Knows your Accessories

What is Cubic Zirconia(CZ)?

CZ is an inexpensive diamond alternative with many of the same qualities as a diamond. This crystalline material (or CZ) is synthetic, which means it is created in a laboratory.

Is cubic zirconia fake jewelry?

Cubic zirconia is beautiful in its own right. It mimics a diamond but is not the same material, it is referred to as faux, fake, imitation, and stimulant. It should not be misrepresented as a diamond or other gemstone.

What does 316 and 316L stainless steel means?

This show the are austenitic of  alloys, meaning that these stainless steel products gain corrosion resistance from use of a nonmagnetic solid solution of ferric carbide or carbon in iron in the manufacturing process. The L designation means 316L steel has less carbon than 316.

Sterling Silver

The word sterling means that the jewelry is not pure silver. According to Key to Metals, jewelry must contain 92.5% pure silver to be labelled sterling silver.In order to enhance the durability of the material, manufacturers add other metals (7.5%) to silver. These can include copper, zinc, and other materials.

Gold-plated or gold electroplate means

The piece is made of base metal, and a very thin coating of gold has been applied to it.

Silver-plated or silver electroplate

The item is base metal with a thin coating of silver on the surface.

Nickel silver or German silver

This item is silver in color, but it does not contain any silver metal.

Plat or platinum

This piece is at least 95 percent platinum.

Pall or palladium

This item is made of at least 95 percent palladium

Vermeil

The item is sterling silver with a gold plating.