Types of materials
Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by mass of silver and 7.5% by mass of other metals to add strength and durability. Sterling silver is the standard for beautiful high-quality silver jewelry.
999 fine silver is the purest form of silver. Fine silver is pure silver. It can never be excluded that a substance or particle of another material may have ended up in it, therefore it is referred to as "999" or 99.9% silver. Pure silver is too soft to make jewelry. In some cases, a piece of jewelry or parts made from pure silver can be made with silver clay. Silver clay consists of fine silver with a binder. When heated, the binder evaporates and pure silver remains. This is softer silver and can only be used for certain designs.
935 or 960 Argentium silver has only existed since 2006. It consists of 93.5% and sometimes 96% silver. To make the silver harder, argentium silver uses Germanium. The advantage is that the silver will not oxidize / discolor and therefore it no longer needs to be cleaned / polished.
Tibetan silver is silver which is made according to traditional Tibetan technology. Tibet silver jewerly is often decorated with beautiful designs, patterns and gemstones. Tibetan silver is slightly darker than sterling silver and remains beautiful with frequent wear. It is not always clear what the silver content of Tibetan silver is.
Titanium is a strong and light precious metal. It is even strong as steel, but about 40% lighter and is very corrosion resistant (almost as resistant as platinum).
Rhodium is the rarest and most expensive metal on the planet. Rhodium is a very hard metal with good light-reflecting properties. Rhodium (Platinum) is part of the Platina group, and it does not darken with wear and it does not oxidize like (sterling) 925 silver. Rhodium has the same color as white gold.
Pure gold is yellow in color, but gold can be developed in different colors. There is white gold, pink gold, green gold, black gold, gray gold, purple gold and blue color gold. These colors are generally obtained by alloying the gold with other elements in various proportions. There are hundreds of possible alloys and mixtures, but in general the addition of copper will turn gold in rose gold
White gold is a alloy of pure gold and at least one white metal, such as e.g. of silver, manganese or palladium. Like gold, the purity of white gold is expressed in carats.
Rose gold is a gold and copper alloy widely used for specialized jewelry. It is also known as pink gold and red gold. Although the names are often used interchangeably, the difference between red, rose, pink and gold is the copper content - the higher the copper content, the stronger the color red.
Gold plating is a layer of real gold onto the surface of a piece of jewelry.
Any jewelry finished with a protective coating applied using electrolysis to guard against corrosion and discoloring.
E-coating,electro-coating or electro deposition, is a method that uses electrical current to cover jewelry with an organic lacquer, covering the jewelry with an even and consistent protective coat. This coat keep the sterling silver or other metal jewelry beautiful and shiny for as long as possible and protect it from damage such as stains, discolorations and scratches. E-coat is an ultra fine transparent layer of plastic that protects the silver jewelry and increase the lifetime of your Jewelry.
ION- plating produces a hard and is the most durable protevtive coating with a high brightness. This type of coating is usually used on stainless steel and gives any other color onto the stainless steel and protect the jewelry against damage.. Ion plated coating usually lasts for decades.
Rhodium is a precious metal. Rhodium has a beautiful white color (between Chrome and stainless steel) and is not susceptible to outside influences. Rhodium-plating of jewelry is used to protect against corrosion, stains, scratches, extra shine and to decorate. Rodhium plated silver jewelry has the same color of white gold.
Ruthenium plating gives jewelry a "high-tech" jet-black or gun-metal grey look. It is very hard and highly resistant to damage such as scratches. Black ruthenium plated jewelry gives a much darker black aspect than rhodium plated jewelry.
Oxidation is a process to give sterling silver jewelry a dark or black patina. Oxidation is not a plating, but a finishing that will give an antique/vintage or dark/black shadow effect to your jewelry.
Any metal or gemstone cut with sharp edges and flat surfaces, these stones or jewelry catch the light like diamonds.
When the cold metal is hammered to create a textured effect.
Dapping is when a metal is struck with a hammer to curve them more, adding a textural element.