925 STERLING SILVER:
925 Sterling Silver is an alloy, composed of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, such as copper, zinc and platinum. Pure silver, alone, is too soft and it must be mixed with other metals for durability. 925 Sterling silver is our choice of silver content for most of our jewelry pieces, as well as the base for our Vermeil pieces.
Stainless steel is a popular choice of metal in jewelry for its durability, strength, long lifespan, anti-tarnish, and scratch-resistant qualities. Stainless steel is not a precious metal like gold, silver, or bronze but it can better withstand the wear and tear of everyday activities compared to other metals, making it a great choice for your everyday jewelry wear.
Jewelry is often composed of alloys. Alloys are a combination of two or more different metals. This combination of metals results in materials with superior strength, durability, and resistance to wear. Pure gold and silver are too delicate and soft for jewelry-making. When these are mixed with another base metal such as copper, iron, nickel, it results in a product with both hardness and flexibility.
Rose gold is an alloy made from a combination of pure gold and copper. 18K rose gold, the most common form of this alloy, consists of 75% pure gold and 25% copper. The different tones and hues of pink seen in rose gold variants, come from the combination of gold and copper, with silver. Pure gold is a soft metal, easily subject to bending, denting, and damage. The addition of stronger metals like copper and, occasionally, silver helps to strengthen its durability and functionality for everyday wear. Indeed, copper is considered one of the most durable of all metals.
Rhodium is a member of the platinum group of metals. It has highly reflective qualities; and it does not tarnish or corrode. It is harder than gold and silver; and it is very durable. Rhodium makes for a great plating on silver and gold jewelry, ensureing your pieces remain tarnish-free. Rhodium plating is hypoallergenic because rhodium does not contain allergens like nickel. However, rhodium plating can wear off over time and will need to be replated. This varies depending on how often you wear and care for your jewelry pieces, as well as the thickness of the plating.
UNDERSTANDING GOLD SERIES
Gold plating involves covering another metal with thin layer of gold. The most common base metals over which the gold plating is done are brass, stainless steel, silver and copper. At Aria Haus, we choose sterling silver and stainless steel as our base metal in our gold-plated jewelry.
Gold vermeil is similar to gold plating - the differences lie in that the layer of gold is thicker and the base metal is 925 sterling silver. Gold vermeil must consist of a thickness of at least 2.5 microns of gold; and the gold content can be anywhere from 14K to 24K pure gold.
What is the difference between Gold Vermeil and Gold Plated?
Gold-plated jewelry has a plating thickness of 0.5 microns and its base metal is not necessarily sterling silver. Gold vermeil jewelry is superior to gold-plated jewelry, in that it always consists of a 925 sterling silver metal base and a plating thickness of at least 2.5 microns.
Cubic zirconia is a lab-grown, colourless stone designed to mimic diamond, and all the diamond. It is distinct in its aesthetic qualities and physical structures; yet, cubic zirconia can mimic various diamond shapes, cuts, and colours on the market. CZ is a great alternative and a sustainable choice of gemstone, since it is lab-grown, rather than mined, resulting in less negative impact on the ecosystem, a smaller carbon footprint and no deforestation. You can be sure CZ is environmentally conscious, ethical, and sustainable.
Chemical Composition: Silicone Carbide
Hardness: 9.25 on the Mohs scale
Refractive Index: 2.65 - 2.69
Clarity: Similar to that of VS (very slightly included) diamond clarity grade
Treatements: A moissanite might be subjected to treatment to make it whiter
Rainbow-like Light Reflection
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Chemical Composition: Carbon
Hardness: 10 on the Mohs scale
Refractive Index: 2.417 - 2.419
Clarity: Clarity grade can range from 'included' to completely 'flawless'
Treatements: A relatively small percentage of gem-quality diamonds are treated for improved color or clarity
White light Reflection
Brilliant & Sparkly