Q: Is a variance in size in my Hill Tribe silver normal?
A: Yes! Hill Tribe or Thai silver is hand-crafted by the Karen Hill Tribes of Thailand. It is all rolled and hammered with primitive tools. They take great care with their designs, and they do use stamps on many of the pieces. However, even with the greatest of care, the size and shape will vary a bit from piece to piece. Many of the designs are not stamped, and are still created by hand. You will see a variance in those pieces as well. The slight differences in the work create an organic, unique look desirable to many beaders.