Options, Finishes & Care

Metal Options

All of our rings and jewellery are available in the following alloys.

Silver, 9ct Yellow, 9ct Rose, 9ct White, 18ct Yellow, 18ct White, and Platinum

Colour differences

Shown in the image above, the colours of the metals we work in are very different to each other.

Our silver is Sterling silver and is the brightest & purest ‘white’ of the white precious metals we work with.

9ct gold (or 9ct ‘yellow’ gold) is a softer gold tone to that of 18ct gold (or 18ct ‘yellow’ gold). This is because the 18ct option contains a higher amount of pure gold.

White gold is not actually a pure white colour (unless it has been rhodium plated – please see below for more information on that). 9ct white gold is a soft colour, with a slight golden tone. 18ct white gold is a deep, metallic tone – quite similar to the colour of platinum but slightly deeper. Again, 18ct white gold contains a higher pure gold content than 9ct white gold.

We also work in 9ct rose gold (but not in 18ct rose gold). 9ct rose gold is a soft, yet warm, pink tone.

Durability

As well as being different colours, the different metals also have varied hardnesses.

Silver is the softest of the precious metals. (We’re always happy to make your wedding rings from silver but you should be aware that silver wedding rings are never as hardwearing as gold ones).

Rose gold is also a relatively soft metal in comparison to the other gold options.

18ct yellow gold is softer than 9ct yellow gold. However, 18ct white gold is harder than 9ct white gold. (These differences in hardness are due to the gold alloys as well as the quantity of pure gold contained.)

Platinum is the hardest and most durable of the precious metal options.

Hallmarking

All of our jewellery is hallmarked (with the exception of our samll stud earrings due to their size & design) at the Assay Office in Edinburgh, so your Love from Skye jewellery is marked with the Edinburgh Castle hallmark as well as our Maker’s Mark ‘LFS’, the metal standard mark and the date stamp. We hallmark our silver rings, pendants, bracelets, charms & drop earrings even if their weight is below the legal weight requirement for hallmarking.

For larger scale visual information about hallmarking, provided by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, please see the PDF below the follwing image:

Click here for the Hallmarking PDF image

Rhodium plating

At your request, we can have your white gold ring rhodium plated. This finish is usually applied to white gold rings and jewellery to make them very “white”, as white gold alloys in their true form have distinctive colourings. Please note that as standard we do not rhodium plate our white gold rings. The majority of white gold on the market is plated with rhodium as standard to give it a very bright, white colour. Please be aware that this plating doesn’t offer any sort of protection to the metal as some customers are lead to believe. The only purpose of rhodium plating is to change the colour / tone of the metal underneath. Non-plated 9ct white gold has a slight golden tone and 18ct white gold is a deep, gun-metal colour. Rhodium plating wears off rings and is required to be re-done every couple of years (on average) at the customer’s cost, which is why we don’t plate our rings in the first place, and also because we love the non-plated colour for rings. How regularly re-plating is required is totally dependent on wear – how often the ring is worn and how hard the wearer is on their ring. It’s worth considering that the plating may need done more often to a wide ring or a ring with a greater flat surface area. However, if you are buying one of our rings to wear beside another white gold ring then you may wish to consider requesting that we do plate your new ring for you so that the colours match, but please be aware that you will be required to have this re-done in the future. You may also wish to consider chatting with us about polishing the plating off your existing ring for less future maintenance.

Oxidising

Some silver items, such as solid rings, can be oxidised, this leaves the lower sections black, giving a greater contrast to the item.

 

 

Satinising

This finish creates a frosted or matte look to your item and adds texture.

Photographed is our butterfly pendant finished with a satin-finish (left) and polished (right).

Chains

Your pendant or necklace will be supplied on the chain as pictured. Each item description includes details on the style and length of chain in the photograph for each design. Photographed below is a closer look at the chains we use for our pendants and necklets. (This does not include the chains we use for our heavier weight pieces – these will be described in more detail in individual descriptions). An 18 inch chain is considered to be an average length chain, therefore this is the length we use for most of our pendants unless the piece is designed to be worn at a different length. If you would prefer a different length or style of chain, please contact us for more details.

Earring fittings

You can select for your drop earrings to be made with either ‘hook’ fittings (left) or ‘post & butterfly’ fittings (right).

Gemstones

You can select your choice of gemstone from the selection we work with. As photographed, these are (clockwise) London Blue Topaz, Peridot, Garnet, Swiss Blue Topaz, Cubic Zirconia (CZ), Citrine and Amethyst (centre). Alternatively, please contact us if you would like details of any other gemstones.

 

Diamonds

The diamonds we use in our rings and jewellery are of G-H VS/1-2 quality, in sizes 1/8, 1/5 and 1/4ct, please get in touch if you would like to request a different size, shape, colour or quality of diamond.

We source our diamonds and gemstones from reputable dealers with assurances that these stones are not from mines and places around the world involved in conflict.

 

Caring for your Love from Skye jewellery

Textured rings

Silver is a soft metal so textured surfaces will begin to rub smooth eventually, over time. The best way to care for textured rings is to wear them and enjoy them but take them off to do anything which will be hard wearing on your ring – things like gardening or climbing.

Oxidised rings

When silver is oxidised on the surface of the ring’s metal then it is best to remove the ring for anything hard wearing (as mentioned above), when using cleaning products / chemicals or when swimming in a pool.

Tarnished jewellery / rings

Our silver is Sterling silver which is a high quality silver but unfortunately it does tarnish. Silver tarnishing is not anything to do with the way the jewellery has been made and it doesn’t mean that it’s not good quality silver, it is simply the nature of silver. Customers in our shop sometimes ask for advice and tell us about jewellery that this has happened to in a way which implies they feel disappointed by this or that it’s the jeweller’s fault. It really isn’t, it’s just how silver behaves.

To try to avoid your Sterling silver tarnishing, let any perfumes or lotions dry before you put your jewellery on. If you are storing your jewellery rather than wearing it, how you store it is really important. Don’t keep it stored away in the boxes we package your jewellery in because the glue and foam in the boxes can encourage the tarnishing process. The best way to store it is in wee air tight bags. If you need to clean your jewellery, a jewellery cleaning cloth is usually enough. If your jewellery has become really heavily tarnished or you need to clean silver chains then you may need a silver dip.

Things not to do with cloths or dips…….! Don’t rub matt finish or plated jewellery too heavily with a cloth. Don’t put pearls in a dip. (We don’t work with opals or emeralds as part of our collection but, if you have any, don’t dip those either. We don’t work with enamel either but if you have jewellery which has been given a splash of colour using the ‘cold enamelling’ process then don’t dip it.)

We sell cleaning products in our shop but if you don’t live locally, you can pick them up in hardware shops or supermarkets. We also offer a professional cleaning and polishing service which takes your jewellery back to looking like new! This service is much more thorough than using a cloth or a dip. You can see more about this service, including prices, on our workshop services page.

Resurfacing Cuillin rings

Resurfacing (re-hammering & re-oxidising) our textured & darkened silver Cuillin Ridge rings is much more complex and we do therefore need to charge to do this as it is a very time consuming process. This service is charged at £40.00.

Please be aware that this can only be done once or twice after you’ve purchased your ring. (Each time metal is hammered, it stretches a little. Eventually it becomes impossible to hammer it again without affecting the design and whether it can be done depends on how much surface wear the ring has received as well as how many times it has been re-hammered).

Reactions

Silver can occasionally create reactions which can be rather worrying if you don’t realise what’s happened and it can, understandably, cause the customer to worry that the piece they’ve bought hasn’t been made from high quality silver. This isn’t the case and although Sterling silver is a high standard of silver, one of the unfortunate properties of all silver is that it does react with different elements. It’s not common but it can happen, probably more than you would think. Discolouration can happen between silver and the skin when a contact reaction is caused by certain elements. The list of elements which can cause this reaction is a really long list but the most common culprits are probably cleaning chemicals, fake tan and latex gloves. Reactions can be more common in people who haven’t worn silver rings before and can also be more common when the ring is a wide design. Ensuring you dry underneath a wide ring after washing your hands can help. If your ring becomes discoloured due to a reaction then it will need to be professionally cleaned. Usually once a ring has been cleaned and the customer is aware of what factors to avoid, it doesn’t tend to happen again.

 

We’re always happy to offer specific advice to help you care for your Love from Skye jewellery.