Originally Posted by linds_15
stainless steel is the silver colour, what exactly are the brass and nickel? hard to tell from some of those pictures. brass is more the "gold" colour but some of the pictures make it seem very light, nickel i have no clue
Stainless steel is a uniform blue white, is very hard and wont ever tarnish. Because of the hardness the shapes lack the elegance of the brass/nickel If you just want a white buckle that wont require any maintenance ever its a good choice. I think it lacks a certain amount of soul though personally, its a somewhat industrial material though with lots of benefits.
Brass is yellow/gold. When polished you can achieve a really good finish and because it casts really well the shape of the buckles tends to be really elegant. This is the traditional buckle metal. It ages well but will tarnish, its easy to polish though.
Solid nickel is yellow white, somewehere between brass and stainless. It has a lot of the characteristics of brass but is a little softer, the colour and finish are more pleasing and it tarnishes much more slowly and again can be easily repolished. Its a much much rarer metal than brass, only one company in the world make buckles from it to my knowledge and we are one of their main customers but even so we find them very difficult to source given the difficulty of buying the metal itself. Pretty much all nickel is mined from meteor strikes so wearing part of a meteor is also somewhat cool! The nickel buckles have a stainless steel tounge for longevity so a slightly two tone effect. Personally I only ever wear nickel or precious metals - I love nickel as a metal
Both brass and particularly nickel when highly polished take some of their colour from their surrounding. Under white light nickel can look like silver but the same buckle can look quite yellow in different lighting, its quite intriguing. Brass does it to a lesser degree
The final choice is palladium plated brass. We're slowly working on bringing in more of this as time goes by so we have a white finish option for each buckle. As a company we prefer solid metals, inherently they will age better but in the absence of sterling silver palladium plate is a good solution particularly for formal wear
Hope that helps!