A sterling silver napkin ring may seem an unusual gift for a baby but it is probably one of the most common. It is sure to be a talking point at dinner parties in later life. Why not collect further matching sterling silver napkin rings for birthdays or Christmas? Ideal as a silver present on any of the following occasions – christening, birthday, baptism or even Easter. Health properties are often attributed to silver.
How it is made
The napkin ring is basically made from 2 components, the silver and the craftsmanship. It is made from a long length of silver tube and cut into slices, creating the napkin ring. The tube is made by the 'continuous casting' method. This is made in the continuous casting machine which melts and mixes the 2 ingredients of sterling silver which are 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% pure copper. It pulls out, from the exit hole in the crucible, the solidifying and cooling tube at a carefully controlled rate. It is then cut into manageable lengths and passed to the drawing shop. Here it is placed on a drawing machine sometimes known as a 'draw bench'. It has a lubricated solid steel bar inserted and is drawn 'pulled' through reducing dies where the overall outside diameter is reduced, but the inside is not. Therefore the wall thickness is reduced to the desired thickness which in this instance is 0.7mm. The inside bar is then removed and the tube cut into the required length slices, in this case 1".
On arrival at our workshop, the sections are sent for hallmarking at the London Assay Office to be scraped and tested. Once a positive result has been received from the laboratory confirming that the article has been made with metal at least 92.5% pure silver, the hallmarks are burnt into the surface using a laser. Hallmarking is an independent process which began in the 1400s and is now one of the world's oldest and most secure forms of consumer protection.
Upon return to the workshop, the section will have a strip mask, with moon and star motif cut out, wrapped around the outside. It is then placed into a sandblasting cabinet and blasted through the holes in the mask. It is removed from the cabinet, the mask removed and finally polished, inspected and packed into the distinctive 'Over the Moon' design boxes which are lined with green satin.