A precious metal is a rare metal of high economic value. Gold, silver, platinum and palladium are the most common precious metals.
Fine silver (99.9%) is generally too soft for the production of jewellery; therefore silver is usually alloyed (mixed) with other metals to improve its strength . Sterling silver is the most widely used silver alloy which contains at least 925/1000 fine silver.
24 K gold is very soft and therefore alloyed with another metal to be used for the production of jewellery. This process alters the fineness, hardness, melting point and colour of the gold. Copper is the most widely used alloy metal and lends jewellery a reddish tone.
• We produce jewellery in Sterling silver and silver with 14 K gold. We produce gold jewellery in 8, 9 or 10 K gold.
• 8 K gold is an alloy with at least 333/1000 pure gold.
• 9 K gold is an alloy with at least 375/1000 pure gold.
• 10 K gold is an alloy with at least 417/1000 pure gold.
• 14 K gold is an alloy with at least 585/1000 pure gold.
GOLD PLATING & SILVER PLATING
Gold and silver plating are methods used to deposit a thin layer of gold or silver on the surface of the jewellery.
Our diamond series consists of silver rings with 0.25 micron rhodium plating. The rhodium plating is electroplated onto the surface of the silver to make it more reflective and white. A rhodium plated surface also brings out the diamond's beauty and hardens the silver's surface.
• Our silver jewellery is silver plated with fine silver (99.9% silver), except for our oxidized products.
• Our gold plating is 14 K.
• The gold, silver or rhodium plating will wear off in time, depending on the use and treatment of the jewellery.
Cold enamelling consists of a chemical powder mixed with a liquid which is then applied to the jewellery with a brush. Heating is applied to harden the enamel.
• All products with enamel is made with cold enamelling.
• Cold enamelling is more shock-absorbing than ordinary glass enamel and does not crack as easily if the jewellery is dropped.
Pearls are produced in live molluscs as a defence against an irritant inside the shell. The mollusc forms a pearl by depositing mother-of-pearl around the irritant.
There are two types of pearls: natural pearls and cultured pearls. Natural pearls are created spontaneously in nature without any human intervention. They are rare and therefore very valuable.
Cultured pearls are produced artificially with the help of humans who insert shell beads in the mollusc. Cultured pearls are often produced in freshwater (freshwater pearls) and are available in many colours, shapes and sizes.
• All our pearls are freshwater pearls, often in white, cream and rose.
STONES AND GEMS
A precious stone or a semiprecious stone is a piece of attractive, rare mineral which, when cut and polished, is used for jewellery. Diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emerald are always precious stones while other stones with less hardness and lustre are called semiprecious stones.
It is the hardest, naturally occurring mineral known to us. The diamond's ability to scatter white light into its individual component parts (spectral colours) makes it a desirable gem. A diamond is graded based on the four C's: carat, clarity, colour and cut.
• Carat is the diamond's mass (1 carat = 0.20g)
• Clarity regards the inclusions of a diamond. The number, size, colour, position, orientation and visibility of the inclusions affect the clarity of the diamond and hence its value. FL+IF: Pure/flawless, VVS: Very very small inclusions, VS: Very small inclusions, SI: Small inclusions, PK: Visible inclusions.
• The colours of "white" diamonds are graded using letters and names, from D, which is the best and colourless diamond, to K, where the colour of the stone is whitish.
• The cut of diamonds is important to bring out the characteristic "fire" and brilliance for which diamonds are known. A brilliant is a round diamond cut with 58 facets. A full cut diamond is the same as a brilliant.
Today, most stones can be created synthetically in a laboratory. Synthetic stones are not imitations. A synthetic or natural stone has the same characteristics but the synthetic stones often have clearer colours and no inclusions.
Most cubic zirconia (cz) are synthetic produced. The cubic zirconia copies the diamond's appearance and colour but does not have the same chemical or physical properties (often, its hardness is reduced). Cubic zirconia is produced in many different colours.
• We use diamonds, zircons, synthetic stones, glass stones and semiprecious stones.
• Our diamond series includes: Carat: 0.03ct. Clarity: SI = small inclusions Colour: H - I, H = Wesselton (white), I = Top Crystal (slightly tinted white) Cut: Full cut
• Our diamonds have been certified by our supplier as non-conflict diamonds.
8 K gold and silver react in contact with air, perfumes, soaps, etc. They tarnish which is a natural process. Tarnished silver has a grey or black layer. When used regularly, the jewellery is "polished" to produce a fine patina. Tarnished jewellery is not to be confused with oxidised jewellery which has been given a dark coating.
• All our jewellery is given an anti-tarnish coating to prevent rapid tarnishing of the jewellery.
• The coating will wear off in time, depending on the use and treatment of the jewellery.
• All our silver products can be polished and cleaned using ultrasound.
• Products without pearls, enamel and coloured stone may be immersed in a silver dip;
however, there is a risk of discoloration.
• Do not polish gold plated products. They may be cleaned using ultrasound.
• We do not recommend immersing gold plated products in silver dip.
• Our 8 K gold products can be polished and cleaned using ultrasound.