STERLING SILVER is produced in a fineness of 925/1000, the highest fineness, which best corresponds to the high standards of quality desired. It could be produced in 800/1000 where there are 800 silver sections and 200 copper parts.
SILVER-PLATE is produced using alloy as a base metal for all the collections of flatware (including serving pieces). The silverware is produced on a base of thick brass silverplated 6 microns.
Under no circumstances are used low-quality metals (such as sheet iron) or cheap alloys (like zamac).
HAND DECORATED GLASS is the result of a exiting union between silverplated metals and different materials. With warm and intense colours, glass objects are hand painted with brush strokes that create different texture every time. Each piece is different from another, unique and unrepeatable because representative of a production process completely handmade.
In order to be processed silver is combined with copper in varying percentages regulated by law, which determine the league title. The first stage of processing silver is the fusion, from which is obtained the ingot, which is transformed into sheets of varying thickness by lamination after he is pressed between the rolls of the rolling mill. The plate get thanks to this process - may vary in the size and thickness - is then machined using different methods depending on the object to be realized.
Stamping: is a technique carried out with steel molds and it is used to produce cutlery and other objects, which will then be subsequently finished by hand.
Turning: disks of various sizes and thicknesses are turned and they begin to take on the desired shapes, round or oval which will be produced plates, vases, table centerpieces, sugar bowls etc ..
Hammering: is used to produce trays, vases and any other item that requires manual execution. This technique also allows to decorate the outer surface of an object already achieved. To do this we need specific hammers.
Repoussage: this is a technique to bring out the relief decoration - on the top or in the bottom of the objects - by working in a negative, namely the reverse. The repoussage is practiced with the use of a hammer.
Chiseling: it needs to clarify the contours and the body of products using small steel chisels. These ones are used to reduce slightly the surface of silver without producing waste, to outline forms and sharp corners .
To make sure that the metal will not yield under the blows of the chisel, the object is filled with a mixture of pitch, gypsum and other components that make it elastic preventing the slab to crack.
Engraving: it is one of the oldest techniques involving the surface of the object in silver on which was previously designed the ornamental motif. The design is engraved with a metal point, using a tool called "graver" and the incision is obtained with a sharp steel tip. The incision can also be guilloche, when it is obtained with machines operated manually carving wavy or straight lines, which are get by crossing myriad of different geometric designs.
Boring: the decorative motif is drawn on silver sheet. Subsequently, the parts in the bottom are cut with special saws to create holes.
Assembly: the pieces are assembled by welding
Enameling: On the object - introduced several times in the oven at high temperature- is deposited a fine powder consisting of colored crystals with metallic oxides. Dust, once crystallized after sanding, will take the color and shine desired.
Melting: It needs to get ornamental parts as knobs, handles, spouts, pins, figures, borders which are then welded to the objects. The molten metal is poured in special cylinders that contain internally the wax pattern.
Pomiciatura: toglie, con la pietra pomice, i segni lasciati dal martello o dal tornio.
Pulitura: l'oggetto, dopo che gli è stato rimossa ogni traccia di ossidazione lasciata dalla fiamma, viene pulito utilizzando delle spazzole rotanti.
Silverplating: the object is immersed in a plating bath and covered with a layer of pure silver that will give more brightness.
Polishing: it is the final process by which, using rotating soft brushes, silver takes on a brilliant moon colour.