I know jewelry terminology was like a foreign language to me before I started on this jewelry making journey and I know I was not alone. For that reason, I decided to include this wikiBEADia to explain some common terminology you see throughout my product descriptions to help you better understand each piece.
◊ Aluminum tarnish resistant chains: lightweight chains that offer long lasting wear by going through an eight step anodizing and dyeing process which helps soak the color into the chains. They are much more resistant to scratching and effects of chemicals through air exposure.
◊ Antique: the color is usually dull in nature and has the appeal of a historic/ancient/collectible feel due to its color.
◊ Brass: bright gold like colored components that are a combination of copper and zinc.
◊ Chalcedony: various types of colored quartz that is not transparent in nature. Usually made of jade, cat's eye, jasper and/or carnelian
◊ Czech glass beads: made in the Czech Republic which is well known for its glass and specifically glass jewelry making components since the 13th Century.
◊ Druzy: occasionally as some mineral crystals grow, they can form a dense bed of individual crystals on top with a single termination that is tightly packed and has a salt/sugar like appeal which is referred to as druzy
◊ Gold filled: gold filled jewelry components are composed of a solid layer of pure gold (mainly 14kt) bonded by heat and pressure to a brass metal base. The gold layer is so thick that its price varies with the gold market on a daily basis and it is stamped just like 100% gold jewelry. It provides long lasting wear that is resistant to tarnish due to the high amount of gold content and can be cared for just like any of your gold pieces. It is basically the next best thing after pure gold.
◊ Gold plated: mainly composed of a base metal that is dipped in a thin layer of gold. Its content is so minimal that it does not need to fluctuate with the daily market. Many times you can add additional layers to provide longer wear or extra protectants to help preserve the color longer than usual. Some components are very heavily plated and therefore provide much longer wear as well.
◊ Pewter: durable and naturally dark silver in color. Might contain lead, zinc and/or tin.
◊ Quartz: abundant mineral that belongs to crystal family. Pure form is clear/colorless. Depending on the macrocrystals (tiny crystals) that make up each stone, it can vary in color. Opaque (dark color) variations include onyx, chalcedony, jasper, agate, carnelian, citrine, aventurine and many more.
◊ Silver plated: mainly composed of a base metal that is dipped in a thin layer of sterling silver. Its content is so minimal that it does not need to fluctuate with the daily market. Many times you can add additional layers to provide longer wear or extra protectants to help preserve the color longer than usual. Some components are very heavily plated and therefore provide much longer wear as well.
◊ Stainless steel: components that are a vital part of our everyday lives from our watches to household appliances. Known for its durability and resistance to corrosion and tarnishing. They are naturally dark/antique silver in color unless plated with gold or regular silver. Widely used as hypoallergenic jewelry components.
◊ Sterling Silver filled: components are made by a combining a thick outer layer of sterling silver and a copper core. They are finished with anti-tarnish coating and handle very close to sterling silver.
◊ Swarovski: yes they are real! Components include crystals which come in many shapes (round, bicone, squares, etc...) and crystal pearls.
◊ Swarovski crystal pearls: medium-heavy weight pearls that are known for their high quality, unique colors and durability.
◊ Vermeil: sterling silver components that are heavily coated with different carats of gold. The coating can range anywhere from 10 to 24kt gold