MATERIALS

Anodized aluminum
The hooks, wires and chains are stainless steel 316 ( surgical steel).
The little stones are hematites.

CARE

Use soapy water or a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol 70%.
Also, a soft toothbrush with soap.
Afterwards rinse and let dry.

Do not use chemical products to clean metals.

All materials used in the making of the jewellery are hypo-allergenic and do not tarnish.
One only cleans them if there is a trace of dust or a fingerprint.
The jewellery is very light and easy to wear.

Process of Creating  

It consists of drawing, cutting, shaping, assembling, and finishing.
The drawings are created using a computer.
The pieces are cut with the help of a CNC machine.
Concave and convex shapes are used to make the jewellery pieces three-dimensional.
For this step we use dies, little hand presses and different techniques that we have developed through time.
To assemble all we use high-resistance glues and then we rivet the pieces together to make the jewellery solid.
Lastly, we polish, sand, and clean the jewellery.

What is anodization?

Anodization is the specific surface treatment of aluminum which consists of electrolysis creating a very resistant uniform layer of aluminum oxide. This layer can be colorless or colored.

The anodization process is usually done soaked in chemical and electrolytic baths. During the anodization operation, a protective layer is created within the aluminum, more or less thick.

The thickness of the layer varies according to several classes of anodization, depending on the final exposure of the product. A layer of 15 microns thick is usually applied outdoors. The corrosive atmosphere of the seaside requires 20 microns. On the other hand, in protected interior, a layer of 5 microns is enough.

In the pores of this protective layer, it is possible to chemically or electrolytically deposit dyes of all types.

In case no dye is deposited, the tint is said to be natural.

It is also possible to obtain different aspects on the treated parts (polished, brushed, shiny, shiny satin, matte satin) by chemical, electrolytic or mechanical means.

To date, all the aspects mentioned above are industrially feasible and the main colors obtained are natural, gold, bronze, blue, gray, green, black for the exterior and the shades red, orange, violet and others for the interior. It should be noted that with specific industrial processes it is possible to obtain defined shades for the interior, applicable outdoors.

Once the appearance and color are made, the protective anodization layer is plugged to make it inert vis-à-vis the outside environment. The anodization process is therefore a rigorous process that involves several steps: surface preparation, creation of the porous layer of anhydrous alumina, possible coloration of this layer and final clogging of it.