A few years ago, we met an elderly gentleman with worn hands, a face marked by time and a weak but firm voice. He was one of the oldest artisans in Vicenza.
He told us his story and how in the 1950s he produced what he called "elastic steel fabric", using mechanical machinery he invented. We were struck by the story. It was a unique technique in the world, which combined ingenuity, precision and a skilful craftsmanship of steel, allowing the production of a jersey with exceptional qualities and a unique appearance. He won us over immediately. We were looking for something new to offer on the market, but it was she who found us.
We decided to give new life to these ancient machines and to produce the famous elastic steel fabric, proposing it for high-level jewelry and watchmaking.
After months of trying, we succeeded. The result was even better than the original. People were struck by the perfection of the mesh and the incredible elasticity of the steel; warp and weft as in the best textile tradition.
Thus the ELASTEEL brand was born, rediscovering the elastic steel fabric, entirely worked in Italy, creating a collection of luxury jewels with bracelets, rings and necklaces with simple lines but with a strong visual impact.
A brand capable of "dressing" and representing the wearer for its uniqueness.
Today the project is enriched with the charms collection, a limited series of components in 925 Silver, which tell details of the life of each of us through infinite combinations.
LET'S CLEAR THE COLORS
what does it mean PVD ?
Physical Vapor Deposition, often abbreviated to PVD, is a common method for vacuum thin film deposition, it is a very popular technique for coloring high quality accessories, but also for manufacturing electronic devices and mirrors, obtained by depositing a thin layer of aluminum on a glass plate.
A deposition is defined as atomic or molecular when an atom by atom growth of the film takes place in the piece to be coated (also called overlayer); the resulting layer can vary in thickness. Thin film is usually defined as one whose thickness is of the order of a few microns or less. Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) processes are atomic deposition processes in which the material is evaporated from a solid or liquid source in the form of atoms or molecules and transported in vapor form through a vacuum or plasma environment to the object to be coated, where it condenses. Generally PVD is used to create coatings of a few tens or hundreds of nanometers, for multi-layer deposits (multilayer), for films composed of variable percentage alloys (graded composition deposit); the shapes of the substrate can vary from flat to very complex geometries such as decorative objects or tools; the rate (speed) of growth of the deposit varies depending on the case from 0.1 to 10 nm per second.
What does GALVANICA mean?
It is a technique, used mostly in the industrial field , which allows to cover a metal non-precious with a thin layer of a MORE PRECIOUS or more noble metal using electrolytic deposition .
This process is usually used to protect against corrosion, but it can also have decorative purposes.
In a tub, which forms the so-called galvanic bath, containing an aqueous solution salt _ of the metal to be deposited, two electrodes are immersed : the cathode consists of the object to be covered, while the anode it can consist of the metal to be deposited. A potential difference is imposed on these two electrodes by means of a power generator . Under these conditions the cations of the metal to be deposited will move towards the cathode (negatively charged), while the anions they will move towards the anode (positively charged).
The following phenomena occur at the two electrodes:
- purchase of electrons at the cathode (object);
- production of electrons at the anode (covering metal).
The cations are then deposited on the cathode, which acquire electrons at the anode and are transformed into metal atoms. In this way the cathode is slowly covered with a thin metallic layer while the anode is slowly consumed releasing ions in solution. In relation to the metal layer to be deposited, which is usually tens of microns or less, for a given current density value at which the bath works and knowing the deposition speed, just set the TIME necessary to form a deposit of the desired thickness.
ELASTEEL uses galvanic bath treatments for yellow gold, pink gold and pearl (silver), instead uses PVD treatments for bronze, black and blue.