The Australian Standards
Below are the symbols used when Carat stamping metal to the Australian Standards.
9ct Gold 37.5% Pure Gold Symbol 375
10ct Gold 41.7% Pure Gold Symbol 417
14ct Gold 58.5% Pure Gold Symbol 585
18ct Gold 75% Pure Gold Symbol 750
Platinum 95% or 96% Pure Platinum Symbol 950 or 960
Palladium 95% Pure Palladium Symbol 950
Sterling Silver 92.5% Pure Sterling Silver Symbol 925
How do I care for my jewellery?
The more you take care of your jewellery, the longer you will be able to enjoy wearing it. Here are a few simple tips on looking after your jewellery:
Understanding Carat Stamps
The term carat refers to the gold content of a metal. It measures the proportion of fine yellow gold to the other metal alloys it is mixed with. Similarly the term carat also refers to measuring the weight of diamonds and other gemstones.
The remainder of the metals is made up of a combination of different alloys such as platinum, palladium, nickel, copper, or silver. By combining different alloys we create unique metal types e.g. white or pink gold, while adjusting the carat.
Jewellery can be made in any carat of metal. The higher the carat, the softer and more expensive the metal, as it contains more pure gold.
How can I clean my jewellery?
All jewellery items; even the most expensive and high quality, will be susceptible to some wear and tear over time. They can sometimes start to look a little dull and dirty and lack the sparkle they used to have when they were brand new. Make-up, powders, soaps, cleaning products, dirt, dust and oils from your skin combine to create a film on the surface of your jewellery that will need to be cleaned regularly.
Often Brides and Grooms will need their ring resized at some stage in their lives. There are many different factors that make a ring too tight or too loose for your finger, when once it fit perfectly, but dont worry. In many cases the ring can be resized or remade to the correct finger size again. [...] READ MORE
One of the more popular and modern setting types used in eternity and wedding ring designs. Channel setting allows the use of a variety of diamonds; from brilliant and princess cut, to baguette and emerald cut stones. The diamonds are placed in a metal channel, side by side, and are secured by hammering the upper sides of the channel walls to ensure the diamonds are held tightly.