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Metal OptionsOur Jewelry is only manufactured to the highest quality standards and utilizes the finest custom alloys of metals based on top European standards (Which are much more strict than US standards) All of our Noble Metals are nickel free and have a minimal noble metal content of at least 58.5%. All of our jewelry is available in the following metals: 1) Our Custom Alloy Surgical Implant Grade Stainless: While not a “Noble” metal we custom make very high end bridal and fashion jewelry (including setting very high-end diamonds & gemstones) in this alloy. E.g. $10,000+ engagement rings. (this is not the inferior alloy almost exclusively seen in jewelry throughout the internet and jewelry stores) an amazing alternative as it is virtually indistinguishable from our palladium to the untrained eye. Pros: Very “Bright” metal. Very durable, tough, and extremely hard wearing an excellent metal for those who are hard on their jewelry. Very cost effective due to the solid construction of our jewelry and today’s very high noble metal costs and an excellent option for those on a tighter budget. Cons: This metal when used for rings CANNOT be sized down. A ring in this metal that must be sized down would need to be remanufactured (This metal can be “Reamed Out” to increase the finger size). This metal IS NOT FOR PEOPLE WITH ACCUTE METAL ALLERGIES. Even though this is the alloy that is specifically used for medical implants and is body safe as it is internally inserted into the body anyone with acute metal allergies or hyper sensitivity to nickel should avoid this alloy. Stone Setting Restrictions: Diamonds (all Colors) Ruby, Sapphire (all Colors) are the only stones hearty enough to be set in this alloy 2) Our Custom Alloy 925 Sterling Silver (92.5% Purity) It was a standard practice for us not to produce our pieces in sterling silver. Our position was based on the fact that over 95% of all silver jewelry today is mass produced at substandard levels. As you may or may not be aware most silver jewelry has a “blackening” process performed on the recessed areas within the pieces. This process is done to hide the imperfections of the metal inherent to sterling silver such as porosity (pitting) that is so prevalent. While it improves the “apparent” appearance it only “masks” the issues and it is not permanent. Silver is also very soft and misshapes, dings, scratches, dulls and scuffs way too easily. Silver is also notorious for oxidizing (tarnishing) very quickly, as well as not being able to withstand standard, jewelry shop ultrasonic cleaning without adverse affects on the metal surface (sonic wave pitting). If there are gemstones present it exacerbates the inherent silver deficiencies with the addition of oxidization under the stones that cannot be removed without removing and resetting the stones and since we set our stones using hard hand drilling and setting techniques rather than pre worked mass production techniques as it is a far superior process it amplifies the work involved to correct the issues. New Alloy: We are in the process of field testing a brand new sterling silver alloy that is double the hardness of traditional and non tarn sterling silver and 5x more oxidization resistant than “Non-Tarn” sterling . We are now offering this custom alloy even during the field test phase. We feel confident that this alloy could possibly redefine our stance on sterling silver. Note this is a much more involved alloy than what people are used to seeing in stores and on the internet. Pros: Very cost effective due to the solid construction of our jewelry and today’s very high Gold & Platinum costs and an excellent option for those on a tighter budget. Very linear in cost to our pieces produced in our custom alloy surgical implant grade stainless but unlike our surgical implant alloy this custom alloy sterling silver can be sized up or down and is safe for those with acute metal allergies (unless they are allergic to silver) to wear without allergic reaction. Cons: Because this is brand new we are in the field testing phase. We know that it is far far superior to every silver alloy to date. Due to the inherent issues of sterling silver we will need at least one year of wear (live field testing) to truly and intellectually address any possible “Cons” based on true field testing rather that speculation. Stone Setting Restrictions: None that we are aware of at this time 3) Our Custom Alloys 14kt. & 18kt. Gray Gold (58.5% Purity & 75.0% Purity) You will note that we use “Gray” and not “White” Gold. White gold contains nickel which is what people who are allergic to metals have a problem with and then it is plated with Rhodium to hide the yellowing. Our gray gold does not contain nickel and is the alloy that is accepted in France & Germany and to us the only acceptable alloy along with the fact that we do not plate our jewelry and this alloy does not need to be plated. White gold that is used in the US, China and Hong Kong is often “illegal” in many European countries. “The White Gold Plating Problem”: Because white gold is plated often referred to by the ignorant of the jewelry industry as “Dipping” there is a whole issue that you must be made aware of. Plating is a temporary microscopic layer that wears off the item exposing the true color of the metal. To properly re-plate the metal the item must be fully “Stripped” down removing all previous plating because plating over plating turns the jewelry a dingy shade of darkened gray. It is impossible to remove the plating from areas such as channels and stone seating areas, and because these areas do not receive any wear they turn dark and dingy with the reapplied layers of plating resulting in a negative visual impact on the gemstones set within those areas. Pros: It’s Gold, and will wear very well. We have been using our gray gold alloy for well over 10 years and have not had any issues with it. It can be can be sized up or down and is safe for those with acute metal allergies (unless they are allergic to Gold or Platinum Family Metals) to wear without allergic reaction. Cons: Due to the solidity of our work and gold costs at all time highs it is more costly to produce our pieces in gold opposed to our custom alloy surgical, custom alloy sterling silver or our palladium. It is not as “White” as the above mentioned alloys. Stone Setting Restrictions: None 4) Our Custom Alloys 14kt. & 18kt. Gold (58.5% Purity & 75.0% Purity) We use beautiful custom alloys of Deep Rich Yellow, Rose and Green Gold. This is the only option for metal colors outside of the “White / Gray” family. Pros: It’s Gold, and will wear very well. We have been using our gold alloys for years and have not had any issues with it. It can be can be sized up or down and is safe for those with acute metal allergies (unless they are allergic to Gold, Copper, Silver or Platinum Family Metals) to wear without allergic reaction. Cons: Due to the solidity of our work and gold costs at all time highs it is more costly to produce our pieces in gold opposed to some of our other custom alloys. Stone Setting Restrictions: None 5) Our Custom Alloy Palladium (95.0% Purity) Palladium is part of the same metal group as platinum but is harder and takes a better polish. Less than 5% of Jewelers worldwide have the ability to work in this metal due to the high temp nature as well as its quirky nature. Here at Atelier Gothique it is our absolute number 1 choice for “White / Gray” metal, we love it and have amazing success with it and it is one of our preferred bridal metals. Pros: It is much “whiter” than gray gold and platinum as well as being a “Harder” metal which results in a finer surface polish. It is much more pure of an alloy than gold used in jewelry today, it has a lower specific gravity than gold or platinum which means it uses less metal than the same piece in gold or platinum. Based on the solidity of our jewelry average costs for our pieces in Palladium end up to be approximately 20% less than 14kt Gray Gold, 30% less than 18kt Gray Gold, and 50% less than Platinum. It can be can be sized up or down and is safe for those with acute metal allergies (unless they are allergic to Platinum Family Metals) to wear without allergic reaction. Cons: In general it is a quirky difficult metal to work in but again here at Atelier Gothique we have zero issues with it and it is our number one choice for “White / Gray” metal. Stone Setting Restrictions: None 6) Our Custom Alloy Platinum (95.0% Purity) Platinum is considered to be the “Richest” of the noble metals. But Platinum is traditionally very soft and “Buttery” making it difficult to maintain a high polish, allowing stones to become easily loosened. Our custom alloy is more than double the hardness of traditional Platinum alleviating these issues. Pros: It’s Platinum, and will wear very well. We have been using our Platinum alloy for a few years and have not had any issues with it. It can be can be sized up or down and is safe for those with acute metal allergies (unless they are allergic to Platinum Family Metals) to wear without allergic reaction. Cons: Due to the solidity of our work and Platinum costs at all time highs it is more costly to produce our pieces in Platinum than any of our other custom alloys. Stone Setting Restrictions: None Surface Treatments Our jewelry is available in any finish or mixed finishes that you could desire from mirrored high polish to our hand applied silk satin finish utilizing old world European techniques and everything in between. Surface coloration: At Atelier Gothique we do not believe in using chemical blackening processes that are applied to the recessed areas of mass produced jewelry to hide the metal imperfections. Our jewelry is manufactured to such a high level that this is not an issue. When we add surface coloration it is a design attribute to the piece. We never use enamel paints or plastics nor do we use or condone the use chemical coloring processes as this is a short lasting inferior process. Our inlay / coloration is available in all colors and is achieved in one of two ways. 1. Custom Blended, Three Dimensionally Bonded, Reinforced Hard Wearing Ceramic 2. Fine French Enameling In All Techniques Our commitment to our clientele: Regardless of which metal you choose Atelier Gothique Jewelry will always be made to the same quality level commitment and standards each and every time, each and every piece, no exceptions. Regardless of your metal choice we always use our standard gemstone and diamond quality assuring your piece is done to our high standards and manufactured one piece at a time and made to wear and enjoy.
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Diamond & Colored Gemstone Options
Always Gemologically sound. All of our diamonds and colored gemstones are personally sorted, matched, accurately graded and selected by our staff Gemologist who is a world renowned Award Winning Senior Gemologist Appraiser & Instructor.
None of our white diamonds are enhanced in any way. We do not condone, nor do we use any clarity enhanced or color enhanced white diamonds, no fracture filling, laser drilling, coating, irradiation, or HTHP (High Temperature High Pressure) treated diamonds are ever used in our jewelry.
All of our diamonds (.35 carat and larger) are accurately weighed, measured and graded based on AGS (American Gem Society) standards. All of our large diamonds .50 carat and larger come with a full laboratory grading report. We specialize in Ideal and super premium cut diamonds and our large diamonds are available in every size, shape, color, clarity, and carat weight to fit every budget and are more competitively priced than what you will find in brick and mortar jewelry stores.
Unlike the diamond melee (under .35 carat) that consumers are used to seeing in jewelry stores, we take quality very seriously and believe in raising the bar. Our diamond melee is all super premium cut to Ideal and Near Ideal standards. Our standard clarity and color for our pieces are VS2-SI1 Clarity, G-H color with an option of upgrading to our + Premium Collection of VS1-VS2 Clarity, G-H Color or our + Super Premium Collection of VVS2-VS1 Clarity, E-F Color.
All black diamond's commercially available on the market today have be subjected to HPHT (High Temperature High Pressure) or Irradiation. All of our black diamonds are HPHT only and are available in every size, shape and weight available.
Ruby is one of the standard gemstones used in the production jewelry of Atelier Gothique. Our small Ruby melee are all precision custom cut for us in round brilliant and princess cut diamond faceting arrangements, unlike the native cuts found in typical jewelry today. All of our ruby melee is of pre-ban Burmese origin, from the Mogok & Mong Hsu mining regions and is of the finest quality. Our ruby melee has been subjected to standard heat treatment only. None of our ruby has been subjected to surface diffusion, bulk diffusion with beryllium, impregnation of dye, or glass cavity filling which is all too common in today's market place. All of our large ruby is available from all origins in both heated and non heated form and are accompanied by a full gemological grading report.
Blue Sapphire is one of the standard gemstones used in the production jewelry of Atelier Gothique. Our small Blue Sapphire melee are all precision custom cut for us in round brilliant and princess cut diamond faceting arrangements unlike the native cuts found in typical jewelry today. All of our Blue Sapphire melee is of Sri Lankan (Ceylon) and Madagascar origin and is of the finest quality. Some of our Blue Sapphire melee has been subjected to standard heat treatment only. None of our Blue Sapphire has been subjected to surface diffusion or bulk diffusion with beryllium which is all too common in today's market place.
All of our large Blue Sapphire is available from all origins in both heated and non heated form most of which have been cut by America's top award winning Gem Artists and are accompanied by a full gemological grading report.
Fancy Color Sapphire:
Fancy Color Sapphire is one of the standard gemstones used in the production jewelry of Atelier Gothique. Our small Fancy Color Sapphire melee are all precision custom cut for us in round brilliant and princess cut diamond faceting arrangements unlike the native cuts found in typical jewelry today. All of our Fancy Color Sapphire melee is of African origin and is of the finest quality. Most of our Fancy Color Sapphire melee has not been subjected to any form of enhancement. None of our Fancy Color Sapphire has been subjected to surface diffusion or bulk diffusion with beryllium which is done to almost 95% of all sapphire sold in brick and mortar jewelry stores today.
All of our large Fancy Color Sapphire is available from all origins in both heated and non heated form most of which have been cut by America's top award winning Gem Artists and are accompanied by a full gemological grading report.
The carved black gemstones that form the center pieces of our custom work are not black onyx which is always dyed to make it "Black" but rather 100% natural untreated Jade mined in the United States and carved by America's top award winning Gem Artists.
While we have above listed our primary gemstones in use we are gemstone experts and can provide you with any type, shape, size, and color that exists in the world for the most common of gemstones to the rarest gemstones the world has ever seen. The gemstones we provide you will be of the finest color, cut, and quality, from the finest mines, cut by the world's foremost cutters.