Our Bridal Jewlery Materials
Cubic Zirconia stones are cut from laboratory-grown crystals. We believe that cubic zirconia are not merely affordable diamond substitutes, but unique stones that are beautiful in their own right, with their own clarity, color and brilliance. Our cubic zirconia jewelry is of the highest grade and clarity, making it an investment that will sparkle for a long, long, time.
Crystals are made by firing a combination of natural minerals and quartz sand. The combination is cooled slowly to avoid stress and inclusions, thus producing perfectly brilliant clear crystals for our crystal bridal jewelry. Color is also often added to the crystal and firepolishing is another common treatment where the crystal takes on a metallic look. Many of our crystal jewelry pieces are made exclusively with genuine Swarovski crystals. Since the company’s inception in 1895, the Swarovski family has been know as the makers of the finest crystal in the world.
Most of our pearl jewelry is made from lustrous, glass pearls. These are faux pearls are glass and coated in a deep luster, they have a perfect spherical shape that make beautiful jewelry. Our glass pearls come in a variety of sizes, and are available in more than 35 shades. These glass pearls are not only beautiful but affordable. Please see our Color Pearl Bar to find the perfect shade.
Some of our pieces are made with freshwater pearls, which are cultured pearls just like their saltwater cousins. That is, they are farmed. Freshwater pearls are most often irregular in shape, usually oval with a beautiful pearl luster.
A rhinestone is a sparkling artificial gem made from crystal, glass or acrylic. These stones are more reflective than cubic zirconia crystals.
Many of our keepsake jewelry pieces are made from Sterling Silver, a blend of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. Silver needs the strength of copper since it’s too soft to stand on it’s own, this becomes sterling silver. The result is a strong brilliant white - silver metal.
ELECTROPLATED WHITE GOLD
Several of our pieces are made with “electroplated white gold” and rhodium plating. Electroplating is the process of covering a non-precious metal with a thin film of white gold. The piece of jewelry is set in a chemical solution through which an electric current flows to coat it with white gold. White gold electroplating gives jewelry a brilliant silver shine and protects it from discoloration. This process allows our jewelry not to tarnish and look beautiful for a very long time.