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One of the largest problems I see in the Jewelry industry is customers being unaware of their metals.  Many chain stores carry silver plated looking jewelry and other metals and charge sterling prices. 

Since we are talking about silver, .925 silver is considered the best.  Silver is a soft metal and .925 means 92.5% of it is silver.  Silver, gold, platinum never go down in prices over time and there is always a market for it.  Brands come and go but these metals never lose their value.  Silver must be polished with cloth and silver cleaner every so often.  Oxygen adds to the tarnishing process, so keeping it in sealed bags will help.

With gold, 24 Karat is pure gold. The purity of gold is defined either in karats or fineness. A karat is 1/24 part of pure gold by weight, so 24karat gold is pure gold. To find the percentage of gold in an object when the purity is stated in karats, multiply the number of karats by 100 and divide by 24. For example, 12-karat gold is 50 percent pure gold.  Remember gold is too a soft metal so 24 kt gold may be too soft.

Vermeil is a style of gold plating that is an expensive process also known as silver gilt. It is tarnish free. Gold thickness, the type of base metal and the purity of gold are three factors that determine whether something is considered vermeil. Vermeil jewelry must have a sterling silver base with a coating of gold laid over top.

The white silver metal known as platinum is the heaviest of the precious metals, weighing almost twice as much as karat gold. It is dense, ductile and impervious to corrosion. … It’s color, which mixes well with gold, and its resistance to tarnish and wear, make it an excellent choice in the crafting of fine jewelry.

Know your metals and always ask if it’s sterling or .925 silver, what karat gold it is.  Enjoy your jewelry shopping, and come see us at Sea and Sand Jewelry.