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Frequently Asked Questions

What is sterling silver?

Sterling silver jewelry is composed of 92.5% (925 parts per thousand) silver and 7.5% copper alloy.  The copper increases the silvers hardness.  Produced in mines (mainly Peru and Mexico) sterling silver has become a popular affordable alternative to white gold or platinum.  It can be polished into a higher sheen than any other white metals.

What is rhodium plating?

Rhodium, which is a member of the platinum family, is a metal that is durable and hard.  It has a whitish and silver appearance.  When plated on other metals it produces a bright, shiny and long lasting silver-colored finish.  This coating helps protect the silver from tarnishing, scratching, and corrosion.

What is a Cubic Zirconia (CZ) Stone?

Cubic Zirconia is the finest substitute for diamonds.  It can come in various colors and with the proper cleaning, it will retain its beauty for years.  It is a synthetic gemstone that is chemically comprised of from a cubic form of zirconium oxide and yttrium oxide.  Cubic Zirconia’s are cut in the same way diamond are cut.  Depending on the styles, our CZ’s are both machine-cut and hand-cut.  CZs are so solid that it outweighs a diamond of the same millimeter diameter by 1.7 times more.      

How do I care for my sterling silver jewelry?

To prevent jewelry from damage, store your sterling silver jewelry in a cool, dry place individually in pouches or plastic bags to keep them from environmental harm.  Do not rub jewelry with coarse fabric, it may scratch the jewelry surface.  Do not expose to direct sunlight for long periods of time, it may fade the color of the stone.  Try to avoid direct contact with perfumes and lotions because it may leave residue on the jewelry.

To clean, wipe your jewelry with a damp cloth of warm water-detergent solution, then rinse well with clean water and air dry.  Last, polish with a lint-free soft cloth.  If your jewelry becomes tarnished, use a polish solution or a polishing cloth to the clean the piece.

Does your plating tarnish?

We normally use high quality rhodium plating and rhodium is considered a precious metal,in the platinum family, 3 times more expensive than gold.   This coating helps protect the silver from tarnishing, scratching, and corrosion; however, the lifespan of your plating depends on the care and environment.  Moisture, temperature, lotions, sweat, and perfumes can all affect the lifespan of the plating. 

What is  316L stainless steel?

316L stainless steel is surgical grade stainless steel. The purest form of stainless steel. It is hypoallergenic and will not corrode or rust

What is ceramic?

Ceramic is 1 of the hottest contemporary materials used in jewelry today.
Ceramic makes a definite impression with its unique look and impressive list of benefits.

5 Reasons to but ceramic jewelry

1) It's durable. The name ceramic sounds delicate and fragile, but it is actually quite hardy. Most ceramic jewelry is made from titanium carbide, also known as high tech ceramic. It measures between 8.5-9 on the Mohs hardness scale and offers some of the highest durability in the jewelry market. It is incredibly scratch resistant.

2) It's lightweight and hypoallergenic. Like items made fromtitanium, it is extremely lightweight, making it a great choice for jewelry worn everyday, like wedding bands.
It's hypoallergenic making it perfect for those with nickel allergies or sensitive skin.

3) It's affordable. Despite the benefits it offers, it is exceedingly affordable. Some ceramic wedding bands are under $40.00. Many high-end jewelry designers use ceramic to create luxury items, so even lower priced items don't look "cheap". 

4) It offers a uniquely modern yet classic look. With its thoroughly original contemporary appearance, ceramic jewelry provides an eye-catching alternative to standard metals and the color options are limitless.
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