STERLING SILVER (.925) Sterling silver is the standard for beautiful high-quality silver jewellery. Silversmithing is an art that dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Throughout history, silver has been valued for its lustre and utility, and was particularly prized by indigenous people in Mexico, Peru, and the American West. Gifts of silver jewellery in many cultures are given as a symbol of trust, truth, excellence, wisdom and love.
Today, silver is highly regarded as a true fashion statement.
Like gold, silver is soft and needs to be alloyed. Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver mixed with 7.5% copper to add strength and durability. Soul Jewellery sterling silver is Nickel free. Soul Jewellery sterling silver jewellery is stamped .925 which means that 925 parts per thousand are pure silver. This is the internationally recognized quality mark which classifies sterling silver as a precious metal.
SEMI PRECIOUS GEMSTONES The jewellery industry recognises gemstones by the purity of their hue, the depth of tone and the colour saturation. The best value is in colours that include ‘slight’ traces of other colours, are not too light or too dark, and have a lot of saturated colour.
We personally select some of the highest quality semiprecious gemstones available. Most gemstones have been treated to enhance their colour. The most common methods of treatment are heating (Aquamarine, Citrine, Amethyst and Tanzanite), or irradiation (Blue Topaz).
The semiprecious gemstones used in Soul jewellery have been carefully selected, however it is important to remember that as they are a natural product, there may be imperfections that will in no way compromise the integrity of your piece, and in some cases enhance the stone’s natural beauty.
PEARLS For centuries pearls have been a symbol of beauty and purity. Today, they are regarded as both classic and contemporary.
Pearls, natural or cultured, are formed when a mollusc produces layers of nacre (nay-ker) around some type of irritant inside its shell. In cultured pearls, a mother-of-pearl bead or a piece of tissue is inserted (by man) into the mollusc to start the process. The quality of the nacre dictates the quality of the lustre, which is very important to the pearls’ beauty and value.
Believed to have calming properties, the pearl is said to bestow purity, charity, integrity, truth, and loyalty in its wearer.
FRESHWATER PEARLS Freshwater pearls are grown in freshwater lakes, rivers and ponds. They are the product of an elaborate process in which a tiny bead is implanted (by man) into a mussel and gradually the mussel coats the bead in many layers of natural minerals and proteins. These layers are referred to as nacre. It is the nacre that gives pearls their famous lustre and colour.
A single mussel can be harvested many times, yielding several pearls at a time.
It is important to remember that as pearls are a natural product, surface spots and bubbles may appear during the layering process. This in no way compromises the integrity of the pearls and in some cases enhances the pearls’ natural beauty.
Mabe pearls grow against the inside shell of a saltwater oyster. This give mabe (ma-bay) pearls a flat side as opposed to being rounded like standard pearls. It takes two to six years for form a mabe pearl of commercial size.
COLOURED FRESHWATER PEARLS
Freshwater cultured pearls are available in a spectrum of colours. Many popular colours (white, pink and other pastels), can be achieved through natural means, manipulating the pearl mollusc's genetics, what they eat, and the type of trace metals in the cultivating environment.
It is a widely-accepted practice to treat freshwater pearls in order to achieve a particular colour and to create a more evenly-coloured strand.
Pearl colours should always be chosen to complement the wearer's complexion and wardrobe preferences.