Hill Tribe Silver is made by the Karen Hill Tribe in northern Thailand using traditional tribal processes passed down from generation to generation. The silver content in Hilltribe silver beads and pendants is typically 95-99%, sterling silver is 92.5%. This higher silver content is softer and therefore easier to shape into unique and wonderful designs and forms. No two pieces are exactly alike since it is all handmade. Silver is at an all time high. I am offering these necklaces at $2.00 a gram which is below wholesale cost.