The Silver Race
The legacy of participating and winning the Johannesburg Jewellery Extravaganza was that of the very charming Cape Town. Home to a variety of versatile jewels and metals, South Africa always played grand host to this globally renowned exhibition that took place every leap year.
Here inspiration, talent and effort combined to create majestic ornaments that stole hearts of elite individuals, globally present businesses and promising customers. This year, the theme being Sterling Silver Jewellery, many artisans fell short of the creative ideas that otherwise got them started as forerunners in the competitive race. Facts like Sterling silver being harder than pure silver; its melting point being lower etc. posed hurdles.
Cape Town decided that their entrant in the exhibition this year would be French inspired sterling silver jewellerycombined with vintage silver ware. All their displays would have to have a lustrous surface. They would hence have to indulge in the perplexing process of ‘flashing’ by which sterling silver jewellery is often plated with a thin coat of extremely fine silver to give it a shiny finish.
Using the concept of mirrors to reflect the colour gems embedded in the silverware required skilled artisans to exercise a process called ‘sputtering’. This intricate procedure allows silver to be smeared with glass in varied levels of thickness permitting different amounts of light to penetrate. The silverware set resulted in seeming just like a French city with vintage churches hosting tinted window panes.
The sterling silver jewellery set to accompany the unique and gorgeous silverware was partly embellished with rhodium that stood out brilliantly to give it a gorgeous effect. In totality, the Cape Town jewellers had indeed gone to great extents to test their metal. They were the undoubted winners of yet another global jewellery competition and sterling silver jewellery only ameliorated their diversity and skill as artisans.