What is the difference between Fashion, Demi-Fine and Fine Jewelry?
Fashion Jewelry is made to look aesthetically like fine jewelry but the main material is brass and is then gold plated with 14k or 18k gold and finished with CZ stones. Demi-Fine Jewelry is the bridge between fashion and fine jewelry. Demi-Fine was tailored to those who don't want to break the bank and want their pieces to last longer! It encompasses Silver and Gold Plated Silver. Fine Jewelry is jewelry made of solid gold (10k, 14k,18k), platinum, and/or other precious metals and jewels.
What is each material composed of?
Brass, Silver and Gold Plated Silver
Brass: Alloy consisting essentially of of copper and zinc in variable proportions.
Silver: 925 Sterling Silver is an alloy made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper.
Gold plated Silver: 925 Sterling silver plated with up to 2.5 micros of Gold.
- Keep it dry: We know you love your pieces but chlorine and chemicals may dull and cause damage to your jewelry over time so take it off before showering, swimming or working out.
- Put your jewelry on last: For generations, women have been putting their jewelry on last and that’s for good reason! Lotions, makeups, hair spray and perfumes will accelerate tarnishing.
- Clean with Soap and water: This is our most recommended method because of the gentleness of soap and water. Be sure to fully dry after cleaning.
- Finish with a polish: After you’ve given your jewelry a good cleaning, you can finish the process by using a polishing cloth that’s specifically for sterling silver.
- Airtight Storage: Store your brass items in an airtight bag and avoid keeping it in a humid place such as the bathroom.
14k and 18k Solid gold is a precious metal that will not oxidize or discolor since it is the least reactive metal. The higher the K the more pure the gold is and the more gold color tone. It is also an active lifestyle’s best friend; requires minimal maintenance.
- Soap and water: This is our most recommended method because of the gentleness of soap and water. This should really be your first line of defense before trying anything else.
- Finish with a polish: After you’ve given your jewelry a good cleaning, you can finish the process by using a polishing cloth that’s specifically for solid gold.