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Everyday gold 6.5mm cubic zirconia cluster stud earrings
✧ Cubic Zirconia, claw set, 6.5mm cluster stud earrings
✧ Butterfly closure
✧ Sterling silver base, 3-micron 18k yellow gold vermeil
✧ E Coating for longevity (nano- ceramic coating)
✧ Nickel free
What is Gold Vermeil? (Vermeil is a French word and is pronounced Ver-May)
Gold vermeil is much more affordable than solid gold but higher in quality than gold-plated pieces. To create vermeil, sterling silver is covered in a layer of gold that’s at least 10 karats and 2.5 microns thick; a micron is 1/1000th of a millimetre. Most of our gold vermeil jewellery is coated in 18k gold and is 3 microns thick over sterling silver. It can be a more expensive method but it gives the best result for long-wearing quality jewellery. To the naked eye, vermeil looks very much like solid gold.
What does “18k vermeil” actually mean?
If you see “18k” or another karat before the word “vermeil”, this simply refers to how much gold content there is in the jewellery piece i.e. 24k is 99.9% gold content, 18k is 75% gold content, 14k is 58.3%, 10k is 41.7% and 9k is 37.5%. Pure gold (24k) is very flexible and yellow in colour, so mixing it with other materials strengthens the gold, making it more suitable for use in jewellery.
CARING FOR YOUR JEWELLERY
~ When you’re not wearing your jewellery you should keep it in a safe and secure place, like your bedroom.
~ Gently wipe jewellery clean with one of our polishing cloths after each wear to remove make up and oils (from skin).
~ Jewellery boxes are a great place to keep your jewellery, but you should keep in mind that it does not protect the sterling silver pieces from tarnishing and oxidation.
~ Do not keep your jewellery in the bathroom because all of the moisture from your shower and sink will make the sterling silver pieces tarnish extra quickly.
~ Avoid direct contact with water and chemical products e.g. soap, perfume, abrasive products.
~ Do not wear jewellery when in the swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna/steam room or while bathing or showering.
~ Do not wear jewellery when in contact with chlorine, detergents, oils, moisturisers & perfumes as these can all cause tarnishing and damage.
~ Remove jewellery when doing household tasks.
~ Avoid impact with hard surfaces as much as possible.
~ Make-up, perfume & hairspray all contain chemicals, which may dull the finish of your jewellery.
~ Coil chains gently to prevent damage in storage, don’t yank or pull chains.
You should treat your jewellery like any other wardrobe item.
Clothes and shoes must be maintained i.e. washed, new soles, cleaned, repaired etc. The same goes for jewellery.
The gold plating must get a new gold layer on when needed, and it is advised to check locks and clasps for firmness.
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