The world of jewelry making is rich and colorful. Methods used in making it affects the price. There are so many things involved in jewellery making. So if you are thinking of buying one, learn these jargons. That way, you’ll understand the quality of the piece you’re interested in.
Cloisonné? Plique a Jour? Guilloche?
If you hear these words, don’t panic. They are enameling techniques used in coating complicated designs. When we say Cloisonne, it means that the method used in enameling is traditional. They use flat wires and stick it to the base of the design, while Plique a Jour is almost the same process, but they remove the base to create a glassy look effect. Guilloche is the new way of enameling where they use opalescent enamel to achieve the same glassy look effect without removing the base. When you hear these three words, expect that the price is quite expensive because they are labor extensive.
White Gold? How Did That Happen?
You are probably wondering how white gold came from yellow gold. White gold is made of yellow gold, the white shiny appearance comes from alloy. The base is gold, while the coating is alloy. To make it shiny in white, gem makers use rhodium plating. Alloy, when mixed with gold, can still have a yellowish appearance. Rhodium plating helps the final product to have the whitish shine without any traces of yellow. White gold is in. Find them as you shop online for interesting pieces.
Gold Filled and Gold Plated: What’s the Difference?
First, gold filled and gold plated use the same process of coating inexpensive pieces of metal with gold. Gold-filled has a thicker gold coating compared to gold plated. It won’t break or flake off and will withstand the test of time. You can save money on electronics for ten years and see your gold filled necklace having the same appearance. Gold plated, on the other hand, uses a thin coating of gold which makes it not lasting.