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INFORMATION ABOUT OUR METALS

METALS AND VERMEIL 

 FLASH JEWELLERY IS HANDCRAFTED FROM 925 STERLING SILVER, BRASS AND 18K & 14K VERMEIL. OUR JEWELLERY DOES NOT CONTAIN NICKEL.
WHAT IS VERMEIL? VERMEIL IS A BENCHMARK OF QUALITY. IT REFERS TO HIGH-QUALITY STERLING SILVER THAT HAS A THICK OVERLAY/LAYER OF GOLD.

 'VERMEIL IS DIFFERENT FROM REGULAR ‘GOLD PLATED JEWELLERY’ AS TO BE CONSIDERED AS ‘TRUE VERMEIL’ IT HAS TO COMPLY WITH US STANDARDS:  THE BASE METAL MUST BE PURE SILVER OR STERLING SILVER AND GOLD PLATE NEEDS TO BE AT LEAST 2.5 MICRONS THICK (THICK IN INDUSTRY STANDARDS), AND AT LEAST 10K OR HIGHER.’ 

WE PRODUCE IN 925 STERLING SILVER WITH AN OVERLAYER OF 14K OR 18K GOLD. ALL OUR JEWELLERY IS PLATED IN A MINIMUM OF 2.5 MICRONS, EXCEPT OUR RING STYLES WHICH ARE PLATED IN A MINIMUM OF 3 MICRONS. DEPENDING ON THE PIECE AND WHERE IT’S WORN, UP TO 4 MICRONS ARE USED.

WE ARE FORTUNATE TO WORK WITH MANUFACTURERS WHO HAVE THE MACHINERY AND TECHNOLOGY TO TEST PRECIOUS METAL AND GOLD PLATE THICKNESS AND WE CONDUCT RANDOM TESTING ON BATCHES OF OUR JEWELLERY TO ENSURE QUALITY. 

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WHY 14K & 18K GOLD?

GOLD KARAT

% OF GOLD

% OF ALLOY 

NOTES

24K

99.9

0.1

CONSIDERED PURE GOLD, IT’S VULNERABLE TO DAMAGE AS IT’S VERY SOFT AS IT HAS NO ALLOY ADDED. THIS ALSO MEANS IT’S VERY BRIGHT & YELLOW IN COLOUR.

22K

91.7

8.3

WARM IN COLOUR AND WITH A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF GOLD IT’S STILL VERY SOFT AND VULNERABLE FOR JEWELLERY.

18K

75

25

A SWEET SPOT ~ LESS YELLOW IN COLOUR AND MORE DURABLE DUE TO THE ALLOY PERCENTAGE ADDED.

14K

58.6

41.4

A SWEET SPOT ~ SOFT IN COLOUR AND HARDER DUE TO THE ALLOY CONTENT. IT’S GREAT FOR JEWELLERY AS IT’S DURABLE AND ABLE TO WITHSTAND WEAR.

9K

37.5

62.5

WITH THE LEAST PERCENTAGE OF GOLD IT’S VERY LIGHT IN COLOUR, AND VERY LONG-LASTING. 9K IS GREAT FOR SOLID GOLD PIECES.