We have all heard about precious metals – silver, gold, platinum – and they are wonderful, but it is great that there are alternatives to choose from too!
Surgical steel may not be the first material that springs to mind, but it really lends itself to modern, economic jewellery. Its industrial or architectural look enhances its contemporary feel and, as it is hypoallergenic, it is the perfect choice for people with sensitive skin. Steel is worked using both cutting edge technology and traditional skills, is extremely lightweight and doesn’t tarnish. It is relatively difficult to scratch and is extremely durable as it is an alloy of iron, carbon and chromium with traces of other metals.
European contemporary designer-makers are really embracing steel and making it their own. Some of these craftspeople include: