ANTIKA's new collection is inspired by the Art Deco movement of the 1920s and 1930s. Stylised geometry, with straight lines and triangles, is reminiscent of Art Deco jewellery, interior architecture and furniture. The Manhattan series combines sterling silver with rose and yellow gold that evokes images of the movement in New York City where designers took advantage of a palette of semi-precious stones and other materials to embrace the freedom of expression that came with postwar prosperity.
Silver is a naturally occurring white metal, and gold is naturally yellow, whereas white gold requires the addition of other white metals to create an off-white effect. Sterling silver is white, shiny and beautiful! White gold then needs to be plated with rhodium to hide the off-white colour. This rhodium plating, needs to be maintained - the plating wears and needs to be re-done over and over during the life of the jewellery to maintain its white colour.