Every item manufactured by Comstock begins as a sheet of sterling silver and a sheet of 14k or 18k gold. The size and shape of the buckle to be created is cut from this sheet of silver, and the background is chosen. The ribbons, figures and rope edges are all applied by hand soldering. The amount of hand engraving depends on the style and design of the buckle, but you can be assured that it is all done by hand. All items are polished not once but several times.