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WHICH PRECIOUS METALS DOES 100 EAST FINE JEWELRY USE IN OUR PRODUCTS?

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The primary precious metal alloys used in our jewelry are gold, silver, and platinum. A microscopic layer of another precious metal, rhodium, is plated onto many of our white gold jewelry pieces. Rhodium is used to cover any tinge of yellow which remains from the natural gold color and gives the item an ultra-white appearance. We use alloys of precious metals, like 14kt white gold and 18kt white gold, because pure precious metals are too soft to be used in jewelry.

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WHAT IS A METAL ALLOY?

Metals are either elements (shown in the Periodic Table) or alloys. The major precious metal elements are gold (Au), silver (Ag) and platinum (Pt). While jewelry can be made from each of these elements in its pure form, jewelry makers found they are not ideal choices for jewelry. Pure gold and pure silver are quite soft and malleable which causes [...]

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WHAT IS VERMEIL?

Vermeil, pronounced "vehr-MAY," simply put is a metal product created by coating sterling silver with gold. In the US, to be designated as vermeil an item must be:Made using sterling silver as the base metalThe gold portion must be of reasonable durability and a minimum of 2.5 microns thickThe gold must be 10 karats or higher in fineness. Most [...]

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PLATINUM USE IN JEWELRY

Platinum’s natural greyish-white color is similar to white gold, but not as silvery-white. Platinum is among the rarest and most expensive metals in the world. It is also one of the strongest and most durable metals known to man.Platinum’s popularity for use in jewelry comes from its beautiful luster, resistance to tarnishing and its ability to move with force rather [...]

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SILVER USE IN JEWELRY

Pure silver possesses a unique, lustrous white color, which makes it very desirable for use in jewelry. The alloy known as sterling silver originated in continental Europe around the 12th century, well before white gold was created in the 19th century and before platinum could be produced in commercial quantities. You can check out how silver is combined with gold [...]

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WHAT ARE PRECIOUS METALS?

 Precious metals are those metals in the Periodic Table which are rare and possess high economic value. Eight Periodic Table elements are considered precious metals: gold, silver and the six metals comprising the platinum group of metals (platinum, palladium, ruthenium, rhodium, osmium and iridium). The six platinum group metals have similar chemical and physical characteristics, are neighbors on the [...]

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GOLD USE IN JEWELRY

Gold has been used since antiquity for jewelry, coinage, sculpture, vessels and as a decoration for buildings, monuments and statues. As early as 3000 BC, gold jewelry was worn by both men and women in Mesopotamia (today mostly Iraq, but also parts of Syria, Iran and Turkey). Gold purity or fineness (the amount of pure gold contained in the product) [...]

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Inspirations for My Jewelry Designs!

Inspiration for each of my fine gemstone jewelry designs usually occurs one of three ways. Something I encountered in everyday life triggers a design idea, I see that rare gemstone which captures my imagination, or a brainstorming session with a family member gets the creative juices flowing. Here's a little behind the scenes look at the process I went [...]

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How To Determine If a 100 East Fine Jewelry Ring Will Fit You

You’re going to learn in this blog that the best way to start is by measuring your ring size using ring gauges, as pictured towards the middle of the blog. If you’re located in the US, we are happy to provide you with a complimentary set of these ring gauges. Just email info@100eastfinejewlery.com or call 812-202-2143. We’re happy to send [...]

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​June Birthstone: Alexandrite

For the month of June, three lovely gemstones were selected as the birthstone, Moonstone, Pearl and Alexandrite.Photographed by David Weinberg for Alexandrite.net and released to the public domainAlexandrite: “Emerald by day, ruby by night,” is a phrase frequently used to describe alexandrite’s most famous magic trick; color-change. Outside in daylight, it is a cool bluish [...]

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