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Understanding Jewelry Metals & Terms

Understanding Jewelry Metals & Terms

Our jewelry descriptions will contain terms listed below, but what exactly do they mean?   

We will do our best to explain them here:

Rhodium Plating

Plating over other metals to make it non-tarnish, and is a hard-wearing, scratch resistant metal - the same metal used to plate white gold! Rhodium is more expensive per ounce than gold, platinum, or palladium.

14K Gold Plating

Gold plated jewelry is NOT gold jewelry. Gold plated jewelry is made of a base metal e.g. copper, brass, or silver that has a very thin layer of gold applied to the top. When buying gold plated jewelry, you should consider the gold plating as nothing more than a coloring (an aesthetic attribute) – there is almost no inherent value to the gold applied. It doesn’t matter if it’s 24K, 18K or 14K.

Jeweler's Brass

A higher quality material used in fashion jewelry and plated with real 14K Gold while the base metal is brass. This jewelry piece will last a long time with proper care.

Stainless Steel 316L

An Austrian stainless steel, due to the addition of Mo element, its corrosion resistance, and high temperature strength compared with stainless steel has been greatly improved, high temperature resistance can reach 1200-1300 degrees, can be used in harsh conditions.

Stainless Steel 316L is resistant to rust and oxidation. This corrosion-resistant alloy is ideal for long-lasting jewelry designs. Hypoallergenic. No Tarnish or Rust. Now popular and loved by many fashionable people, because 316L stainless steel jewelry not only has good color, but also has many advantages such the fact that it is strong and not easy to deform.

925 Sterling Silver 

Sterling Silver is an alloy made from 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent alloy. An alloy is essentially the mixture of two (or more) elements taken from the periodic table. Regarding Sterling Silver, the alloys can include zinc, copper or nickel. While the United States, Europe and most of the world enforces a strict standard of sterling silver at 92.5 Silver to 7.5 Copper or other alloys, there are other standards. Some countries, including France have a standard of 95 percent, however 92.5 is the most common.

So, that leaves the question: what is 925 Sterling Silver? Ultimately, it’s the same thing as someone stating just Sterling Silver! Sterling Silver and 925 Sterling Silver are both made from the same silver alloy blend, with the only key difference being the name.

Conversely, metals that contain less than 92.5 percent silver are not Sterling Silver, which is important to keep in mind when buying Sterling Silver.

How to Identify Sterling Silver

The quickest way to identify Sterling Silver is to look for a mark or stamp, called the “hallmark.” Certified Sterling Silver will be stamped or marked with the word “Sterling” or “925.”

You may often come across hallmarks labeled with “STG” “SS” or “STER,” which are all authentic notations of Sterling Silver.

Sterling Silver, aka 925 Silver is hypoallergenic, high quality, stylish and safe. 

**Please note the factories in the U.S do not have to stamp their sterling silver by law as long as they provide metal content in the product descriptions**


Gold Filled

12/20 gold filled means it’s made of 1/20 of 12 Karat Gold

14/20 gold filled means it’s made of 1/20 of 14 Karat Gold

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