What is Fine and Demi-fine Jewellery?
What is Fine jewellery?
Fine jewellery is made with precious metals like palladium, platinum, gold, silver, and the best of diamonds and stones.
Break down of solid gold in fine jewellery
– 24ct gold is pure gold (purest of all) but it’s too soft and susceptible to scratches, so it’s not practical for everyday use. It’s also very orange in colour thats why jewellery is made in 9ct, 14ct, 18ct and 22ct.
– 18ct gold is 18 parts of gold to 6 parts other metal (i.e. 75% gold)
– 14ct gold is 14 parts of gold to 10 parts other metal (i.e. 58.3% gold)
Precious metal fine jewellery is made to last combining rich design, meaningful integrity and modern craftsmanship techniques making it valued higher than demi-fine jewellery. The reason for this is the contents of precious metal which has been used in earrings, necklaces, chains, pendants or bracelet fine pieces has a much higher percentage of precious metal rather than microns.
Fine jewellery is a timeless gift- an investment & tangible piece of art that it is recognised by. The elegance and class of fine jewellery draws eye of any women, as the precious metal has always been admired for its beauty and uniqueness – let it be in its solid form or crafted.
Fine jewellery is no longer the traditional yet it is far more affordable pieces are modern and aesthetics – luxury for every day.
What is demi-fine jewellery?
Demi-fine jewellery, a term that has swiftly come into fashion world in recent years, is a fine line between understated and high street jewellery. It spans from small, pieces such as earrings or bracelet to simple but chic necklaces. It’s a look that’s anything but boring and has made its presence felt.
Street or high street jewellery is now the new demi-fined jewellery made with 925 sterling silver as base metal which is normally plated with a thin fraction of gold known as vermeil. This is not the same as 9ct, 14ct, 18ct or 22ct solid gold. As the vermeil gold is very minimum on these pieces, compare 1-5microns to light dust i.e. 1mm =1000 microns. So, don’t confuse 18ct vermeil to solid gold fine jewellery.
Something to remember when thinking about fine jewellery vs demi-fine jewellery that vermeil gold plating can wear off with enough scuffs and scratches where was pure gold is solid gold that doesn’t tarnish – just give it a wash with warm soapy water to bring it back to life.
The Difference Between Solid Gold vs. Plated, Vermeil and Filled in jewellery
Solid Gold jewellery (22ct, 18ct, 14ct)
– Only pure gold + precious alloys no base metal
– Doesn’t discolour or tarnish
– Most hypoallergenic
– Highest quality
– Best for everyday wear so need to take it off
Gold plated jewellery
– Has brass base which is dipped in gold very quickly
– Less than 1% of pure gold
– Can irritate skin more (i.e. green colour)
– Fades quickly and rubs off
Gold Vermeil Jewellery
– Main base is sterling silver
– More hypoallergenic than brass
– Fraction of extra layer of gold than gold plated
– Can fade with scuffs and scratches
Gold filled jewellery
– Use mechanical bonding process, two gold filled layers are mechanically joined together under heat and pressure.
– A thicker coating than plating and vermeil
– Stamped with carat number
– Can eventually fade with everyday wear.