WHAT METALS DO YOU USE?
We use quite a range of metals, keep on reading to know more.
GOLD OR SILVER PLATING
Some Boutique Minimaliste pieces are produced in a gold-plated metal with a layer of of anti-tarnish on top for lasting. Although these pieces last quite some time, you need to take care of them. Know more here.
The majority of Boutique Minimaliste pieces are produced in gold plated stainless steel. Stainless steel is a highly durable metal, allowing it to withstand the wear and tear of everyday activities. It is corrosion-free & tarnish-free. Maintaining stainless steel jewelry is also really easy as you won't have to have special cleaning solution or cloth to care for your jewelry. Stainless steel resists tarnish and corrosion thanks to an invisible layer of chromium that prevents oxidation. Stainless steel can be used for many different applications such as surgical and medical tools, aerospace applications, and architecture. But it’s also used to make jewelry and because the metal is corrosion and heat-resistant, it can make a great addition to your jewelry box. The jewelry is harder to scratch and can withstand the sun, the sand, and the sea. It really takes the stress away from remembering to take off your jewelry in the shower! It is the most environmentally-friendly metal option in the jewelry world. In the production process, the amount of energy used and waste produced is dramatically less than in the production of other metals for jewelry. It is also 100% recyclable.
New, old stock. Pieces or supplies that were manufactured long ago but that never used. Found on vintage shops, and throughout our trips. It's impossible to know the full length of materials for these pieces, also being vintage there are age details on these pieces, giving them character and making them unique.
SOLID STERLING SILVER
We have a special collection made from Sterling silver. Sterling Silver is a precious metal that gradually wears to attain a very beautiful finish with tiny imperfections that it attains every single day that you wear it. We personally love this natural finish and feel that it accentuates the beauty of the metal. But it is inevitable that any piece of silver, will need to be polished occasionally over its lifetime. This in only true to non plated sterling silver. Gold plated sterling silver should never be polished and needs to be re-plated from time to time by a professional jeweler, as the gold layer wears off. Also 100% recyclable.
STERLING SILVER PLATING
Our sterling-silver plated pieces are plated with sterling silver on brass with a layer of anti-tarnish on top. See the collection here.