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Since silver is a soft metal, it is practically not used in its pure form. Most often it is an alloy of silver and copper. The ratio of the quantities of one and the other metal was constantly changing, until Edward I introduced the branding system in 1300, according to the standard, now the share of silver in the finished product should be at least 92.5 percent. Only in this case could silver be called “sterling” and wear a stamp with a leopard head.
After 63 years, that is, in 1363, the brand of the master was introduced, which made it impossible to falsify the products with the stamp of the head of a leopard. In 1478, a letter appears, which means the year of branding of the product. And in 1544, the image of a walking lion put the final confirmation of the royal control over branding. Continue reading
An old German manufactory called Robbe & Berking has now turned over 130 years old. It was founded in 1874 in the vicinity of a German city called Flensburg. During its existence, she actively collaborated with such famous brands as Montblanc, Porsche, Maybach, Rolf Benz, Bulthaup, Meisson and Rosenthal. Products of this brand are ordered by European royal houses, the best hotels and the most prestigious restaurants in the world. The King of Jordan has these devices in his palace.
One of the most famous Russian clients of this company can be called Roman Abramovich and the Kremlin, ordering devices with the Alt-Spaten design, decorated with engraving having the appearance of a double-headed eagle. Continue reading
The Art Deco style first made itself known in the early 1920s in France, then spread to the United States and most European countries. After the First World War, a significant shift in priorities occurred in society, the pace of life accelerated, and, following the requirements of the time, women were forced to learn how to do men’s work. When you imagine a woman of the 30s, the imagination draws a short-cut lady, shrouded in
a cloud of cigarette smoke, which, along with men, knows how to drive a car, but at the same time does not refuse exquisite jewelry and outfits. They only became different – the complexity and floridity of the Art Nouveau style disappeared, and simplicity and practicality came to the fore. Continue reading