What is Fine Jewellery?
Fine jewellery is an investment. A lot of people might baulk at the price of a gold ring because they're so used to seeing imitation jewellery flooding the marketplace. Base metals plated in a thin layer of 'gold', churned out by a factory in the thousands, marketed by misleading information to confuse you about what you're actually buying.
The term “fine jewelry” is used for any jewellery that is made from precious metals such as gold, silver, or platinum. Fine jewellery typically uses genuine gemstones like diamonds, sapphires, rubies, or emerald (the four most precious gemstones), although semi-precious stones are also used. There is often confusion that the term "fine jewelry" relates to the delicate nature of the piece, ie fine chain or fine band, but fine jewellery is durable and made to last and as a result, it can be worn every day.
Below is a list of the different types of metal used in fine jewellery.
Sterling silver is a popular metal choice that is long lasting but can tarnish over time. To keep this from happening to your silver jewellery, make sure you store it in a dry and cool place (away from sunlight) when not wearing it, and that it is separate from other jewellery pieces. If it does tarnish, silver jewellery is easy to clean with a polishing cloth or a solution of warm, soapy water.
Gold jewellery (yellow, white or rose) is widely available in 9, 14 or 18K. Because pure gold is too soft to be worn everyday, it is essential to create a metal mixture when using gold for jewellery. Gold is an alloy composition made of gold and durable metals like zinc, nickel, silver and copper. This sturdy blend is resistant to corrosion, rust and tarnish.
Platinum is a naturally occurring white metal that is very dense compared to gold and typically more expensive.
Quality craftsmanship, materials and time (plus blood, sweat and tears), are what goes into quality jewellery. Built to last a lifetime and then some and crafted with purpose and intent to tell a story for all those who wear it.