Origins and culture

The history of tin is rich in the creation of objects:

  • The shields, helmets, gaiters and chariots of the Greek heroes that Homer describes in the Iliad as being so shiny that they could be used to blind the enemy with the sun’s rays.
  • Roman beauties would admire themselves in mirrors of polished tin. This technique was a closely guarded secret for a long time and was copied by France on the initiative of Colbert in the 17th century. This was when the famous ‘Compagnie des Glaces’ was created which was behind the manufacture of the mirrors in the ‘Galerie des Glaces’ in the Palace of Versailles.
  • In the 18th century, the gilding of tin acquired its noble credentials and was used to decorate the China cabinets and tables of the French upper classes and aristocracy.
  • Then in the 20th century, tin was used to create objects in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco style. Tin was used less for utilitarian objects and became mainly decorative thanks to its beauty and nobility.

The word ‘tin’ derives from the Latin ‘stannum’ and has been known since earliest Antiquity. It is certainly the first metal to be worked by man.

Tin is now undergoing a renaissance with famous designers, such as Pascal Morabito and luxury brands like Louboutin and Jean Paul Gaultier, reinvesting in tin to create products in the tableware, fashion and perfume sectors.

As for the capsule, it replaced the wax that used to be used to protect natural corks (which was vulnerable to rodent damage in the wine cellars) and was used as a seal by wine producers to identify and authenticate bottles.

Today, tin capsules still play the same protective role but they are, above all, the finishing touch in the packaging of bottles and a mark of the perfection and distinction of prestigious wines and spirits.


The exceptional qualities
of the Pure Tin Capsule

Pure Tin Capsules are produced by a few international renowned manufacturers. They come as a single piece, fit all bottle shapes and ensure the perfect finish. The embossing options are incomparable, the silk screen printing is highly refined and the colours have remarkable depth and richness.

Its weight in the hand speaks of the quality of a material with a particularly sensual and soft feel. It also offers a high level of safety by avoiding any risk of cutting oneself on opening the bottle.

Lastly, because of its manufacturing technique (unique tools and savoir-faire) that only a few manufacturers have, it cannot be copied or reused.
It is a guarantee of the authenticity of high-end products facing with the multiplication of counterfeit goods.

The Pure Tin Capsule is authentic, sophisticated and elegant and is already used to ‘dress’ numerous prestigious wines and spirits with style and distinction. Whether their design is traditional, contemporary or creative, they add they reflect the quality, rarity and exclusivity of exceptional wines and spirits.

In addition to its undeniable technical and sensory qualities, the Pure Tin Capsule is recyclable and ecological.

A savoir-faire
that is unique in the world

The few manufacturers who produce Pure Tin Capsules use a highly specialised artisanal process. The machines used to make the capsules are designed with unique technologies that enable producers to meet the most exacting quality standards.

The rigorously selected tin ingots are first melted and then laminated to an extremely precise thickness. The rolls of tin sheet are then cleaned to remove any impurities and to create tin of the highest quality. Lastly, the rolls of pure tin are stamped on machines to the exact size and shape of the capsule.

The capsule is then personalized by the delicate artistic work of embossing, colouring, ornament and decoration.

The artisans, producers of Pure Tin Capsules deploy a keen sense of detail and infinite precision throughout the manufacturing process to create truly bespoke pieces.