Sterling silver or 925 silver is used in jewelry since millions of years. Known for its affordable price, its easy treatment and its fashionable style, silver is used more and more in the jewelry world.
Pure silver is very soft and not solid enough to create solid jewelry pieces. 925 Sterling Silver is made of 92,5% silver and a 7,5% mix of copper, zinc or aluminium. It's this percentage which gives the Sterling Silver the solidity needed to create beautiful jewelry and keep its magnificent white shine.
Beautiful and longtime lasting, your Sterling Silver jewelry will tarnish with time. It is a common phenomenon but non permanent. It is a natural process when the small flaws included in the metal get in contact with air. This dark aspect can easily be cleaned thanks to a soft cloth and a jewelry cleaner specialised in sterling silver jewelry.
Sometimes called "platinum plating", rhodium comes from the same family as platinum. Rhodium is usually plated over white gold or silver. Its most known quality is its platinum finish giving the feeling to wear something precious for a fraction of the cost.
Rhodium is used as plating over silver jewelry (rhodium plated silver) or others (brass, copper, aluminium) to increase the solidity of the jewelry as well as their resistance to oxydation. Part of platinum family, rhodium is extremely hard and resist scratches. Rhodium does not get oxyded and do not require any specific cleaning.
There are though some precautions to take with rhodium plated jewelry. Make sure your never use hard products on it and do not wear your jewelry when your moves include frictions (such as gardening for instance). Even if rhodium is durable, it is not everlasting. Wearing your rhodium plated jewelry every day can also thinen the plating and show the metal laying under. Your local jeweler can plate your jewelry again with rhodium for a small price.
Our stainless steel jewelry is made of 316L stainless steel. Stainless steel is known, of course, for its durability, hardness and neutrality. Stainless steel will never tarnish and does not react when in contact with all skin types. Stainless steel can be polished for shiny finish. When it is highly polished, we talk about a "mirror effect" similar to platinum. Our stainless steel jewelry are either neutral or set with high quality stones.
Cubic Zirconia, zirconium, CZ diamond or simply CZ is an artifical diamond. They appeared mid-70's in the jewelry market. They were used as cheap substitutes for real diamonds. CZ jewelry are nowadays very common, allowing luxury styles for very affordable prices.
At the beginning, cubic zirconia were only available in clear color. Today cubic zirconia come in a wide array of superb colors.
Cubic zirconia is the best existing imitation, approaching the most diamonds' natural caracteristics. For the non-expert eye, it is almost impossible to distinguish a cubic zirconia stone and a diamond, much more expensive.
There a few differences to note. Cubic zirconia stones are not as hard as natural diamonds. Diamonds are a 10.0 on Moh's scale. Cubic zirconia are only at 8,5 (glass is at 6,5!). They are not as shiny but they have more reflects (rainbow colors) as natural diamonds.
Cubic zirconia are cut using the same technic as for real diamonds. Like diamonds, cubic zirconias can be cut in many shapes and sizes.
Click here to see all existing shapes. You will see all these shapes on our cubic zirconia jewelry !