Stainless Steel is one of the most extraordinary materials to work with as a designer. It is strong but because of its tensile strength, you can use thin sheets (the sheets we use are 0.4mm), and it is wonderfully lightweight. It is an alloy of iron, carbon, chromium and traces of other metals. It is the chromium element that makes it stainless and corrosion-resistant.
It started life as the result of a weapons experiment - Harry Brearley was looking for a stronger material - and has become one of the most ubiquitous metals of modern life.
We use two types of stainless steel to create our jewellery - austenitic and ferritic. Austenitic is used for our necklaces and earrings and isn't magnetic. The brooches, however, use a magnet rather than a pin, so we needed to source a ferritic type of steel for use in their manufacture. Most of the stainless steel you see is austenitic, which is why magnets may not work on your fridge!
As well as its strength, stainless steel is resistant to tarnish and we use a hypo-allergenic type of steel so it not going to upset those of us with sensitive ears.
We love that stainless steel retains its flatness, ideal for our lovely disc earrings. It can be etched into the most detailed design with fine lines and still hold its shape.
So here's cheers to a fantastic metal that allows our creativity to sing!