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How is sterling silver flatware made?

Our talented silversmiths follow a time-honored technique of creating beautiful, high-quality sterling silver flatware for all of your dining needs.

All sterling silver flatware is crafted with the utmost attention to detail, combining 0.925 parts pure silver with 0.75 parts alloy, which provides strength and hardness. There are several steps involved in creating each piece of sterling silver flatware, detailed below:

Blanking

When beginning work on a piece of sterling flatware, the craftsman cuts, or “blanks,” a piece of silver according to the approximate width and length needed for the intended pattern and the finished product.

Cross Roll and Grade Roll

The silver then goes through several “rolling” phases. With a spoon, for example, the “breakdown cross roll” stretches the sterling silver widthwise into the required bowl size. The “breakdown grade roll” stretches the entire piece of silver by 50%. The “finished grade roll” finally stretches the piece by 100%.

Cut Out

After the sterling has been stretched, it needs to go through a “cut out” process to remove excess material and prepare it for the striking stage.

Striking

Once the sterling has been cut out, it goes through several striking dies in a hammer press, where the pattern’s details are firmly imprinted into the piece.

Trimming and Finishing

In this phase, our craftsmen trim any excess silver from the piece of flatware, much like trimming excess dough from the top of a pie prior to baking it. After trimming, the piece is machine-polished and hand-inspected to ensure the highest-quality workmanship. The end result is an exquisite piece of premium-quality sterling silver flatware.

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