The Karen Hill Tribe people live in northern Thailand. These silversmiths use traditional tribal methods passed from generation to generation. The silver content of Hill Tribe work is usually 95 to 99% silver. Compare this to sterling which is 92.5% silver. This means that the Karen Hill Tribe silver is softer than sterling. If you look carefully, you can see that the work is all handmade and unique - no two components are exactly alike.