Silver and Rhodium are both precious metals. They are both silver in color, but each has their own unique look and qualities. Which is better is primarily a matter of aesthetics and personal preference. They each have a special place in the world of jewelry.
Rhodium is a silver-white metallic element that is part of the platinum family of metals. It is highly reflective and resistant to corrosion & tarnish. It is considered the rarest and most valuable precious metal in the world — ranking much higher than both gold and silver. In jewelry, rhodium is primarily used for plating other metals, including silver & brass.
Rhodium adds shine, luster, and durability to jewelry. It gives jewelry a bright, reflective quality and protects against scratches and tarnish. Rhodium is naturally nickel-free so any jewelry that is plated with rhodium is hypoallergenic.
Rhodium plating, like any other plating, can wear off over time depending on how often the piece is worn & how much contact it has with other surfaces. The plating on a ring that is worn every day and brushes many surfaces is likely wear off much faster than a pair of earrings for example.
One of the biggest benefits of rhodium is that it doesn’t tarnish. A rhodium-plated piece of jewelry can keep its shiny luster for years. Silver jewelry, on the other hand, can tarnish when exposed to air.
Sterling silver is 92.5% silver with 7.5% of another metal (typically copper) added. It is the copper in the sterling silver that makes it prone to tarnish, as copper reacts to moisture, sulfur, and other chemicals in the air. While pure silver does not tarnish, it is much too soft withstand jewelry wear. Tarnish can be easily wiped away with a soft polishing cloth. To minimize tarnish, clean your silver jewelry often and store it in sealed air tight bag when you are not wearing it.
Silver has a beautiful white-gray appearance. While not as reflective as rhodium, silver can be polished to a beautiful shine. Sterling silver is considered to be hypoallergenic as there is no nickel in its composition.
Side-by-side, rhodium typically looks shinier and slightly darker than sterling silver. Sterling silver has a whiter appearance and a slightly muted shine. We feature both of these beautiful metals in our Elevate collection.
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Today, sterling silver is one of the most commonly used metals in high-quality jewelry and accessories. But not just any silver alloy is labeled as sterling — true
sterling silver is required to have a set amount of silver content. Sterling silver is made almost completely from pure silver. Precisely 92.5% of the alloy must be
silver, and the remaining 7.5 percent comes from other metals, most commonly copper. This minimal addition of another metal provides silver with strength and
durability without affecting its gorgeous, white-gray appearance.
An easy way to tell if a piece is sterling silver is to look for a quality stamp. According to international standards, all sterling silver should be marked with a quality or fineness stamp, which clearly states the precious metal content of the jewelry. Typically the piece will be stamped with 925 (indicating the 92.5% silver content) confirming it is in fact sterling silver.
No matter how or where you wear it, sterling silver jewelry is a timeless and seamless addition to your jewelry collection. Now that you know all about this attractive alloy go check out our silver earring collection!!
Nothing oozes fun more than bright turquoise. Dress it up with silver or mixed metal combos.
Somewhere between yellow and olive green is a festive lime hue that exudes joy. Pairs perfectly with silver & gold.
This year's yellow is a muted version of lemon yellow that most anyone can wear. Mix it up with yellow gold, rose gold, silver - or all three at once!
Cream has a nice calming vibe that is perfect for showing off sun-kissed skin & shimmering gold & silver accessories.
Jewelry is the exclamation point for any look. Mixing colors and metals and give an outfit a completely different vibe. Try these fun combos for your favorite color palette.
How ETTA JANE Jewelry is Made
A new collection of earring designs has been completed. Then comes the manufacturing process, which can seem like an eternity!
All of our designs are created in house. From a carefully hand-drawn sketch, to the computer to develop the detailed 3D models on CAD software. The files and our specifications are then sent off to be ‘brought to life’.
The manufacturing process starts with 3D printing and lost-wax casting. The pieces are cast in metals that are made of 100% refined cast alloys, with 100% ethical-sourcing practices and fair-trade. And finally, a precise finishing and hand polishing process is performed.
We are beyond excited to receive the new earring design samples…TODAY! To hold a tangible result of our work and to see them shine. To try them on and share them with the world. The anticipation of new pieces is always so exciting!
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Looking for a layered look that won't weigh you down? Wide cuffs are the perfect accessory for creating stacks that are heavy on style but light on the wrist. Layer them together for fierce street style or chic polished looks.