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Jewelry Alloys

The Growth of NEY and the Jewelry Industry

Merriam Webster describes “costume jewelry” as “Jewelry designed for wear with current fashions and usually made of inexpensive materials“. The fact is that adornment for the body with abundant, inexpensive materials, dates back to ancient times when even seashells were used as “fashion items”.

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, almost all jewelry was manufactured with precious metals and stones. When women of the day started to demand a less expensive alternative, manufactures began to produce the simulated look of fine jewelry with “Paste” (a reflective, leaded glass made into stones) and the use of copper alloys. One famous alloy was invented by Christopher Pinchbeck, a clock maker from the eighteenth century. It was basically an alloy of copper and zinc that looked similar to gold. But true costume jewelry, or the more accurate term, “Fashion Jewelry” as we know it today, began in the 20th Century.

It all started in NEY’s backyard in New York City with our Casting Alloys:

When two World Wars, a stock market crash and a Great Depression forced many to abandon precious jewelry, the manufacturers and designers turned to non-precious alloys and components to create fashion pieces as an alternative. NEY was instrumental in designing and supplying these alloys to the new Power Houses of Costume Jewelry as they began to grow in Manhattan.

World War II caused a disassociation from the design studios like, Chanel in Paris, so jewelry designers turned their attention to the US market. As these historic companies grew, such as Coro (Cohn & Rosenberger), Miriam Haskell and Trifari, they looked to NEY for their raw material alloy needs. During the war, Ney was able to use ration coupons to purchase Tin in order to produce the alloys used in Fashion Jewelry at that time. When those rations dried up for the private industries, NEY designed new casting alloys made from Zinc, which allowed jewelry producers an alternative.

That rich history and long standing relationship continued with NEY, even after the giants of the industry, such as Monet, Napier, 1928, Bijou, Coro of Canada and so many others, began to build factories in Providence, Rhode Island and beyond. We were a key supplier of innovative and quality spin cast alloys that allowed these large factories to flourish by producing classic designs, some of which are pieces now being sought after as highly collectible works of art. NEY continued to be that key alloy supplier to the smaller New York City based businesses that were important job shops, manufacturing special pieces for the other firms.

As in all products that must maintain a low cost, most of those companies, both in New York and Rhode Island, began to move their operations to lower cost offshore factories. Ney followed them every step of the way with supporting alloys and new Lead Free formulas, which grew in demand during the 1980’s. Even to this day, NEY is a supplier to prestigious European, Asian and Pacific Rim companies that have refined the craft of producing, high quality, Fashion Jewelry that will one day be accepted as wearable art.

NEY has decades of extensive experience creating Pewters, Jewelry alloys and solders for a myriad of uses. We can offer custom formulations to meet your needs. Please contact our sales department for additional information.

Featured Product Specifications

Product
Name
Ney
Product
Code
Form Product
Description
Lead Free Pewter Alloy with Silver - ENTB 798NENTB 4-5 Ingot Tin: 97-99% with Bismuth and Silver in a proprietary formula.

This is a high purity Tin based Lead Free Pewter Alloy, that meets or exceeds most Lead Free requirements. We certify it to be less than 50 ppm Lead Content. It works well in Spin Cast Rubber or Silicone Molds for designs with thick cross sections or a smooth, polished finish and some malleability.
Lead Free Pewter Alloy with Silver - ENT 798NENT 4-5 Ingot Tin: 97-99% with Bismuth and Silver in a proprietary formula.

This is a high purity, economical version of our best selling ENTB Alloy. A Tin based Lead Free Pewter Alloy that does not contain Antimony. This is important for some regulations, especially in the European markets. It works well in Spin Cast Rubber or Silicone Molds for designs with thick cross sections or a smooth, polished finish and some malleability.
Lead Free Pewter Alloy - R8 (Britannia) 791NR8 4-5 Ingot Tin: 91-93% with Antimony and Copper.

This is a Lead Free Pewter, also referred to as a Britannia Alloy that works well in Spin Cast Molds for designs, such as Fashion (Costume) Jewelry, with thin cross sections or fine filigree and maximum detail requiring less malleability and more strength.
Lead Free Pewter Alloy - B7(Gravity Cast) 792NB7 4-5 Ingot Tin: 91-93% with Antimony and Copper.

This Lead Free Pewter Alloy is high in Copper to allow it to work well in Open Face, Gravity Pour, Sand and Cast Iron Molds with maximum detail. Has good strength.
Lead Free Pewter Alloy - B7 791NB7C 5 lb. Ingot- Cut At Each Notch- approx. 1# Tin: 91-93% with Antimony and Copper.

This Lead Free Pewter Alloy is in an easy to handle form. It work well in Open Face, Gravity Pour, Sand and Cast Iron Molds with maximum detail. It has good strength due to the increased Copper content.
Lead Free Pewter Alloy - B7 791NB7S 1/4" and Down Shot Tin: 91-93% with Antimony and Copper.

This Lead Free Pewter Alloy is in shot form for small crucibles and special melts. Ideal for Trade School Classroom Environments. It is high in Copper for good strength and works well in Open Face, Gravity Pour, Sand and Cast Iron Molds with maximum detail.
Custom Spin Cast Pewter Alloy with Lead - 9244 (92 Metal) 792N9244 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum) Tin: 91-93% with Lead and Antimony. Balance of Formula is Proprietary. 

The Original American Pewter Alloy that has been used for Jewelry, Pewter Figurines. It works well in Spin Cast Rubber and Silicone Molds. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and High Antimony for better flow and strength.
Custom Spin Cast Pewter Alloy with Lead - D1 792ND1 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum) Tin: 91-93% with Lead and Antimony. Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

An American Pewter Alloy that works well in Spin Cast Rubber and Silicone Molds for castings that are plated. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and Low percentage of Antimony for Malleability and Less Porosity.
Custom Spin Cast Pewter Alloy with Lead - D3 792ND3 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum) Tin: 91-93% with Lead and Antimony. Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

An American Pewter Alloy that works well in Spin Cast Rubber and Silicone Molds for castings that are plated. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and a Moderate percentage of Antimony for strength.
Custom Spin Cast Pewter Alloy with Lead - D5 792ND5 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum) Tin; 91-93% with Lead and Antimony. Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

An American Pewter Alloy that works well in Spin Cast Rubber and Silicone Molds for castings that are plated. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and a High percentage of Antimony for better flow and strength.
Custom Spin Cast Pewter Alloy with Lead - DM (88 Metal) 789NDM 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum) Tin: 89-91% with Lead and Antimony. Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

The Most Popular American Pewter used for Collectable Pewter Figurines, Promotional Items, Trophy's, High Fashion Belt Buckles. It works well in Spin Cast Rubber and Silicone Molds. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and a Medium amount of Antimony for better flow and strength.
Special Casting Alloy -N37 570NN37 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum) Lead: 69-71%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

A Custom Ornamental Alloy used in the casting of Promotional Items and Costume Jewelry that get plated or E-Coated. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and Medium Antimony for better flow and strength.
Special Casting Alloy -A35 567NA35 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum) Lead: 66-68%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

A Custom Alloy used in the casting of Costume Jewelry, Promotional Items and Figurines that get painted or plated. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and Medium Antimony for better flow and strength.
Special Casting Alloy -T35 563NT35 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum) Lead: 62-64%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

A Custom Lead Based Alloy with a low casting temperature for longer mold life. It is used in the casting of Costume Jewelry and Figurines that get plated or glazed. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and Medium Antimony for better flow and strength.
Special Casting Alloy - C24 560NC24 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum) Lead: 58-60%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

A Custom Alloy with a very narrow plastic range that will freeze in the mold quickly to capture detail. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and Medium Antimony for better flow and strength.
Special Casting Alloy -4015 558N4015 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum) Lead: 57- 59%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

A Custom Alloy used in the casting of Figurines, Belt Buckles that are painted, plated or E-Coated. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and Medium Antimony for better flow and strength.
Special Casting Alloy - MC94 553NMC94 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum) Lead: 52-54%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

A Custom Tin based Alloy that has a low melting point for use in RTV molds. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and Medium Antimony for better flow and strength.
Type 426 Centrifugal Spin Casting Alloy 592N426 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum) Lead: 91-93%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

An Economical Custom Alloy used in the casting of Promotional Items and Costume Jewelry that get plated or E-Coated. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and Medium Antimony for better flow and strength.
Type C6 Centrifugal Spin Casting Alloy 592NC6B 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum) Lead: 91-93%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

An Economical Custom Alloy used for Belt Buckles, Ornamental Jewelry, small Statues.
Type C7 Centrifugal Spin Casting Alloy 592NC7 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum) Lead: 91-93%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

An Economical Custom Alloy used for Promotional Items
Type A77 Centrifugal Spin Casting Alloy 589NA77 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum) Lead: 88-90%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

An Economical Custom Alloy used for Economical, Decorative items. These Ornamental Alloys are easy to polish and Electroplate.
Type C10A Centrifugal Spin Casting Alloy 589NC10A 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum) Lead: 88-90%,

Balance of Formula is Proprietary. An Economical Custom Alloy used for Economical Fashion Jewelry, Ornamental Items, Promotional Items where high weight is desirable for the product.
Zinc Spin Casting Silicone Mold Alloy - S1 892NS1 4-20 lb. Kor-Zee Ingot Zinc: Zinc 90-94%.

A Lead Free Zinc Alloy that works well in Spin Cast Vulcanized Silicone Molds for designs with thick cross sections or minimal detail. Contains Proprietary Grain Refiners for improved casting properties.
Zinc Spin Casting Silicone Mold Alloy - S1A 892NS1A 4-20 lb. Kor-Zee Ingot Zinc: Zinc 90-94%.

A More Economical Lead Free Zinc Alloy that works well in Spin Cast Vulcanized Silicone Molds for designs with thick cross sections or minimal detail. Contains Proprietary Grain Refiners for improved casting properties.
Zinc Spin Casting Silicone Mold Alloy - J1 892NJ1 4-20 lb. Kor-Zee Ingot Zinc: Zinc 90-94%.

A Lead Free Zinc Alloy that works well in Spin Cast Vulcanized Silicone Molds for designs with thin cross sections or maximum detail. Contains Proprietary Grain Refiners for improved flow into the mold.
Lead Free Pewter Alloy with Silver - ENTB
Ney Product Code 798NENTB
Form 4-5 Ingot
Product Description Tin: 97-99% with Bismuth and Silver in a proprietary formula.

This is a high purity Tin based Lead Free Pewter Alloy, that meets or exceeds most Lead Free requirements. We certify it to be less than 50 ppm Lead Content. It works well in Spin Cast Rubber or Silicone Molds for designs with thick cross sections or a smooth, polished finish and some malleability."
Lead Free Pewter Alloy with Silver - ENT
Ney Product Code 798NENT
Form 4-5 Ingot
Product Description Tin: 97-99% with Bismuth and Silver in a proprietary formula.

This is a high purity, economical version of our best selling ENTB Alloy. A Tin based Lead Free Pewter Alloy that does not contain Antimony. This is important for some regulations, especially in the European markets. It works well in Spin Cast Rubber or Silicone Molds for designs with thick cross sections or a smooth, polished finish and some malleability."
Lead Free Pewter Alloy - R8 (Britannia)
Ney Product Code 791NR8
Form 4-5 Ingot
Product Description Tin: 91-93% with Antimony and Copper.

This is a Lead Free Pewter, also referred to as a Britannia Alloy that works well in Spin Cast Molds for designs, such as Fashion (Costume) Jewelry, with thin cross sections or fine filigree and maximum detail requiring less malleability and more strength."
Lead Free Pewter Alloy - B7(Gravity Cast)
Ney Product Code 792NB7
Form 4-5 Ingot
Product Description Tin: 91-93% with Antimony and Copper.

This Lead Free Pewter Alloy is high in Copper to allow it to work well in Open Face, Gravity Pour, Sand and Cast Iron Molds with maximum detail. Has good strength."
Lead Free Pewter Alloy - B7
Ney Product Code 791NB7C
Form 5 lb. Ingot- Cut At Each Notch- approx. 1#
Product Description Tin: 91-93% with Antimony and Copper.

This Lead Free Pewter Alloy is in an easy to handle form. It work well in Open Face, Gravity Pour, Sand and Cast Iron Molds with maximum detail. It has good strength due to the increased Copper content."
Lead Free Pewter Alloy - B7
Ney Product Code 791NB7S
Form 1/4" and Down Shot
Product Description Tin: 91-93% with Antimony and Copper.

This Lead Free Pewter Alloy is in shot form for small crucibles and special melts. Ideal for Trade School Classroom Environments. It is high in Copper for good strength and works well in Open Face, Gravity Pour, Sand and Cast Iron Molds with maximum detail."
Custom Spin Cast Pewter Alloy with Lead - 9244 (92 Metal)
Ney Product Code 792N9244
Form 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum)
Product Description Tin: 91-93% with Lead and Antimony. Balance of Formula is Proprietary. 

The Original American Pewter Alloy that has been used for Jewelry, Pewter Figurines. It works well in Spin Cast Rubber and Silicone Molds. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and High Antimony for better flow and strength."
Custom Spin Cast Pewter Alloy with Lead - D1
Ney Product Code 792ND1
Form 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum)
Product Description Tin: 91-93% with Lead and Antimony. Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

An American Pewter Alloy that works well in Spin Cast Rubber and Silicone Molds for castings that are plated. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and Low percentage of Antimony for Malleability and Less Porosity.
Custom Spin Cast Pewter Alloy with Lead - D3
Ney Product Code 792ND3
Form 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum)
Product Description Tin: 91-93% with Lead and Antimony. Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

An American Pewter Alloy that works well in Spin Cast Rubber and Silicone Molds for castings that are plated. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and a Moderate percentage of Antimony for strength.
Custom Spin Cast Pewter Alloy with Lead - D5
Ney Product Code 792ND5
Form 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum)
Product Description Tin; 91-93% with Lead and Antimony. Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

An American Pewter Alloy that works well in Spin Cast Rubber and Silicone Molds for castings that are plated. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and a High percentage of Antimony for better flow and strength.
Custom Spin Cast Pewter Alloy with Lead - DM (88 Metal)
Ney Product Code 789NDM
Form 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum)
Product Description Tin: 89-91% with Lead and Antimony. Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

The Most Popular American Pewter used for Collectable Pewter Figurines, Promotional Items, Trophy's, High Fashion Belt Buckles. It works well in Spin Cast Rubber and Silicone Molds. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and a Medium amount of Antimony for better flow and strength."
Special Casting Alloy -N37
Ney Product Code 570NN37
Form 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum)
Product Description Lead: 69-71%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

A Custom Ornamental Alloy used in the casting of Promotional Items and Costume Jewelry that get plated or E-Coated. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and Medium Antimony for better flow and strength."
Special Casting Alloy -A35
Ney Product Code 567NA35
Form 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum)
Product Description Lead: 66-68%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

A Custom Alloy used in the casting of Costume Jewelry, Promotional Items and Figurines that get painted or plated. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and Medium Antimony for better flow and strength."
Special Casting Alloy -T35
Ney Product Code 563NT35
Form 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum)
Product Description Lead: 62-64%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

A Custom Lead Based Alloy with a low casting temperature for longer mold life. It is used in the casting of Costume Jewelry and Figurines that get plated or glazed. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and Medium Antimony for better flow and strength."
Special Casting Alloy - C24
Ney Product Code 560NC24
Form 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum)
Product Description Lead: 58-60%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

A Custom Alloy with a very narrow plastic range that will freeze in the mold quickly to capture detail. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and Medium Antimony for better flow and strength."
Special Casting Alloy -4015
Ney Product Code 558N4015
Form 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum)
Product Description Lead: 57- 59%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

A Custom Alloy used in the casting of Figurines, Belt Buckles that are painted, plated or E-Coated. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and Medium Antimony for better flow and strength."
Special Casting Alloy - MC94
Ney Product Code 553NMC94
Form 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum)
Product Description Lead: 52-54%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

A Custom Tin based Alloy that has a low melting point for use in RTV molds. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and Medium Antimony for better flow and strength."
Type 426 Centrifugal Spin Casting Alloy
Ney Product Code 592N426
Form 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum)
Product Description Lead: 91-93%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

An Economical Custom Alloy used in the casting of Promotional Items and Costume Jewelry that get plated or E-Coated. Contains Lead to reduce porosity and Medium Antimony for better flow and strength."
Type C6 Centrifugal Spin Casting Alloy
Ney Product Code 592NC6B
Form 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum)
Product Description Lead: 91-93%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

An Economical Custom Alloy used for Belt Buckles, Ornamental Jewelry, small Statues. "
Type C7 Centrifugal Spin Casting Alloy
Ney Product Code 592NC7
Form 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum)
Product Description Lead: 91-93%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

An Economical Custom Alloy used for Promotional Items"
Type A77 Centrifugal Spin Casting Alloy
Ney Product Code 589NA77
Form 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum)
Product Description Lead: 88-90%, Balance of Formula is Proprietary.

An Economical Custom Alloy used for Economical, Decorative items. These Ornamental Alloys are easy to polish and Electroplate. "
Type C10A Centrifugal Spin Casting Alloy
Ney Product Code 589NC10A
Form 4-5 Ney Ingot (100 lb. Minimum)
Product Description Lead: 88-90%,

Balance of Formula is Proprietary. An Economical Custom Alloy used for Economical Fashion Jewelry, Ornamental Items, Promotional Items where high weight is desirable for the product."
Zinc Spin Casting Silicone Mold Alloy - S1
Ney Product Code 892NS1
Form 4-20 lb. Kor-Zee Ingot
Product Description Zinc: Zinc 90-94%.

A Lead Free Zinc Alloy that works well in Spin Cast Vulcanized Silicone Molds for designs with thick cross sections or minimal detail. Contains Proprietary Grain Refiners for improved casting properties.
Zinc Spin Casting Silicone Mold Alloy - S1A
Ney Product Code 892NS1A
Form 4-20 lb. Kor-Zee Ingot
Product Description Zinc: Zinc 90-94%.

A More Economical Lead Free Zinc Alloy that works well in Spin Cast Vulcanized Silicone Molds for designs with thick cross sections or minimal detail. Contains Proprietary Grain Refiners for improved casting properties.
Zinc Spin Casting Silicone Mold Alloy - J1
Ney Product Code 892NJ1
Form 4-20 lb. Kor-Zee Ingot
Product Description Zinc: Zinc 90-94%.

A Lead Free Zinc Alloy that works well in Spin Cast Vulcanized Silicone Molds for designs with thin cross sections or maximum detail. Contains Proprietary Grain Refiners for improved flow into the mold.