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FINISHES, MATERIALS & STONES for wholesale jewelry at The Wholesale Fashion Jewelry
Yellow Gold plating is a thin coating of electroplated or mechanically plated gold on top of a base metal. Gold is an alloy mixed with other metals; usually jeweler’s metal to make it less expensive, harder, and longer lasting. Many of our high quality jewelry items are 18 kt gold plated or has 18 kt gold accents.
Rose Gold plating is very popular and we have a good collection of it. It is alluringly beautiful and flattering against all skin tones; it is gold mixed with copper. Physical vapor deposition (PVD) coating is made up of thin layers of metal that are bonded together through a rig. Using one of the most advanced surface finishing processes in the jewelry trade today, Rose Gold is quality crafted using new gold ion plating processes that are very durable and wear resistant, and have a higher luster than traditional plating processes.
925 Sterling Silver Jewelry has a .925 Sterling Silver stamp on it. .925 sterling silver gives the silver jewelry more brilliance and shine than sterling silver jewelry that contains a lower percentage of silver. Earrings, Necklaces, Chains, Rings and more are avaiallbe in Sterling Silver.
Many Higher quality pieces of jewelry are rhodium plated. Rhodium is a noble metal with a whitish gray appearance. Rhodium is typically applied to metal through the electroplating process. A thin plating of rhodium, which is one of the members of the platinum gold family, is applied over either sterling or other jeweler's metals to give a bright, shiny, long-lasting silver-colored finish to a piece.

MATERIALS

Jeweler's Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc; the proportions of zinc and copper can be varied to create a range of brasses with varying properties. For jewelry, at least 67% copper and 33% zinc is used. This mixture helps the brass become stronger and more durable than copper alone which allows for superb electroplating quality. Thus, the perfect mixture for fashion jewelry. This is used for many high end pieces of fashion jewelry.
.925 sterling silver is an alloy containing 92.5% pure silver, the highest percentage of fine silver possible for jewelry subject to everyday wear. Fine silver (99.9% pure) is generally too soft and malleable for jewelry; therefore the silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength, while at the same time preserving the ductility and beauty of the precious metal, it is a good metal for jewelry.
The Stainless steel used in fashion jewelry is a steel alloy with a minimum of 10% chromium content by mass. Stainless Steel does not stain, corrode or rust as easily as ordinary steel, and is hypoallergenic. Thus it is extensively used in heavy gauge welded components such as jewelry. Tusk 316 stainless steel is the highest quality stainless steel for jewelry products as it is long lasting and stain resistiance.
Resin is a durable and transparent plastic that is especially suited to jewelry making due to its ease of use. It begins in a liquid form, but after it has been cast is quite durable. Special resin molds with smooth surfaces are created to give resin its glossy finish as seen in high end designer jewelry.

STONES

Cubic zirconia (CZ) is the finest simulated diamond on today's market; like diamonds, cubic zirconia is colorless and doen't lose it's brilliance. CZ offers a combined high value of refractive index, dispersion and hardness (Mohs hardness: 8.5; refractive index: 2.15; specific gravity: 5.8). Cubic zirconia are chemically comprised of zirconium oxide and yttrium oxide. Similar to natural stones, CZs vary in color, clarity and cut. Cubic Zirconia stones are cut in the same way diamonds are cut. The sizing of the gemstone is usually indicated by its weight in carats, a carat being one-fifth of a gram. Because the cubic zirconia is so dense and solid, it outweighs a diamond of the same millimeter size, weighing 1.7 times more than a diamond of the same millimeter diameter. The best simulated diamond on today's market, cubic zirconia (CZ) offers a combined high value of refractive index, dispersion and hardness.
Top grade crystals are glass crystals cut in a process in which Daniel Swarovski (1862-1956), the son of a glass faceted, developed in 1892. He mechanized technique for faceting glass crystals, creating a sparkling, diamond-like "chaton". Crystal is a great stone for jewelry.
Synthetic and simulated stones are man-made, but having the same physical, chemical and optical characteristics as the natural stone. Synthetic stones are made in laboratories; these stones generally lack imperfections, making a perfect stone for jewelry makeing.
Genuine natural stones are any gemstones that may be used as a jewel when cut and polished and are valued for their beauty but which are not one of the four "precious stones" (emerald, diamond, ruby or sapphire).
Many of our natural stones fall into this category or jewelry. Some examples of semi-precious stones are amethyst, turquoise, carnelian, garnet, opal, peridot, rose, quartz, etc.