and proportion, the center should be 1/3 to 1/2 the size of the crucifix.
What metals are your antiqued bronze chains made of?
Our antiqued Bronze chains have an antique oxidized finish over solid brass, which is made of copper and zinc. They are nickel-free and lead-free.
What is White Bronze?
White Bronze is a metal alloy with a very attractive silvery appearance. It has a warm, antique silver sheen, very smooth and virtually nonporous. It is also highly resistant to corrosion and breakdown, and another great feature of white bronze is that it will not tarnish.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask.