Our handpicked, vibrantly colored gemstones take the spotlight. The idea is a classically timeless one, but when the richness is paired with sterling silver and 14k gold a distinctly alluring design is created
Pure silver, also called fine silver, is relatively soft, very malleable, and easily damaged so it is commonly combined with other metals to produce a more durable product. The most popular of these alloys is sterling silver, which consists of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper.
Although any metal can make up the 7.5 percent non-silver portion of sterling, centuries of experimentation have shown copper to be its best companion, improving the metal's hardness and durability without affecting its beautiful color.
With proper care, your fine sterling silver will last a lifetime. To minimize scratches and other damage, store your silver jewelry in a cloth pouch, similar to the ones Ed Levin Jewelry sends with each purchase. Avoid exposing your silver to chemicals such as bleach or ammonia in household cleaning products as well as chlorinated water in swimming pools, as these chemicals can damage silver. Care should be taken to prevent tarnish build-up, a dulling that naturally occurs when silver reacts with sulfur or hydrogen sulfide in the ambient air. To clean your silver, use polishes formulated specifically to remove tarnish. You can find silver polishes, solutions or cloths appropriate for tarnish removal at most hardware stores. Tarnish is most easily removed when it becomes visible. Although wearing your silver jewelry is the best way to prevent tarnish from building up, regular cleanings of all your silver items will prevent tarnish and keep your silver bright and sparkling.
Gold won't tarnish, rust, or corrode, and though it is very strong, it is also the most malleable of all metals. Pure gold is too soft to withstand the stresses of every-day wear, so it is alloyed with a mixture of metals like silver, copper, nickel and zinc to give it strength and durability. Karatage, noted by a number followed by "k", indicates purity, or how much of the metal in a piece of jewelry is gold. Karatage is expressed in 24ths, making 24k gold 100% gold.
The color of gold is determined by the type of metal alloys included in it and the percentage of each metal alloy. In Ed Levin Designs you will find 18k and 14k yellow gold. 18k gold contains more precious metal than 14k gold. It is composed of 75% gold which gives it the rich gold color. 14k is composed of 58.3% gold, and its gold color is not as rich as 18k gold. 18k white gold and 14k white gold have alloys that make them appear white, they still retain a soft yellow hue. Rose gold's beautiful pink is the result of a larger portion of copper in the metal alloy.
Pricing of gold jewelry is dependent upon the purity of the gold used or karat weight, as well as the design and construction of the piece. The gold market also has a large impact on the price of gold designs. Currently the metal market for gold is at an all time high. Buying gold is an investment you can cherish forever.
Keep your gold jewelry away from harsh chemicals such as chlorine and cleaning fluids. This will reduce daily abrasions and prolong its luster. To clean gold jewelry, use a solution of warm water and detergent-free soap. Wash gently with a soft-bristled brush (a dull toothbrush works well). Store gold pieces separately in a soft cloth bag like the one provided to you with your purchase to protect them from the exposure to harsh daily elements.
Gold Laminate or "Gold Over Sterling Silver"
Our SS/14K quality mark denotes an Ed Levin precious metal laminate first fabricated at Ed's request over 35 years ago. A 14k gold sheet is bonded to a sterling silver sheet, then rolled or formed into a flat sheet, wire or tube. With the exception of bracelet stock, this special metal is more than 25% 14k gold by weight. And it has served our customers exceedingly well for over a quarter century. Our laminate should not be confused with vermeil or gold-filled.
Vermeil is a thin electroplating, measured in microns, each only 4 millionths of an inch thick and virtually immeasurable as a percentage of the metal's weight. Gold-filled is a process by which a layer of at least 10k gold has been mechanically bonded to a base metal.
There is no comparison between our SS/14k laminate and gold-filled or vermeil as to process, wear, quality, cost.
The most appealing characteristic of platinum is its durability. Each time other metals are scratched or polished, a tiny bit of metal is lost. But not platinum. A scratch in platinum may leave a mark on the metal, but this metal is so strong that it will not readily chip or splinter. While it is the strongest of metals, it can scratch and develop a patina of wear. Many people prefer this look, unique to platinum. If you like shine it can be polished back to the original reflective finish. In the mean time, buffing with a soft cloth can give your jewelry renewed luster.
Ed Levin Designs in platinum are special order items, so please call us at (888) 335-3864 with your request. We will determine if the design you want can be made with platinum and quote you a price. Please note that special orders are not returnable.