Beachside in Corsica
aqua chalcedony • 14kt gold filled chain
Chalcedony (pronounced kahl-sid-nee) is the form of quartz that is compact and microcrystalline. It occurs in many different forms, colors, and patterns, and many varieties have been used as gemstones. In the gem trade, the term chalcedony is often used specifically to describe the white, gray, or blue translucent type of chalcedony, but its technical term includes all additional varieties. Some varieties of chalcedony include Agate, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Chrysoprase, Jasper, Onyx, and Tiger’s Eye. The term chalcedony is used to distinguish the translucent stones from varieties of agate that are multicolored and banded.
Vermeil is one of the biggest trends in the jewelry world right now as it offers the perfect balance between quality and value. 24kt gold vermeil is a type of gold finished material that is composed of a thick layer of 24kt pure gold over solid sterling silver. The thickness of the gold is what sets vermeil apart from standard gold plating. For a piece to qualify as vermeil, it must have at least 2.5 microns of gold over sterling silver compared to simple gold plating which is a thin film of gold over a base metal. The heftiness of the gold layer means that it is much less likely to wear off or tarnish as gold plated jewelry would. Vermeil usually looks like gold to the naked eye, which makes it a great alternative for those who don't want to pay the high price for pure gold jewelry. To keep your vermeil bright, avoid contact with water and rough use.
Gold filled jewelry is tarnish-resistant and can be worn all the time. It serves as a cost effective alternative to pure gold jewelry without sacrificing quality and durability. Despite its name, gold filled jewelry refers to a process in which a layer of karat gold is heat- and pressure- bonded to a layer of base metal. This process keeps the metal tarnish resistant because it completely covers the surface of the base metal. Gold filled jewelry can be 10kt, 14kt, 18kt, 22kt, and 24kt. It looks like solid gold since its outermost layer is actually gold, however, it is a harder, more durable, and less expensive option than solid gold. Compared to gold plating or vermeil, gold filled jewelry contains 100% more gold, it is generally safe for wearers with allergies to common metals, and it is tarnish resistant. Gold is generally a soft metal; therefore, it should be worn with care to avoid bending, dents, and scratches.