Gold is a rare metal with a beautiful luster. It is alloyed with other metals to increase it toughness and durability so it can be used for jewelry. Different alloys create different colors of gold jewelry. Copper for rose gold. Nickel, zinc and palladium for white gold. Silver for green gold.
Percentages of gold are expressed in karats. The karat indicates the amount of gold as a percentage of the total weight. 24 karats is 100 percent gold. 14 karat gold is 14/24 gold or 58.33 percent gold.
Gold over silver is a special laminate process first fabricated by Ed Levin in the 1980's. A 14kt gold sheet is bonded to a sterling silver sheet. Ed Levin's gold over silver earrings are more than 25% 14kt gold by weight. Gold over silver is more valuable than gold filled or plated jewelry.
Gold filled is a process by which a layer of at least 10kt gold has been mechanically or pressure bonded to a base metal. The percentage of gold in gold filled jewelry must be 1/20th by weight of the total product. Like Gold Over Silver jewelry, gold filled jewelry will wear the same as karat gold jewelry.
Gold plated jewelry has been "flashed" with a very thin layer of gold over another metal. This layer is only microns thick and will wear off over time. Vermeil jewelry is gold plated sterling silver. This is often considered a very affordable alternative to higher priced golds. Although not as enduring as other golds, it is a fashion alternative at a very attractive price. Phillip Gavriel vermeil earrings are a great example.
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Starting April 1st Pyramid Studios will be closed Tuesdays as we're blocking the day aside to concentrate on our basics: custom designed jewelry, jewelry repair, and wedding ring orders for the coming season.
In a jewelry store, the jewelers bench is where creative juices flow into form, where the engineer becomes an artist. The bench is the heart of our trade, and she's a heart that requires quality time. We're setting aside Tuesdays to give the bench the special time she deserves.
Pyramid Studios will be closed Sundays through Tuesdays. As our reputation for our creative custom jewelry and quality repairs has grown, the hours in a week has not. In order to give our customers a more prompt turn around time and to make time to create jewelry, we chose the option of closing an additional day a week.
We need a day to recharge, listen to the creative muse and focus on our love of metals, gemstones and the artistry of jewelry. Making jewelry is the reason why we got into this business thirty one years ago and we need more time to do it!
When the store is open, it is rare that we get more than an hour a day to work at the bench. By having a full day on Tuesdays to sit at the bench and focus on what we do best as jewelers, we will serve our wonderful customers better and have time to set all our fabulous gems that await in the vault.
Our website www.pyramid.gold is open 24 hour a day.
Thank you to all our customers who have supported us since 1982.