Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Caring for my Jewellery
    A Quick Guide..

    Always last on, first off.

    All metal oxides when exposed to air, so keep your precious metals in an air tight Mylar inflexible plastic bag. The Mylar bags prevent oxidation of your precious jewels. Seal and store in airtight Mylar bag which is acid free. .Avoid storing in areas of high - humidity.

    Keep it dry (never bathe or spray perfume on your jewellery).

    In jewellery, the value is also determined by the type and purity and craftsmanship of the chosen metal. There are many metals or rare earths yet to be discovered, the most commonly used in jewellery are  Silver, Gold, Platinum and these are often Rhodium plated.
     
  2. What is gold?
    Fine gold is pure and has no other alloys. It is also soft and maluable as a result is difficult to wear with the shape being altered.  22 carat gold is often used in China and India and is also soft. The European standard is 18 carat gold  and is .750 part per 1000 pure. In Australia, 15carat was frequently used in Victorian times as was 12 and 10 carat gold. Today most gold jewellery is either 18carat or 9carat both of which performance wise are acceptable.
     
  3. What is Gold plate?
    Many metals can be gold-plated and do not have an assay mark eg. 9ct. the plating is generally a few micron thick to cover the metal underneath sometimes silver sometimes copper. It is often called costume jewellery.
     
  4. Does the Gold Colour indicate the Carat of the Gold?
    White gold, yellow gold and rose gold all have a component of pure gold in them. The carat does not determine the Colour but rather the Alloys,  such as copper or zinc which can be added to the pure gold.
     
  5. What is Silver?
    Like pure Gold fine silver is also extremely soft. Pure silver is rarely used in Jewellery for this reason, The English standardized the purity of silver centuries ago, and since then Sterling Silver has been widely accepted as the standard with .925 parts per thousand with other alloys added. Like Gold,  Silver can also be plated to 10microns and is also considered to be costume jewellery.

  6. Gemstones
    Care is always given to valuable items. The value of a gemstone is decided by its rarity, carat, colour, clarity and  cut. Gemstones are varied in  their properties but as a rule owners should avoid harsh abrasives and acidic chemicals. Most Gems are crystal in formation and are prone to chip or crack if undue care is taken. Each gems has a hardness rating to help customers decide on it's wearability as a ring, pendent, earring or braclet . This is called the Moh Hardness Scale.

    Some gems have a liquid component and require a moist storage area. Some gems are also Porophous and the wearer needs to be mindful of staining and  spills and ultrasonic cleaning which can dull the stone. Finally there is the weight of a stone. As a rule not more than 4grams should be worn as earrings, the weight of other peices are chosen at the wearers disgretion.