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SILVER A​ND GEMSTONE NECKLACES​

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GOLD AND SILVER FAQs


WHAT IS STERLING SILVER?

Sterling silver is 925 parts pure silver and 7.5 percent metal alloy, usually copper. Sterling is the primary material used for silver jewelry.

WHAT IS OXIDIZED SILVER

Oxidized silver has been treated with an agent to mute, fully blacken or etch the surface of silver, giving it a darker patina, the more muted tone creates rustic or more antique look.

WHAT IS GOLD FILLED?

 14 k Gold filled also called gold overlay has an actual layer of gold, pressure bonded to a base metal, usually brass. It's more valuable and tarnish resistant than gold plate and it is also lead free. The gold layer is thick, at least 1/20th by weight of the total product. if it is looked after It will last as long as 14k gold jewelry and is often used by designers to afford the quality of Gold at a fraction of the cost. It has the strength, durability and beauty of Gold, is safe for most people with allergies and it wears, looks and lasts like solid gold, because its surface is solid gold..... Gold Filled is generally considered a product to last a lifetime. At Sterling Individual we use 14k gold filled metals for our pieces.

WHAT IS GOLD PLATE?

A base metal such as brass, copper or steel is placed in an electroplating solution, with a piece of solid gold. When an electrical current is applied, a thin layer of gold is deposited on the surface of the metal. The plating can vary in thickness, so if not treated gently the plating can wear off.

WHAT IS VERMEIL?

Vermeil is sterling silver that has been gold-plated. The layer of gold used for vermeil jewelry can also be quite thin so extra care should be taken to protect it from wear and from the elements.

HANDCRAFTED GEMSTONE JEWELRY

Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted and unique, no two items are exactly alike... Although we are very attuned to detail, handmade gemstone jewelry has small imperfections and blemishes they are intrinsic to the nature of all natural stones & we celebrate this.....

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY GOLD FILLED JEWELRY?

Take jewelry off before entering the pool or spa.

Chlorine is corrosive & can discolour & damage your jewelry.

Jewelry & makeup – hairspray, cosmetics, perfumes & creams contain chemicals that can damage jewelry. Putting jewelry on after applying these materials will limit exposure & help prevent damage. Don't use harsh chemicals to clean your pieces, use a soft cloth and if you need to a drop of dawn or ivory dish soap which is non phosphate, wrinse in water then air dry. if you store your jewelry carefully you won't generally need to clean it.


I always say.... if I can't climb a tree in it... it's not for me... Well go ahead.... 

Wear your jewelry for play & be aware of its delicate nature..... 

Exposure to chemicals, chlorine, harsh detergents, cosmetics, perfumes & hairspray, will impact the life of your piece.

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