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Frequently asked questions about Fine Enamel Jewelry

What is rhodium?
Rhodium is a precious hard metal in the platinum family of metals. It's used by fine jewelers to plate sterling silver, as it prevents tarnishing and provides a bright reflective finish. We rhodium plate all of our silver jewelry and cufflinks when a white metal finish is required. Other pieces are plated with 22 ct. gold - so no cleaning for you!

What is hard fired or vitreous enamel?
We use hard fired vitreous enamel for all of our silver jewelry and cufflinks. We also use it in many of our fashion jewelry designs (though some have Cold Enamel). It is fired glass, and gives a lustrous color that will never change. Jewelers like Faberge and Lalique used vitreous enamel. Enameling with vitreous enamel is difficult, as the melting point for silver is very close to the melting point for enamel.

What is Cold Enamel?
Cold enamel is a resin, and produced with a simpler air-dried process. We use it in some of our fashion jewelry, as it's required for highly curved surfaces and when working with cast brass.

Is Enamel Fragile?
All vitreous enamel jewelry must be handled with care, like a fine glass sculpture. Although it is durable like glass, it will also crack like glass if abused. However, in our 25 years' experience selling enamel jewelry, this problem rarely occurs. A jewelry care leaftlet is included with each piece of Fine Enamels silver jewelry.

Is your jewelry Nickel-Free?
Our jewelry meets the current standards for Nickel content as set by the EU.

Are all of your products Fair Trade?
Yes. Fine Enamel jewelry is created by the skilled enamelers of Thailand, in our American owned and managed fair trade facility. We are committed to providing fair wages and working hours, health care, training and a comfortable, safe environment where each person has the opportunity to reach their best potential. Our employees take pride in their work and we feel privileged to have them be part of our old-fashioned 21st century company.

Do you offer a Custom Design and Manufacturing Service?
Yes. Please ask for a free quote. Minimums are 150 pieces for sterling silver (or 75 pair for cufflinks) - or 300 pieces for fashion jewelry (150 pair for base metal cufflinks).