Our Guide to Precious Metals
EDITED -13 May 2016
Discover our guide to the delights of the precious metals used in our contemporary collections, from gorgeous gold to statement silver.
Pure silver is too soft to use in jewellery, so it’s alloyed with other metals – usually copper - to form sterling silver; a process that adds strength and durability.
A hallmark is a stamp that guarantees quality and excellence in precious metals.
Our sterling silver jewellery is hallmarked 925, meaning that it is 925 parts of 1000 pure silver. Our 18 karat gold is hallmarked 750, which translates to 75% pure gold.
A rare and valuable material, it contains no oxides meaning that it doesn’t tarnish making it the perfect precious metal for jewellery use.
18 karat is achieved when pure gold is mixed with different metals to positively affect the malleability, durability and colour of the metal.
An accessible alternative to solid gold, vermeil (ver-may) is a style of plating. Used in settings across our collections, all of our vermeil pieces are sterling silver that has been plated with 18 karat gold 2.5 microns thick to ensure absolute quality and brilliance.
It is created when yellow gold is mixed with a small amount of copper and silver to give it a subtle pinkish tint.