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Frequently asked questions about our metals and gemstones

GOLD PLATED

We predominantly produce our jewellery in 14-18ct Gold Vermeil. It sounds fancy and it is fancy (it’s pronounced ‘ver-may’, by the way). But what does it mean, and how is it different to ‘gold plated’?

Whilst not a commonly known phrase, you should learn to love Gold Vermeil. To be classed as such, the piece must have a base of sterling silver, and the thickness of the gold must be a minimum of 2.5 microns. All gold UK vermeil pieces are stamped with the 925 mark to indicate the sterling silver purity. The plating process is different too - Gold Vermeil is plated with a process known as ‘electrolysis’, making the jewellery very durable.

 

GOLD PLATED STERLING SILVER

Elk & Bloom's statement pieces are produced in 14-18ct gold-plated solid sterling silver metal with a layer of 14-18ct gold in a 2 micron thickness. There’s also a layer of anti-tarnish on top for good measure.

 

STERLING SILVER

All our sterling-silver pieces are solid sterling silver throughout, which provides a high-quality and protective material durability. Elk & Bloom's sterling- silver pieces are stamped with the 925 mark - indicating the purity of the metal - and are also tested at the Assay office.

 

GEMSTONES

We source semi-precious gemstones and crystals for their clarity and depth of colour. Our team work to create our own special shapes and hand cuts to make all Elk & Bloom gemstones unique. Each gemstone has a special colour, birthplace and story. Some are believed to have special powers, but all of them share a common beauty.CUBIC ZIRCONIA or ‘CZ’At Elk & Bloom, we use Cubic Zirconia, offering a durable and affordable alternative to diamonds. You get the look without the price point!SOURCING METALS AND GEMSTONESWe are committed to ensuring that our stones and metals are responsibly sourced and our suppliers and factories audited.  


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