What metals do we work in and Why?

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There is method in our madness as to why we only work in certain metals to make our jewellery. Here’s your Beginner’s Guide to Shiny, precious metal:

The majority of our  ‘ready to wear” products are made in Sterling Silver (more technical 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper) Sterling silver is durable, long lasting and a cost effective metal to make jewellery in. It is softer than other metals and does require more care because it oxidizes naturally in air- this means is can turn brown or black ,100%  Pure silver called Fine Silver is too soft to use in the manufacturing of jewellery.

What does“Plated” mean?. The correct term is Electroplating. This means we have plated or covered the sterling silver in a microscopically thin layer in yellow or rose gold metal. Using a special process that combines chemistry and electricity. Yes it really looks like a science lab in our studio, we like to think of ourselves as Alchemists.  Plating unfortunately does rub off and tarnish this depends on how often you wear your jewellery, your jewellery’s exposure to chemicals and your body’s natural acidity but the great news is we can easily replate it for you.

Platinum has a soft white colour. It’s 30 times rarer than gold , 40% heavier than gold and platinum will not tarnish or oxidize, however it ages beautifully by developing a shiny finshh. Because it is so strong and hard, the details of intricately engraved or embellished rings often look sharper and more precise. The bright whiteness of the metal makes it perfect for showing off diamonds and gemstones. Platinum used to be 4 more expensive than 18ct white gold but at the moment you are able to pay less for the more superior metal!

Few metals capture the heart like Gold. A traditional choice for all types of jewelry, gold is the most easily worked of all metals because it is naturally very soft and malleable. We work in 9carat and 18carat, yellow, rose and white.

Yellow Gold: Gold is naturally yellow in color, however, since pure gold is very soft, it is usually alloyed (mixed) with silver or copper to bring out its natural warmth.

White Gold: To create the white‐silver color, the gold combined with palladium and silver. White gold also needs to be coated with platinum or rhodium to improve whiteness and add durability and shine. All white gold jewellery will need annual re-plating after the coating wears away. Noticeable when you see an yellowish undertone. We use the highest percentage of palladium content in our white gold to ensure the whitest end piece of jewellery.

Rose Gold: To create the rosy-pink color of rose gold, pure gold is combined with more copper. The more copper added to the alloy, the rosier the gold will become. Rose gold does not need to be plated or coated.

We do a few pieces in Brass and Copper. Brass is extremely affordable, since it does not contain precious metals. Made from a combination of copper and zinc, it has an attractive gold colour, but does tarnish over time to a green tinge and needs to be cleaned. Copper has a warm reddish colour. Copper tends to oxidize over time sometimes turning the skin green but it has traditionally believed to aid in one’s good health.  long periods.

We only source the best quality metals from reputable national suppliers endorsed by the Jewellery Council of South Africa.

All our pieces are stamped with their relevant metal stamps as prescribed by the South African Diamond and Prescious metal regulator, for which we have a gold liscence.

952 for Sterling silver

9ct for 9ct Gold

18ct for 18ct Gold

PT or Plat for Platinum

our madness why we only work in certain and more superior metals to make our jewellery.

 

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