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Brass is a natural alloy that has been used for centuries in jewellery making. The proportions of zinc and copper can vary to create different types of brass alloys with varying mechanical and electrical properties. Today, almost 90% of all brass alloys are recycled. A natural quality of raw brass is that it can patina quickly. This natural oxidation process results in a dulling of metal. If you prefer to keep your brass pieces looking shiny and bright make sure to frequently polish them and follow our care advice.
Sterling silver is a silver alloy that contains a small amount of copper for hardness making it a suitable for jewellery making. It is usually marked with the numbers “925” meaning it contains 92.5% silver. “Sterling silver” is an international term for the best quality used in jewellery. Silver naturally oxidises and without the correct care can turn a brown to dark black colour. This process is often forced by jewellery makers to highlight details and textures on jewellery pieces.
Gold filled jewellery consists of a base metal, usually brass, that is bonded with a solid layer of gold, of any Karat, and typically at least 5% of the item’s total weight.
A lot of modern fashion jewellery is flash coated with gold which leaves only a thin layer of gold coating the base layer and can wear thin or completely off quickly. The Gold filling process bonds a thicker layer over the base metal that lasts longer than gold plating.
Different karats of gold are different colours. The higher the karat the more yellow it is naturally. This is why you cannot buy 24kt red, rose or white gold. I like to use 14kt gold filled chains because they have a light and similar colour to that of brass.
A classic stone for jewellery known by many names throughout history. Turquoise varies in colour from opaque blue to brilliant blue/green with brown or black veins. It is said that blue represents the sky and green represents mother earth. As a crystal it stands for wisdom, wholeness, protection and is connected to Vishuddha (throat Chackra) encouraging us to accept ourselves.
Garnet is often a dark red crystal connected with earthiness and is said to help one feel grounded. As a crystal it stands for increasing passion, sensuality, creativity and is connected muladhara (Root chackra). My favourite Garnet is Rhodolite which look very similar to Rubies and can have a pinkish hue.
Onyx is made from a crystal called Chalcedony which has been coloured to the desired solid colour. Popular colours include black, green and red. Onyx Chalcedony is said to help with self confidence, assertiveness and sense of responsibility.
Opal and Opalite
Opalite is a term used for fake opals constructed out of glass or resin and is commonly used in today’s jewellery market as a white/opaque opal look alike.
Genuine Opals are popular with colour flashes ie fire opals which have “flakes or flashes” of different colours inside them. Natural Gem grade fire opals are very rare and thus expensive. Lab grown opals take around a year to grow and can be purchased more cost effectively. White opal is said to bring enjoyment in life and amplify the feminine nature of being.