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Metals and Gems

Jewels are offered in either Sterling Silver or a combination of high quality Silver-plated and Silver-filled components.
Sterling Silver
Pure silver is usually too soft to create functional objects, therefore, alloys are produced to enhance its durability. One of the most popular alloys is Sterling Silver, which contains 92.5% of silver and 7.5% of another metal, usually copper. The copper in the Sterling Silver can produce tarnish when the object is exposed to certain substances in the environment, however, this effect can be prevented by keeping Sterling Silver jewellery in air-tight bags; if tarnish appear because you left your jewelry in a humid environment, you can clean your jewelry with cloths specially designed for this purpose.
Silver Filled (SF) is made by using heat and pressure to apply a layer of .925 sterling or .99 fine silver to a base of less costly metal. This silver layer is many times thicker than standard plating – anywhere from 50 to 100,000 times thicker. The silver is bonded to the core metal and does not flake off the way plating might. The value of silver-filled is greater than silver-plated because silver-filled has an actual layer of sterling silver, not just a microscopic film.
The thickness of the sterling silver overlay on the silver-filled I use constitutes a full 1/10th of its overall weight (twice the content of 1/20 silver-filled items); the 1/20 and 1/10 notation refers to the ratio of silver to brass core by weight, which is 5% and 10% respectively.
High-quality silver-plated
Silver-plated jewellery offered in this website include components of high quality silver plating.
Recommendations to care for Sterling Silver and Silver-plated/Silver-filled jewelry
  • Keep your jewels in airtight bags or jewelry boxes, always in dry, cool places.
  • Use your jewels frequently, body oils help prevent tarnish.
  • Do not expose your jewelry to products such as chlorine, detergents, alcohol, nail polish remover (acetone), salt water, lotions, hairspray or perfumes. Basically, avoid to wear your jewellery when you have to handle abrasive products, when you decide to enjoy the pool /sea and put them on after you are completely dressed (after perfume, lotions, etc.)
Gems included in all designs are natural and high-quality products. Each gem is unique, with its own hues and inclusions; similarly, the size and shape of some gems can vary as in the case of the central stones in most necklaces.
It is important to emphasize that we have tried to reflect the colours of the gems as exactly as possible in the photos, but the configuration of each computer monitor can affect this greatly.




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