This standard alloy is used to assure consistent quality among sterling products. Sterling is 92.5% pure instead of 100% pure in order to achieve the requisite hardness and stability to resist wear and tear, and hold its shape
Silver that is not sterling has less pure silver content and will often be softer, darker in color and less shiny.Such as:
- Bali Silver: Jewelry items made with a minimum silver content of 92.5% guaranteed, are individually handcrafted by highly skilled silversmiths in Bali, Indonesia. Also: Thai Silver.
Argentinium: Argentium Sterling (AS) is a patented alloy of silver. It is resistant to tarnish. It is Sterling mixed with an alloy of 2% Germanium and is as strong as Sterling, brighter, and does not tarnish like Sterling.
Gold is measured in the Gold Carat. There are several carats available for gold. The carat is the gold content of the metal. The carat measures the proportion of pure gold mixed with other metal alloy to make up the final metal.
(You may have noticed that carat or is also used to measure the weight of diamonds and gemstones. Although the same name is used, the two measurements are measuring different characteristics of jewelry)
The remainder of the metals is a combination of alloys. These different metals are what can help to give the gold its unique appearance, such as white gold, rose gold, etc.
Gold Filled (this is what I work in.)It is made of a base metal (usually brass) covered by sheets of gold in a mechanical bonding process.
It is a high quality material, is easy to care for, and will maintain its golden shine for a lifetime.
Gold Vermeil (Pronounced: Vermay) is sterling silver that has been gold-plated. Most of vermeil is plated with 24K gold. This is a good combination for those with allergy to normal, plated findings. It is thought of as a high quality plated metal.
1)the thickness of the gold. 2) the base metal used. In vermeil, the base is sterling silver.
Gold electroplating is the process in which one metal is coated with another metal using electricity
Copper and brass are very much in style these days. Especially with an antiqued patina. They are great, affordable alternatives with which lovely artisan jewelry pieces are made.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions that are not answered in this brief guide.
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