Materials & Care
Quality is paramount for us, from the sourcing of our metal and stones to the inspections that occur throughout our supply chain. One of our most valuable commitments is that all our jewelry is nickel-free. When plating sterling silver, a first layer of metal is needed to contain the alloys in the silver. Many companies use nickel because it very cheap. However nickel is a common element that people are allergic or have sensitivities to. We instead use palladium, a metal in the Platinum Group, which is not only hypoallergenic, but also provides durability and an additional tarnish-free layer to our pieces. Palladium is actually rarer and more expensive than gold.
925 Sterling Silver is an alloy made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper. After pre-plating our jewelry in palladium, we then plate each piece with a final layer of rhodium. Rhodium is currently the most expensive precious metal in the world, about 5X the average price of gold. It is also much harder than silver, giving our pieces tarnish-free durability that will last for years with proper care.
18K Gold Vermeil
Gold Vermeil is essentially gold plating. However, to be considered Vermeil there must be a minimum thickness of gold – 2.5 microns to be exact. At Atelium, we go beyond the standard and plate all our vermeil pieces with palladium and 3.0 microns of 18K yellow gold to give them not only more strength and durability but also value.
The best way to clean your jewelry is to use lukewarm water and a mild dish detergent or soap, dry with with a soft lint-free cloth. Do not use jewelry polishing cloths regularly as most have micro-abrasives which wear metal away. Store each piece separately in a bag or pouch when not wearing.
Remove your jewelry before showering, swimming, or exercising and apply fragrance, lotions and hair care products before putting on your jewelry as chemicals, especially chlorine, will accelerate the wearing of metal.
Polishing, Plating and Repairs
Although our Sterling Silver jewelry is plated with harder metals like Palladium and Rhodium, 18K Gold is still relatively a soft metal and through time wear is inevitable for all your pieces.
On of our easiest tips for our wider rings is to always wear these rings with the subtle engraving on top so wear is limited to the underside of the ring. If needed, remove deep scratches with a polishing cloth. If you would like to polish and re-plate, take your piece to a professional jeweler or send it to to us and we will refurbish your pieces for a nominal fee plus shipping.
Please email us at service@ateliumjewelry for more info.