In today’s jewelry world, it’s hard to tell what you’re buying isn’t it?What are you really getting for that price??
Why does it seem like jewelry made of gold and silver went up so much recently? “I’d rather have real gold or silver, but I can’t afford it anymore.” It’s so true. What happened? Well, silver is traded as a community in the market and that has made prices so competitive, that the price has been driven up in recent years. Gold, as you know, fluctuating all the time, has really climbed because of demand. And, the average cost of silver in 2002 was $4 an ounce. In 2011, it was up to $30 an ounce! So in less than 10 years, silver costs 7 times more! You may ask…What are my alternatives??
What is STERLING SILVER? An alloy of silver containing a minimum of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals. (Care: these pieces hold up to most anything you put them through. They may tarnish if not worn regularly. You can polish tarnish off with a soft cloth).
What is GOLD PLATED VS GOLD FILLED? Gold Filled is the process of pressure bonding a thin layer of gold to a base metal. Unlike plating, fill has an actual layer of gold making it resistant to tarnish and more desirable and valuable. This option can also be alot more affordable. (Care: These pieces hold up to most anything. They may be polished with a soft cloth from time to time). Gold Plated is the next lower level of jewelry and is significantly less expensive. But these pieces can tarnish or turn sensitive skin green. So wear with care and you’ll have years of good use out of these affordable pieces. (Care: To care for these, you need to keep them away from soaps, water, and detergents. You should take them off to shower, wash hands, or sleep. Wear them occasionally, and they will hold up for a long while).
What is GOLDTONE/SILVERTONE? This is a fashion jewelry term that indicates the piece is made of alloy, unknown base metals, or mixed metals. (Now, US regulations have required that there be no lead in these metals, so it’s safer for consumers). These pieces are labeled “fashion” and found everywhere for great affordable prices. (Care: To care for these, you need to keep them away from soaps, water, and detergents. You should take them off to shower, wash hands, or sleep. Wear them occasionally, and they will hold up for a long while). If you don’t expect these finishes to last forever and you won’t be disappointed in your purchase. And, the advantage is, you can buy more of these fashion pieces because they are so inexpensive! More for me!
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