*Zinc alloy metal is also known as Tibetan silver. It is referenced as "pewter" by some sellers and customers. Although high quality and lead safe, zinc alloy is a different metal than the traditional American made pewter. Pewter is a tin-based alloy, and is considered by most jewelers, craftsmen, and collectors as a precious metal. The charms in this listing are made of a zinc-based alloy, which provides quality charm detail with a more economical price.