GLOSSARY OF TERMS

Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver is 92.5% pure Silver. It is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals such as copper, or zinc.  Combining other metals allows for the silver to harden resulting in more durable jewelry. Fine Silver is too “soft” to make jewelry because it can get bent or damaged easily. 

It is best to remove sterling silver jewelry before showering, swimming, etc…

Although the Metal will not be harmed with water, it can cause tarnishing due to the chlorine, salts, or harsh chemicals that may be in the water.

Vermeil

Gold Vermeil, or just Vermeil,  is a layer of real gold plating over solid Sterling Silver jewelry. It is a great alternative to real gold jewelry;  as you get the “look” for an affordable price.  Plated jewelry does not tarnish; but it needs to be taken care of for a longer wear span.   Most vermeil pieces can always be re-plated at an affordable price.  

Gold-Filled

Gold-Filled jewelry consists of a base metal covered in gold.  Although it is not solid gold, it gives the appearance of gold as an actual layer of gold is pressure bonded to another metal. Gold-filled has 100% more gold than gold plate. It is tarnish resistant; and does not rub off. 

Gold-Plated

A method of applying a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal by chemical or electrochemical plating.  It is best  not to shower with gold plated jewelry as the chemicals in the water may react to the finish.  

Cubic Zirconia or CZ (acronym)

A Cubic Zirconia is a sparkly synthetic gemstone that resembles a diamond.  It is the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide. Its acronym, or abbreviated word is CZ. It is as durable in jewelry as other precious gems such as rubies, emeralds, sapphires, etc.