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Pronounced "vermay," vermeil is an electroplating process in which 14K gold or higher is coated over sterling silver. Officially designated by the jewelry industry, items may only be sold as vermeil if they have a minimum thickness of 100 millionths of an inch (2.5 microns) of gold over the silver. Regular gold plating is less than 2.5 microns.
The "vermeil" technique of plating sterling silver with gold originated in France in the 1750s. It differs from "gold filled" or "gold plated" in terms of the thickness or thinness of the microns over sterling silver. "Gold filled" pieces have a much thicker layer, between 15 and 45 microns, which is mechanically bonded to the base metal with heat and pressure. Vermeil is a more expensive version of "gold plated". It does not wear off as quickly as gold plating does. However, over time, vermeil wears off and therefore will require re-plating.
Gold/Platinum Embraced Silver or Bronze:
Our platinum and gold embraced collections feature layers of platinum or 18K gold over sterling silver or bronze for a lustrous, radiant finish everywhere you look and touch.
To care for your plated jewelry items:
With a rainbow play of colors, mystic topaz flashes mostly green and purple hues with gorgeous streaks of red and blue. It is a natural topaz that has been color-enhanced by coating it with a fine layer of metal atoms in a process called “vacuum deposition.” The result is a shimmer of colors across the surface of the stone. This “fire” has made mystic topaz an incredibly popular gemstone. In fact, with a rank on the Mohs Scale of 8.0, it is a wonderful stone for jewelry. Look for mystic topaz under a variety of descriptive names, including mystic fire, rainbow topaz or titanium topaz.
A selection of our jewelry is made of sterling palladium alloy. Palladium is a member of the platinum group of precious metals. By replacing a portion of the copper content used in standard sterling silver with palladium, this proprietary formula renders a precious metal with superior performance attributes. Sterling palladium is five times more tarnish-resistant than standard sterling silver and has strength similar to that of 14K gold.
Palladium has been used as a precious metal in jewelry since 1939, originally as an alternative to platinum for making white gold. Its naturally white color requires no rhodium plating. Additionally, palladium is proportionally much lighter than platinum and is ideal for use in heavier gemstone jewelry. It is a more expensive alloy than nickel, but it seldom causes the allergic reactions that nickel alloy can.
Gems en Vogue II
The vintage inspired designs of Gems en Vogue II conjure romantic visions of elegance from the Art Deco movement to the French Renaissance. Set in advanced Sterling Palladium Alloy with 18K Gold Embraced™ accents, each piece of Gem en Vogue II jewelry is a wearable work of art, individually designed and executed with intriguing, often unexpected detail and highlighted by a colorful variety of unique gems.
Each piece of jewelry is designed around a specific gemstone and is often inspired by nature or architecture and influenced by historical jewelry and current fashion trends. The ultimate goal is always to present customers with original jewelry pieces they'll be delighted to wear.
About the Guest
Guest Michael Valitutti G.G. (GIA) is a graduate gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America with a wealth of knowledge and a deep passion for gemstones and jewelry. Winner of two design competitions and the subject of numerous articles and industry news, Michael introduced Sterling Palladium Alloy to America in 2006 with the launch of Gems en Vogue II.
Before entering the jewelry business, Michael had decided to pursue his MBA. However, before returning to his studies, he took a summer job working for a friend - a jeweler in a swanky area of downtown Toronto. He recalls, "I liked it so much, I decided to pursue this career full time, so I asked for a refund of my tuition and the rest is history." It's no surprise that Michael ended up on TV selling jewelry. More than 30 years ago, he did a pilot for his own TV show. He also worked at the TV station on weekends, working his way up to floor director. Now he is at home on TV and at home in the jewelry business.