Questions related to Jewelry
What is sterling silver?
Sterling silver is a common alloy of silver that consists of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper; hence the .925 stamp on this type of jewelry.
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What is a cultured pearl?
As opposed to natural pearls, cultured pearls are grown under strict conditions. Usually a pearl farmer will place a piece of mussel shell into an oyster or mussel. This irritates them and causes them to develop a pearl around it.
What is a karat?
A karat is a unit that measures the purity of gold. 24 karats is equivalent to pure gold.
What is rose gold?
Rose gold is a gold and copper alloy which has a pink-gold hue.
What is vermeil?
Vermeil is sterling silver coated with a thin layer of gold.
What is a balance spring?
Also called a hairspring, this spring is connected to the balance wheel inside a mechanical watch and makes the balance wheel spin. This controls the wheel speed and thus the speed at which the hands move.