How to identify the quality of earrings? At least start by understanding these aspects!
Jewelry often has a lot of uneven quality due to various costs such as materials, design, production technology, etc. How can we distinguish the texture of earrings by product quality? Today, let's talk about the materials of the accessories following the jewelry column carefully created by the BHELMI team. If you think it is of use, please share and repost!
The most popular accessories that everyone likes to wear are made entirely from 925 sterling silver and coppers plated with real gold, which determines the texture. If they are not authentic materials, the quality is hard to guarantee.
Speak to 925 sterling silver pins first!
Pins are of 925 silver, titanium steel, and alloy. Alloy pins are prone to allergies, while 925 silver pins have better anti-allergic properties.
What is a 925 silver pin? Why use silver pins with a purity of 92.5% instead of 100% with a higher purity?
Because silver is very flexible, 100% pure silver cannot be shaped and is very soft. Most people are not allergic to 925 silver needles. However, it still exists some coincidence. Some people may be affected by 925 silver, and they still have allergies.
What is the difference between ordinary 925 silver pins and electroplated 925 silver pins?
Covering 925 silver with an extra electroplated layer is mainly to prevent oxidation of the silver and make it more beautiful. If the product is new arrivals, it is hard to see the difference. If it isn't stored carefully, it will oxidize and turn black in about half a month, and an extra layer of electroplating on the silver pin can effectively prevent oxidation. Generally used is 14K, 16K, 18K gold plating.
Well, the next step is about the electroplating process!
Usually, the process that we wear more often is gold-plating of heterogeneous materials, surface of non-gold materials is gold-plated, such as silver-plated and copper-plated. The color of the plated material is mainly taken place by the luster of gold to improve the jewelry.
What is gold plating?
Gold plating refers to the plated real gold on the surface of jewelry (18K real gold or 24K real gold), which calls the process of plating the surface of jewelry with gold using electrochemical methods. It is gold-plated on the surface of the jewelry, but the inner layer is of other metals, which are not gold. It is often applied to make mid-to-high-end jewelry.
The gold electroplating jewelry will get worn. It means you need to pay attention to maintain during wearing, keep away from chemicals such as cosmetics, perfumes, etc., to prevent it from polluting the surface, changing the bright color, and affecting the overall perfection.
The color vividness can usually be affected by electroplating gold from 24k, 18k,14k, 9k to rose gold, champagne gold, etc. Generally, the higher the value, the higher the cost.
The eco-friendly color of accessories with gold plating will last for at least half a year to a year. If you store it well when you don't wear it, you can keep the color longer and it won't tarnish.
The color retention effect of gold electroplating is better. It can last for 1-2 years or even longer. If the medical titanium steel is electroplating with 14k or 18k, the color retention will stay longer.
What is brass gilding?
All our gold-plated jewelry is made from brass alloy, which is an alloy of copper and zinc. We use this alloy for several reasons: it is malleable, non-allergenic, and tolerant, and it is the best metal for plating. It uses brass material to make the rough, and the surface is electroplating with gold, which can meet our needs for high-end and color retention time, make the color brighter and retain the color longer!
Copper is a favorite material of many designer brands, and much big-name popular jewelry will also use this material. Its unique color and characteristics will cause jewelry to have a different color and texture over time after long-term use. At the same time, it has a better anti-allergic effect.
If the brass gilding is well maintained, it can last for at least three years. If it is improperly maintained and used frequently, the color of gold-plated brass will fade faster.
Copper plating with authentic gold is a decorative process. Gold plating is performed on the surface to enhance the ornamental and artistic quality of copper. There are two main types of gilding.
Using metals of the same nature enhance the luster while the metals of different nature, such as copper-plated gold. It will directly replace the luster of the original nature with gold, which will be more ornamental and has a higher artistic value. There are different standards for copper plating with real gold, and the thickness of gold plating is various due to the actual situation.
Girls, how do you spot the quality of your earrings?