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With the help and cooperation of our vendors and customers, sustainability is our way of doing business at Beadspoint.
We offer 10K, 14K, and 18K gold findings in white or yellow.
Gold filled uses a karat gold overlay which is then bonded to a brass inner core. Beadspoint, Inc., manufactures gold filled with1/20th 14 karat gold, meaning, it is 5% 14 karat gold by weight with a brass inner core. We offer 1/20 14K rose gold filled and 1/20 14K yellow gold filled.
For more information on the difference between plating and gold filled or silver filled, visit www.jvclegal.org
All silver items contain a minimum of .925 silver (the remaining balance is made up of copper). As part of our sustainability program, Beadspoint, Inc. only buys Green Silver for use in our production process.
To use this grid, locate intersection of desired metal and present metal. This number is your conversion factor. Multiply that number by actual known weight of present metal, e.g., to determine what an item that weighs 1.50 dwt in Sterling would weigh in 14K Yellow, go to 14K Yellow under Desired Metal column. Follow that row across until it intersects the Sterling column. This is your conversion factor (in this case 1.248). Then multiply that number 1.248 (conversion factor) by 1.5 (known weight) = 1.872 dwt. This would be the weight for the 14K Yellow item.
The care required for colored gemstones varies with each beautiful piece. Safekeeping begins with their wearing: Always put them on last and take them off first. Avoid all chemicals and cosmetics (including perfume and hair spray); intense exposure to heat, light, or quick temperature changes; and any physical activities that may damage the stones.
When not in use, colored gemstones should be stored separately, in a soft pouch.
The safest way to clean any colored gemstone is with a soft, slightly moistened cloth. Stronger methods may be acceptable for certain stones, depending on what they are and how/if they have been set or enhanced. But, these approaches should only be considered with care and in consultation with a professional jeweler. A jeweler should also check each gemstone mounting on a regular basis.
With proper care, your silver will retain its beauty and character for many generations to come.
Sterling silver tarnishes, especially when exposed to salt air and products containing sulfur, such as rubber bands and some papers. However, silver that is regularly used typically needs less care.
Use a good quality silver polish. Some "dip" polishes contain harsh chemicals and should be avoided. Electrolytic cleaning (aluminum foil, salt and baking soda in a water base) is not recommended.
Begin by using a soft cloth or sponge to apply the polish. Rub each piece gently but firmly lengthwise, using straight, even strokes. You may use a small brush (like a toothbrush with natural bristles) for decorative trim or borders. Wash in sudsy water, being sure to remove all the polish. Rinse well in warm water, dry thoroughly and buff gently with a soft cloth.
Tiffany only uses sterling silver, one of the most beautiful and lustrous of all metals. With proper care, your silver will retain its beauty and character for many generations to come.
An "oxidized" finish is the deliberate blackening of crevices in the ornamentation of a silver object to make its decorative details stand out more clearly. Take care as this finish can be removed by overzealous cleaning and polishing.
Once cleaned and polished, silver must be kept dry and properly stored.
Between professional servicing, most gold and platinum jewelry can be maintained with a non-abrasive cleaner. Examine your jewelry regularly to make sure settings are snug and clasps and joinings are secure.
Avoid exposing gold jewelry to household bleach, which will quickly cause gold to discolor and possibly disintegrate.
Jewelry storage is important as well.
Abalone is a single-shelled marine mollusk that has been highly prized for thousands of years, and for multiple reasons. This amazing creature has been, and still is, harvested as a food source. Its mild, sweet meat is considered a delicacy by gourmets around the world. Its shell, which is valued by jewelry manufacturers, exhibits colorful, richly-textured iridescent patterns that border on kaleidoscopic. Its greatest treasure, however, is a pearl. It has been reported that fewer than 1 in 10,000 shells produce a pearl, and that less than 1 out of 100,000 exhibit symmetry. Most are irregular or horn shaped.
The term adamantine is used to describe any gemstone that has diamond-like luster. Only a few gems exhibit such exceptional light reflectance: cerrusite, sphalerite, and demantoid are three examples.
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