Information About the Materials We Use
Sterling Silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sterling_silver)
We get our sterling silver from different smelters.
Argentium Sterling Silver:
Argentium sterling silver is a solid sterling silver that is tarnish resistant, not a coating or plating. Standard sterling is a mix of silver and copper. Argentium is slightly more silver but they remove some copper and add in Germanium. For flatware this has several benefits. For most is that you will need to clean it far less often. We also heat treat it to make it harder than standard sterling. All Argentium Silver is made from ethically sourced silver.
We get our argentium sterling silver from different smelters. Argentium silver is smeltered using recycled materials.
The stainless steel is 304 (18-10). For the handles it has been hot forged, passivated, and heat treated to preserve the dark chromium oxide on the steel. The bowls and serving platter are forged from 316. This steel is slightly more corrosion resistant to salts than the 304.
Only the candlesticks are made of reclaimed stainless steel. We get our reclaimed stainless steel from all over. If someone has some that is not being used, we'll buy that and recycle it by turning it into something beautiful.
Our stainless steel we use for our flatware and serveware for food, we want to be newly smelted, so it is new, and not reclaimed.
We hand pick our gemstones from all over the world, sometimes at trade shows, sometimes at the least expected places.
Most of the steel for our candlesticks is found and repurposed steel. We scour junk yards and farmers fields to find great steel. Harry’s little sister also gets into the act. She works for a demolition company and will put cool stuff aside for us to forge. The shape of the steel and what it had been previously used for influences the way that the metal will move and form. We work with that, not forcing it. Sometimes the surface has been case hardened from repeated rubbing and wearing, so when we forge it, the surface will crack. We love this look.
Only the candlesticks are reclaimed stainless steel. We get our reclaimed stainless steel from all over. If someone has some that is not being used, we'll buy that and recycle it by turning it into something beautiful.