aqua chaceldony • 14kt gold filled earring wire • 14kt brushed vermeil
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.
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.