Get to Know the Art of Silversmithing
In today’s modern world, we have access to a wide variety of jewelry. But have you ever stopped to think about where it all comes from? One of the oldest and most respected forms of jewelry-making is silversmithing. Let’s take a look at this unique craft and find out why it continues to be popular today.
What is Silversmithing?
Silversmithing is an art and craft that involves the production of items made out of silver and other precious metals. A silversmith works with a variety of materials such as sterling silver, gold, platinum, palladium and copper. To create a piece of jewelry or any other item, they use various tools and techniques like soldering, sawing, hammering, filing, drilling and polishing. Silversmiths may also use casting to create intricate designs or molds for custom pieces. The craft requires knowledge of metals' properties in order to achieve desired results. Silversmiths use a wide range of methods to finish their pieces ranging from hand-carving details all the way to advanced electrical methods. Because silver is highly malleable yet durable at the same time it has been used for decades by master craftsmen who continue to innovate new techniques for creating beautiful heirloom quality pieces that are valued for generations. With the help of modern technology today's silversmiths have access to more precise tools than ever before allowing them to create truly stunning pieces with finesse and accuracy unmatched by any other metalwork medium.