Frequently Asked Questions

For the curious, we've collected answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our jewelry. Feel free to contact us with your question if you don't see it in the list below.

  1. What is Swarovski crystal and why is it so prized?
  2. What does rhodium-plated mean?
  3. is Preciosa crystal?
  4. What is the difference between gold plated, gold-filled and vermeil?
  5. What is cloisonne?
  6. What are lampworked beads?
  7. What are foil-lined beads?
  8. What is Venetian glass?
  9. What is the difference between natural, cultured, freshwater and shell pearls?
  10. What are Swarovski pearls?
  11. What is the best way to care for my jewelry?

What is Swarovski crystal and why is it so prized?

    Swarovski — pronounced swar-OV-ski — crystal, made in Austria, has a gorgeous uniform color, precision-cut facets, captivating sparkle and distinctive palette; in fact, it represents the highest standard of quality and is generally regarded as the finest of its kind throughout the world. Swarovki crystals are favored by some of the most prestigious fashion houses and used to enhance crystal glass sculptures and miniatures, jewelry, couture, home decor, chandeliers, fashion accessories, crystal-based ornaments and much more.

What does rhodium-plated mean?

    Rhodium is a member of the platinum family — an extraordinarily well-heeled member, as it is much more expensive than gold or platinum itself. This is one major reason we don't see rhodium jewelry. Yet, jewelers commonly plate sterling silver and white gold with rhodium because it is is very white, reflective, extremely durable, hypoallergenic and tarnish-proof. Note: I only use genuine rhodium plating in my pieces, never "imitation rhodium."

What is Preciosa crystal?

    Preciosa is a leading jewelry company based in the Czech Republic. The company's namesake crystals are known throughout the world for their outstanding clarity and sparkle; they come in a wide variety of shapes, colors and sizes, and.also grace chandeliers, contemporary lighting fixtures and myriad gifts. In addition, Preciosa produces high-quality beads, stones and other fashion jewelry components.

What is the difference between gold plated, gold-filled and vermeil?

    Gold plating is the process of adding a thin layer of gold to another metal in order to give that metal a gold-like appearance. In most cases, the layer of gold is very thin, just enough to cover all exposed surfaces of the other metal. It is most often used in jewelry plating. Note: This is not the same as "gold toned," a process that does not use any actual gold.