·         What is Gold Filled Jewelry?

-          It is the process of pressure bonding a thin layer of gold to a base metal. Unlike gold plating, fill has an actual layer of gold making it resistant to tarnish and more valuable.


·         What is Vermeil Jewelry?

-          Vermeil is a combination of sterling silver, gold, and other precious metals. An example of Vermeil would be sterling silver coated with 14 carat gold. To be considered vermeil, the gold content must be a minimum of 10 carat with a minimum of 2.5 micrometers thickness.


·         What is Mother of Pearl Jewelry?

-          Mother of pearl also known as Nacre; is an organic-inorganic composite material found on the inner shell layer produced by some mollusks. Mother of pearl jewelry is sought after due its beautiful hues and illumination as view or angle of jewelry changes.


·         What is “AB” Swarovski Crystal Jewelry?

-          Swarovski together with Christian Dior developed the Aurora Borealis crystal bead in 1956. Through the steam treatment process a special coating becomes chemically bound to the outer surface of the bead. The end result is a distinct sparkle and shimmering effect that enhances the properties Swarovski crystals already possess.



·         What is Cubic Zirconia Jewelry?

-          It is the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide. This synthesized material has a dense substance weighing approximately 1.6 times that of a diamond roughly the same size. Cubic Zirconia jewelry is optically flawless and usually colorless, but can be made in a variety of different colors.


·         What is Sterling Silver Jewelry?

-          Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5 % by mass of silver and 7.5% by mass of other metals.


·         Why did the price of Sterling Silver Jewelry Rise?

-          Silver is traded as a community in the market, and many investors are using precious metals like gold and silver to hedge against inflation. As these investors seek out more precious metals, the price of metals goes up.

-          The average cost of silver in 2002 was $4/oz with the average cost in 2011 at $30/oz.


·         What is Bronze/Silver Overlay Jewelry?

- The process of first casting the piece in bronze then coating with a rich layer of sterling. This type of coating will not wear off. Bronze/Silver overlay jewelry provides the look & feel of silver- without the cost of solid sterling silver.

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