February 12, 2017

What is Sterling Silver?

Silver and sterling silver are used interchangeably to describe jewelry but in reality they are different things. Silver (usually referred to as fine silver) consists of 99.9% of pure silver whereas sterling silver consists of 92.5% fine silver and 7.5 percent alloy metal, usually copper.
Pure silver cannot be used for jewelry or other objects since it is simply too soft. This is why sterling silver is a favorite medium for a lot of designers since it is affordable and malleable - it can be shaped into almost any form imaginable. It is a very popular metal for fine jewelry.
Since sterling silver contains an alloy metal it makes it susceptible to tarnish. This is why silver jewelry sometimes needs to be polished. This is relatively easy to do and your silver jewelry will get its shine back in no time. Sterling silver does not rust so it is safe in water and it is also a non toxic metal which makes it safe for jewelry (or cutlery!). 
Now you know! 
xx
Raven & Stone 
 
June 28, 2016

What is Oxidized Silver

Oxidized Silver is sterling silver that has been intentionally exposed to a chemical process in order to give it a matte black finish which is called a patina. So how are we able to do this to silver? Since pure silver (99.9% silver) is too soft to make any functional objects with, copper is added to it to and the result is sterling silver (92.5% silver, hence the 925 stamp on sterling silver jewelry). Copper is what allows us to change the patina of a silver piece of jewelry to black.

Oxidizing silver is done by jewelry designers, like Raven & Stone, for aesthetic purposes. Designers opt for oxidizing their pieces for a variety of reasons. It may be to accentuate the design of the piece or to make it more interesting and different by turning it black. A lot of our design feature oxidized silver and we love how it looks! 

What is really interesting about oxidizing a piece of silver jewelry is that the patina will start of matte black and eventually it will develop a gun metal lustre. It will change over time as a piece comes in contact with skin and rubs against clothing. Rings and bangles usually change colour faster than earrings do, for example, since we touch them more while wearing them and they come into contact with clothing and other materials much more often. The black colour will not transfer to your skin or clothing so that is not something you will need to worry about. 

Do keep in mind that you should store your oxidized pieces properly. They should be in a jewelry bag. If you find that they become dull after a time of not wearing them gently rub them with a polishing cloth to get some shine back. You do not want to do this vigorously as it can remove more of the patina than you want.

Here are some of Raven & Stone pieces that are sterling silver that has been fully or partially oxidized. 

                      

                        

 

xx, 

Raven & Stone

May 31, 2016

Stacking Rings

The beauty of stacking rings is in their elegance and versatility. You can wear one for a simple look or stack multiple rings on one finger. You can mix them with larger rings or you can wear them on a necklace! One thing is for sure, stacking rings will always offer you options and you will always keep coming back to them for all of your accessorizing needs. 

xx, 

Raven & Stone 

August 06, 2015

Did you know? Raven & Stone Offers Free Shipping to Canada and the US!

Because we love our customers and want everyone to enjoy our amazing jewelry without worrying about shipping costs, we are proud to offer free shipping to our Canadian and US customers! There is no minimum purchase required so happy shopping! 

Keep in Mind! While we do cover the cost of shipping your order to you, we do not cover the cost of customs, duties, or taxes. These are the responsibility of the receiver and due upon receiving your package.

Is one of these beautiful packages on its way to you?

 

April 12, 2015

NEW Pieces Have Arrived!

Raven & Stone is super excited with the addition of all of our new jewelry pieces 

to the website. Check them out here: http://www.ravenandstone.com/collections/new

      

August 20, 2014

14k Gold vs. 14k Gold Filled vs. Gold Plated vs. Gold Vermeil

I often get asked about the difference between 14k gold, 14k gold filled, gold plated and gold vermeil jewelry. It is a good question and anyone who wears jewelry should know what they are buying when it comes to different types of metals (especially if there are any metal allergies). 

14k Gold: Pure 100% gold is 24 karat gold. This means that 24 out of 24 parts are gold. Pure gold is not very useful for jewelry because it is too soft so it is alloyed with other metals in order to make it durable, cost effective or to effect colour. 14 karat gold is 14 parts gold to 10 parts alloy (14 + 10 = 24). 18 karat gold is 18 parts gold to 6 parts alloy (18 + 6 = 24), and so on until you reach pure gold at 24 karat. Depending on the colour of gold the other parts may be copper, silver, nickel, zinc, tin, palladium, and/or manganese.

14k Gold Filled: This is what Raven & Stone uses for our pieces. It is made of a base metal (usually brass or copper) covered by sheets of gold in a mechanical bonding process. The coat of gold is thick making it last as long as 14k gold jewelry. Gold-filled items are usually used for top-of-the-line jewelry by designers who want the quality as well as the ability to provide a more affordable piece. It is safe for most people with sensitive skin or allergies. Fun fact: 1800s Heirloom jewelry is often gold filled which gives us confidence about its durability.   

 

  

 

Gold Plated: A base metal such as steel or brass is dipped into a bath of electroplating solution, with a lump of solid gold. When an electric current is applied, a thin layer of gold is deposited on the metal. Since the plating is quite thin, the plate, and therefore the colour, on the piece can wear off.

Gold Vermeil: Vermeil is sterling silver that has been gold-plated. This is a good combination for those with allergy to normal, plated jewelry items. The layer of gold used for vermeil jewelry is very thin so extra care should be used to protect it from scratching and from the elements.

Hopefully this helps you when shopping for jewelry!

 

xo, 

Raven & Stone

July 23, 2014

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xo

May 26, 2014

May 24, 2014

Orange is the New Black

Orange is everywhere this season especially when it comes to accessories. This powerful colour is versatile and bold. If your style is all about festive colours these earrings will complement it. If you are, like me, more into neutrals and monochromatic palettes the pop of orange will brighten your look without taking away from the simplicity. 

The best part about this colour and these earrings is that they are great for spring and summer but carry into fall as well. Raven & Stone is big into pieces that can adjust to any wearer or any style. These earrings are a great example of the Raven & Stone design philosophy. 

May 01, 2014

Hello May!

It's May 1st and things are heading in a hotter direction. Here are

some things we are looking forward to this May:

  • May flowers
  • Patios
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Mother's Day
  • Farmer' Market

 

xo,

Raven & Stone