Sunday, May 20, 2012
Tawid Silver, Baguio
The showroom of Tawid Silver can be seen from the front door of my friend's house, making it look like it's a stone's throw away. Marissa's gate to Tawid's gate is the same distance as a par-4, but after Tawid's main gate, it's an uphill climb and a few meandering steps up, up and up. I'm so unfit, I was panting at the top.
But what treasures awaited. I'm hardly a jewelry person, but I like to see what things are available in the places I visit. Baguio has always been known for sterling silver jewelry. I don't know exactly why, but I read somewhere that the Cordilleras has abundant mineral reserves--silver, gold, copper. I would have to ask my more knowledgeable mining friend.
There are many popular silver shops in Baguio but Marissa likes Tawid because of their designs and high quality.
My sister Lita in Sydney would love these--they are expensive there. I got her something. I also owe another friend a birthday gift, so I got her a pair of dangling squares. And then I saw basic silver loops, and I'm a plain-jewelry sort of person, so I bought myself the loops. If they get lost on one of my trips, I don't feel so bad.
What I was actually looking for are flat oval silver lockets for the girls. They want to put in pictures of Angelica and Mataji, their best friends who just went home to the States. I've seen those lockets before, but I just can't remember who makes them.
I also got myself a long chain for my costume jewelry pendants because I'm allergic to non-precious metal (I get a stinging sensation when I wear those costume jewelry chains).
Marissa got into the act and tried on a few things too, but since she lives right beside the showroom, she never has to rush a decision. Actually if I were the Tawid people, for all the business Marissa brings over from her Manila friends, I would give her what she touches.
Yvonne and I circled the cases while Marissa decided to sit it out instead. Yvonne finally got herself her own mother's day gift. It was two inches too short when she first tried it on but they lengthened it right there, in the workshop a floor below the showroom.
Tawid has been around for about 20 years, making silver jewelry under another brand. They're just not aggressive marketers, that's why they sound like a new brand to us lowlanders.