Italy is renowned for its mouth-watering cuisine, chic fashion scene and rich cultural history. However there’s one other aspect that the Italians are world famous for… their premium quality sterling silver!
Boasting the most highly skilled artisans on the planet, Italian made sterling silver jewellery is guaranteed to be of exceptional quality. In fact, the country is even referred to as "a powerhouse in the European jewellery industry."
The history of Italian made sterling silver dates back to 1870 when the conquest of Rome and the downfall of the Stato Pontificio saw the establishment of a unified Italy. With this new found unity came the formation of the Regno d'Italia and the nationwide introduction of a unique sterling silver hallmarking system. This was designed to maintain quality and set benchmark standards for the production of sterling silver items. While the laws, specifications and makers marks have changed and evolved over the years, the age old tradition of recognising fine quality sterling silver continues to run deep in Italian culture. As such, buyers can rest assured that each and every item crafted in Italy boats incredible quality.
Italian made sterling silver is also unique due to the inspiring environment in which pieces are created. While some large scale sterling silver manufacturers opt for factories and warehouses, you’ll find Italian artisans crafting beautiful sterling silver pieces from workshops and home studios located down charming medieval alleyways and traditional Italian streets.
Italy also enjoys a rich art culture, playing host to world famous artisans such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. Not to mention the modern day masters of couture such as Giorgio Armani, Versace, Cavalli, Prada and Armani.
The country’s appreciation for art, creativity and sophistication has shone through for centuries, with modern day sterling silver artisans drawing on the creative inspiration of their nation to craft wonderfully unique jewellery that cannot be found anywhere else on the globe.
Sterling silver craftsmanship techniques are also passed down from generation to generation. This means that today’s artisans are equipped with traditional techniques and skills that make Italian made sterling silver second to none.
As it stands, Italian sterling silver content will be indicated by .800 or .925 millesimal finesse. Most Italian artisans prefer to use the 92.5% alloy as it is incredibly durable yet still boasts a beautiful shine that makes .925 jewellery sparkle.
If you want to get your hands on exquisite Italian made sterling silver jewellery crafted by the most talented craftsmen Italy has to offer, start browsing the exclusive Think Positive range today.
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