Q: What is the difference between 18K PVD gold and gold plated jewellery?
A: 18K PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) is a process in which a thin layer of 18K gold is bonded to a base metal through a vacuum process. This creates a durable and long-lasting finish that is resistant to tarnishing and fading. In contrast, gold plating is a process in which a thin layer of gold is applied to a base metal through electroplating. Gold plating is less durable and can easily wear off or tarnish over time. 18K PVD is considered to be of higher quality and more durable than gold plating.
Q: What makes our jewellery hypoallergenic?
A: Our Rhodium plated 925 Sterling Silver, 18K PVD Gold, and 18K vermeil jewellery are all made with materials that are less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin. Rhodium is a precious metal that is similar to platinum and is often used as a hypoallergenic alternative to white gold. 925 Sterling Silver is also considered a hypoallergenic metal, as it contains a small amount of copper which can help reduce the risk of allergic reactions. 18K PVD Gold and 18K vermeil jewellery are also made with materials that are generally well-tolerated by people with sensitive skin
Q: What is 18K PVD gold?
A: 18K PVD gold is a type of gold plating that stands for "Physical Vapor Deposition." It is a process in which a thin layer of gold is applied to a base metal using a vacuum chamber and evaporated gold vapor. The result is a durable and long-lasting layer of gold that can be used to plate jewellery and other accessories.
Q: Is 18K PVD gold real gold?
A: Yes, 18K PVD gold is real gold, but it is applied as a thin layer to a base metal. The karat weight refers to the purity of the gold, with 18K being 75% pure gold.
Q: How long does 18K PVD gold last?
A: 18K PVD gold is known for its durability and longevity. When cared for properly, it can last for many years without fading or tarnishing. However, it is important to note that all gold plating will eventually wear off over time, especially if it is subjected to harsh conditions or frequent wear.
Q: How do I care for 18K PVD gold jewellery?
A: To keep your 18K PVD gold jewellery looking its best, it is important to handle it gently and avoid exposing it to moisture, chemicals, and abrasive surfaces. You should also store it in a protective box or pouch when not in use to prevent scratching and tangling. To clean your 18K PVD gold jewellery, you can use a soft, dry cloth to gently wipe away any dirt or oils. Avoid using harsh chemicals or ultrasonic cleaners, as these can damage the gold plating.
Q: Can I wear 18K PVD gold jewellery in water?
A: Our jewellery is designed to be water-resistant, meaning it can withstand some exposure to water without sustaining damage. However, we do advise against exposing your jewellery to water for extended periods of time or to activities that may subject it to excessive water exposure. This is because over exposure to water can eventually lead to deterioration of the materials or damage to the piece, which can shorten its lifespan. It's always a good idea to remove your jewellery before swimming, showering, or engaging in activities that may cause it to come into contact with large amounts of water. If you do need to wear your 18K PVD gold jewellery in water, be sure to dry it thoroughly afterwards to prevent tarnishing and fading.