Gold Vermeil (pronounced vur-may)
Not to be confused with regular gold plating, vermeil is a much thicker layer of gold over high-quality sterling silver which gives the pieces their long lasting. The gold thickness no less than 2.5 microns. No doubt, gold vermeil pieces are required to have at least 120 millionths of an inch in thickness.
Different between gold vermeil & gold plated
The main difference between vermeil and gold-plated/gold-filled jewelry is that vermeil items have a base made of silver, whereas plated and filled pieces can be made with a variety of metals.
Gold plated jewelry is commonly electroplated onto any base metal, their base metal can be iron, brass or other hidden material that may cause allergies.
The base alloy of gold vermeil must be sterling silver.
Is Gold Vermeil Hypoallergenic?
Regarding jewelry metal allergens, copper and nickel are the biggest threats. As previously stated, gold vermeil uses fine silver or sterling silver as a base metal. This means that gold vermeil is generally a safer metal for sensitive skin.
People will ask, will it rust?
One of the biggest advantages of vermeil jewelry is the resistance to tarnishing. Silver has a tendency to tarnish, but because your silver is wrapped in thick gold it prevents and protects it from doing so.
Most of the jewelry will be wear and tear, solid gold jewelry too. It depends on how you take care of it. Although gold vermeil will not tarnish like gold plated etc, it may become dirty and fade slightly with wear.
However, decolourize / fading will occurs in specific circumstances ( more acidic physique ) or if you don't follow our care guide. You won't believe how long your gold will last if you follow our simple golden rules. We will share with you how to extend the life of gold vermeil pieces, please follow our care guide below.
Sterling Silver S925
Sterling silver aka fine silver is 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% alloy metals, this toughens the silver making it possible to create jewelry that will stand the test of time.
Why use sterling silver instead of pure silver?
Sterling silver is much more durable compared to fine silver because of the added metal alloys. This can help your piece last and stay looking the best it possibly can for longer. Sterling silver is easier to shape than the soft and malleable fine silver, so you'll be able to find more options made of sterling silver vs silver.
Stamps Of Quality
Most high quality silver items are stamped with a "S925" or "925" mark. This mark designates the precious metal content of the jewelry,
Sterling Silver naturally tarnishes with the exposure to air. Don’t worry our sterling silver is polished and dipped in Rhodium and it has a bright finish, that look almost the same to white gold. Rhodium is one of the costliest precious metals due to its rarity.
This synthetic crystalline substance is created by melting powered zirconium and powered zirconium dioxide together by heating them up to 4.982F. Although Cubic Zirconia can be made in numerous colours, the materials they are made from are colourless, strong, hard and virtually flawless.
Cubic Zirconia has been so perfected in modern times that it becomes hard to tell the difference between them and the diamonds. We only use 4A - 5A superior quality CZ, this makes all the difference in quality, clarity, durability, and brilliance of the finished stones.
Freshwater pearls come from fresh water mussels. It come with unique shapes and wide range of colours combined with their attractive prices and charming character, have made them a favourite among jewelry designers, shoppers and pearl connoisseurs alike.
The fine freshwater pearl we offers characteristically range in shape from very baroque to near-round.
Freshwater pearls have a very thick nacre layer, which gives them a beautiful luster and shine. The nacre of a high-quality freshwater pearl does not typically have the glossy, metallic finish.
Stainless Steel / 316L
Stainless steel is a highly durable metal, allowing it to withstand the wear and tear of everyday activities, which can otherwise damage the jewelry. The hard metal resists scratches and corrosion thanks to an invisible layer of chromium that prevents oxidation; this makes it a wonder metal of choice for body jewelry.
Most of the surgical grade 316L stainless steel may contain some nickel, but it's generally considered hypoallergenic for most people.
Advantage of Stainless Steel Jewelry
- It doesn’t tarnish, rust and oxidation
- It’s highly durable and scratch proof
What is PVD coating ?
Our stainless steel pieces offers PVD coating. It's short for “physical vapour deposition,” which is the high-temperature vacuum coating process that provide brilliant decorative finishes.
PVD coatings are more resistant to corrosion from sweat and regular wear compare to gold plating. PVD coating also adheres well to metal and doesn’t discolour, flake or tarnish easily.
To extend the life of our vermeil jewelry, avoid wearing when washing hands, showering, applying lotion, using harsh cleaning supplies or working out.
- To clean, buff gently with a soft and dry with our polishing cloth or cotton cloth. The accumulation of body oils, cosmetics and grime can cause the jewelry to lose its sparkle and to fade.
- Simply put, store your pieces in our jewelry box when it's not being worn.
- Remove your jewelry when showering, exercising and swimming ( scratches and scuffs can scratch away the gold )
- Do not wear your jewelry overnight.
- Fragrance and chemical will corrode the layer of gold vermeil.
- Clean only sterling silver jewelry when you need in warm soapy water with a soft toothbrush, dry thoroughly and gently buff with a cotton polishing cloth.