Hardware Talk

Kellybag

O.G.
Mar 9, 2006
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Can we spend a little time on hardware and create a thread for future reference?

I would love to have some pics showing the different types. (palladium vs. brushed paladium...ruthenium...gold vs. brushed gold...guilloche etc.) I would also like the owners to state any pros or cons that they feel about the different hardware types etc.

Anything and everything is welcome in this thread.
 

amkur

H.O.P Mommy
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Mar 11, 2006
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Palladium hardware:

pros-versatile hardware, looks great when combined with most leather colors
cons-may not be desirable to those who like or where mostly gold

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orchids

Member
O.G.
May 30, 2006
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Here is a photo of Guilloche hardware on a Kelly double tour bracelet I have; photo is from the seller. I recently placed an order for this hardware but it didn't go through, and in speaking with someone in Paris, it is no longer being done on handbags, although I did see it on belt buckles.

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The detail is beautiful on the hardware, however, it has a pretty matte effect due to the guilloche.
 

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AuthenticLux

Mom/Feminist/Veteran
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Feb 1, 2007
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Ruthenium HW (sorry, still has the plastic on it) but you can see the color.

Pros: It's quite lovely and has a darker tint than palladium. Looks wonderful on many pieces but especially, IMO, dark pieces because the hardware is almost "hidden". Was very rare a few years ago but gaining popularity and presence.

Cons: Might look a bit too dark with some colors/leathers.

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allaboutnice

J'adore Hermes
Dec 16, 2006
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Here's brushed gold on my leather bracelet. The bracelt can be worn three ways, all black, all orange and black/orange.

Unfortunately, it has gone to Paris to have a piece of the hardware changed as it has a 'tarnished' effect along one edge, on the other side, not shown in this photograph. Don't know what caused it or if brushed gold is susceptible to tarnishing.

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