Christofle cutlery is world famous not only for its quality but also for the comprehensive range of patterns offered (from ultra modern to traditional, encompassing classical and formal styles) that include an extensive range of serving pieces and accessories in silver, sterling and stainless.
L'AME DE CHRISTOFLE
Christofle stainless steel is a relatively recent introduction to the Christofle flatware collection. The steel is 18/10 stainless containing 18% nickel and 10% chromium. Their renditions of classic and modern patterns are made to the highest Christofle standard with a comprehensive range of accessory items.
Electro plated nickel silver (EPNS) with 33 gms of silver per 1000gms of metal. This process fuses sterling silver onto a nickel silver base by electrolysis. The Christofle EPNS process involves 26 steps with quality control at each step.
Christofle sterling silver meets the sterling standard of a minimum of 925 microns (925gms of silver per 1000gms of metal). Nickel is required to strengthen the silver.
Gilt cutlery is 24 carat gold plated onto silver plate by the same electroplating method as EPNS. This is not to be confused with Vermeil, which is 24 carat gold plated onto sterling silver by using this process. The advantage of gold is that it does not tarnish.
Christofle offers a number of patterns where the cutlery is embellished with gold, giving a mixed metal effect, either on the decoration on the edge of the handle or on the raised lines of some decorations.
Christofle’s Talisman range is remarkable for its use of Chinese lacquer. This lacquer is a natural material produced from the sap of a special tree found in China, Japan and India. The lacquer is painted on with 40 layers and once set is harder and stronger than silver.