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Jewelry Definitions

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925. Fine silver, for example, 99.9% pure silver, is relatively soft, so silver is usually alloyed with copper to increase its hardness and strength. 

There is no nickel in the composition of sterling silver which makes it one of the most non-reactive varieties of all the precious metals that exist. So, if you are allergic to nickel or brass, sterling silver jewelry is the right option for you.

Sterling silver can be considered as a good option, which is hypoallergenic in nature and is ideal for sensitive skin.

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Stainless Steel

Stainless steel jewelry is made of a steel alloy that contains chromium. The good thing about stainless steel is that it does not corrode or rust. Although it is also very durable, this type of steel can get scratched and stained. This is why you should follow some simple rules to keep your stainless steel jewelry in good condition. See our jewelry care page to learn more.

  • Strong
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Durable
  • Rustproof
  • Quite pleasing esthetically.
  • More expensive than other metals (that are not fine jewelry.
  • High tooling cost required.

When it is the main metal in the jewelry, stainless steel will produce better looking, longer lasting final products that attract a larger market, because there are hardly any complaints of allergic reactions.

Stainless steel is loved for its durability, versatility during casting that enables the creation of  different shapes l, as well as the beauty of the final product

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Zinc Alloy
  • Durable
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Versatile to mix with other metals
  • Cost-efficient
  • Rustproof and tarnish proof

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Vermeil

Gold Vermeil is sterling silver that has been gold-plated. Most of our vermeil is plated with 14K-24K gold. This is a good combination for those with allergy to normal, plated jewelry items. The difference between vermeil, and gold-filled, is in the thickness of the gold and the base metal used. In vermeil, the base is sterling silver. 

As you know, when it comes to gold jewelry, there are more types which you can own. Solid gold jewelry refers to pieces that contain at least 41.6% gold (10k). Gold filled jewelry pieces contain a thick layer of gold plating. The gold in these pieces needs to represent at least 5% of the weight of the entire piece. Gold plated jewelry contains a layer of gold over another base metal. There is no thickness requirement for those pieces. Vermeil jewelry, on the other hand, has very strict conditions to meet. The core metal needs to be silver and the gold layer needs to be at least 2.5 microns thick. 

In other words, gold vermeil is silver jewelry with a thick gold coating.

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Lab Diamonds
Although grown by scientists instead of created in the earth's crust, lab diamonds are absolutely real diamonds—they display the same chemical and optical properties as natural diamonds. Even expert gemologists can't tell the difference with the naked eye.
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Cubic Zirconia

Cubic Zirconia, is the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide. The synthesized material is hard and usually colorless, but may be made in a variety of different colors.

Due to its low cost, durability, and close visual likeness to diamonds, synthetic cubic zirconia has remained the most gemological and economically important competitor for diamonds, since commercial production began in 1976. Its main competitor as a synthetic gemstone is a more recently cultivated material, synthetic moissanite.

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Moissanite

Moissanite, is naturally occurring silicon carbide, and its various crystalline polymorphs. It has the chemical formula SiC and is a rare mineral, discovered by the French chemist Henri Moissan in 1893. Silicon carbide is useful for commercial and industrial applications due to its hardness, optical properties and thermal conductivity.

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