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Stephen Silver is renowned for our extraordinary ability to procure, design and handcraft the world's finest jewelry and gemstones.

The Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry Estate Collection includes some of the finest pieces from the Edwardian, Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Retro eras. Signed and period pieces are the company's specialty; many of which are from prestigious jewelry houses such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, Tiffany & Co., and Harry Winston.

The Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry Signature Collection exemplifies modern day luxury combined with old world elegance to produce true works of art. Exquisitely handcrafted in platinum and 18-karat gold, using only the very finest diamonds and colored gemstones, our Signature Collection is exceptional in quality and extraordinary in style.

How Ceramic and Aluminium Are Used in the Watch World


How Ceramic and Aluminium Are Used in the Watch World

Annena Sorenson

As we continue on the journey we started this month to understand the different materials used in watchmaking, today we shine the spotlight on ceramic and aluminium.


Engineered ceramic is lightweight, durable, scratch proof and can hold up in any weather conditions, including being exposed for long periods to saltwater. The material is a blend of oxides, carbides, nitrates and zirconium that are engineered to become a long-lasting, impressive material. It is often used as a watch bezel or as a bracelet. Depending on the watch brand, the level of sophistication of the ceramic can vary. It can be developed with stronger material, such as aluminum and carbon fiber, and can be made in black, white or other colors. All ceramic is made via an extreme heating and cooling process, and the finished product must be worked using diamond bits.


When using the ceramic as links for a bracelet, some brands insert steel as a base metal before applying the ceramic. Top-quality engineered ceramics can withstand extreme temperatures, are hypoallergenic and resistant to scratches. In its finished form, ceramic has a high sheen that makes it lustrous and attractive.

Aluminium, as its name implies, is a derivative of aluminum. The high-tech alloy is used by watch brands to offer new material options. It is lightweight and can be made in a multitude of colors, making it a highly prized material for accents on dials and as bezels. However, it is also prized by fashion and affordable watch brands for its ultra light weight and is sometimes formed into a watchcase by these types of brands. It is an affordable material to use and relatively easy to work with. Its advantages are comfort on the wrist and cool appeal. It is, however, not as durable as certain other high-tech materials.