Recognized as the premier maker of these sought after collectibles, Saturno, an Italian company of artisans, has specialized in the production of these irresistible cast miniatures for over 20 years. Each piece begins with the study of the live animal portrayed. A wax prototype is made by the artist, detailing the special features of the species. Cast in sterling silver, each figure is checked by hand, sculpted smooth and polished. The enameling process involves a technique of meticulously hand-painting layers of overlapping glazes onto the silver, giving each of the creatures even more depth, definition, and lots of character. Pieces are treated to protect them from tarnishing.