GOLD

What's the difference between Carat and Karat?


When shopping for jewelry, it's not unusual to start wondering what the difference is between a Carat and a Karat. Both the terms are used for the purpose of measurement. The term 'Carat' refers to the weight of a diamond. It is derived from the carob seeds, which are remarkably consistent in weight and shape and so were the favored scale balances in ancient times. This was standardized in 1907 and after that 1 carat became 0.2 grams. Furthermore, each carat is divided into 100 points. Therefore, 1/4 carat diamond is considered as 25 points and 1/2 carat diamond is considered as 50 points and so on. Carat is also used in its abbreviated 'Ct' form. On the other hand, a 'Karat' is a measurement used to measure the purity of gold, with 24 karat being the purest. The measurement gauges how much gold vs. how much alloy is in the piece of jewelry. If a jewelry item contains 18 Karat Gold that means it has 750 parts pure gold and 250 other metal alloys. Karat is also used in its abbreviated 'kt' form.




What is rose or pink gold?


Rose or pink gold is created by alloying pure 24KT gold with copper. Pure 24KT gold is a rich yellow color by nature and copper exhibits red tones. By melting the two metals together the result is karat gold with a pink rosy tint. In addition to copper, silver is sometimes added to give the metal more workable properties and durability.

Typically 18KT rose gold will consist of 75% pure gold mixed with 25% copper.

Gold Colors

Throughout history, most people have preferred the color of gold jewelry to remain close to that of pure gold itself, and so most jewelry has historically been made using yellow gold alloys. Other metals mixed with gold to produce alloys include copper and silver, which are the common components of most yellow gold alloys, and nickel, zinc, and palladium to produce white alloys. Red, pink, and pale greenish yellow can easily be made. There are more exotic colors which can be produced, such as blue or purple, but this is only possible using additions such as aluminum or iron, which have a harmful effect on the working properties of the alloy, and therefore are not commonly found.




Do 18k white gold rings turn yellow over time?


Yes, very slightly. In order to give 18kt white gold a pure white color, it is plated with rhodium. This is a standard practice for 14kt and 18kt white gold jewelry. Over time, the rhodium plating may wear off. When that occurs, the true color of the white gold (a slightly buttery off-white) will appear.




How can I tell if my items are gold?


The simplest way is to read the karat markings on each piece. Any one of these indicates that your jewelry is gold:

For 14 karat- 14k, 14kt, .585

For 18 karat- 18k, 18kt, .750

For Platinum- 950PT, Platinum, 950PT 10%IR

For Silver - Sterling, .925, SILVER

Vermeil refers to gold plated on Sterling Silver and will be valued as silver.




Can you tell me what the difference is between white gold and platinum?


White gold is made from yellow gold with addition of other metals such as silver and palladium. White gold is a harder metal then platinum and is not as dense, so when it is scratched it will loose content. Platinum is a naturally white metal. It is more dense then gold, which is why it is heavier. Both white gold and platinum require some kind of maintenance in the long term. Platinum needs polishing to bring it back to its new condition and white gold requires polishing and rhodium plating.




What is precious metal?


A precious metal is a metal with rare metallic chemical element and due to that is of high economic value. Precious metals are less reactive than most elements, have high luster, and have higher melting points than other metals. Gold, platinum and silver are considered as precious metals and used extensively in jewelry.




What is gold jewelry made from?


Gold jewelry is never made of only gold. Gold in its purest form is too soft. In Belgium, most jewelry is produced in 18kt gold. This means that the alloy consists of 75% pure gold and 25% other metals.

White gold is an alloy consisting of gold, silver and palladium. Nickel is no longer allowed. Therefore, a white gold alloy is never pure white but rather gray-white. In order to obtain a beautiful white color, we put on a rhodium layer by electrolysis. Over time, this rhodium layer can wear off.

Rings and bracelets require more maintenance than earrings and pendants.

Gold is the currency of love and everlasting affection.




Why 18 karat gold?


Because it’s the best! It's as simple as that!
If you want to know what makes it the best, then read on about gold alloys.

Gold itself is a yellow metallic element but, in its pure form, it is too soft to be used for general jewelry purposes, although there are some cultures which wear pure gold.

So for most jewelry, gold needs to be alloyed with other metals to provide the best combination of strength, appearance, and resistance to tarnishing.
The traditional way to describe the proportion of gold in alloys is "karats". Eighteen karat gold is 750 parts gold per thousand.

The karat mark tells you the percentage of pure gold to the alloy. In Europe the karat markings are : 999 is 24K gold, 750 is 18K gold and 585 is 14K gold.

These stamps are of no value without a registered master stamp.
See master stamps for more info.




What's wrong with 9 or 10 karat?


Nine karat gold only contains 37.5% gold, so there is more base metal than gold. Therefore, like copper, it tarnishes, turns green or black, and does the same for your skin and clothes. It can also be brittle, and is not as durable as 18 karat.




What about 14 karat?


Fourteen karat is an improvement on nine karat and it contains more gold (58.3%).
If you look at the percentage by volume, 14 karat still contains more base metal than gold!




Why is 24k gold not good for jewelry?


When buying gold jewelry, it is advisable to go for either 14 karat or 18 karat gold jewelry. You should never buy 24 karat gold jewelry because it is too soft, less durable and more expensive. You should also avoid buying less than 10 karat gold jewelry, as it appears dull.




What is platinum?


Platinum is an extremely rare and expensive metal, is a silvery gray precious metal often used for setting or mounting high quality diamonds and gemstones. Platinum is a strong, durable and dense metal which is valued for its white color and purity.




What is yellow gold?


Gold is an extraordinary and rare precious metal, with an unmatched combination of chemical and physical properties. Gold is the most non-reactive of all metals and it does not oxidize under ordinary conditions. No other metal is as malleable as gold. Pure gold is very soft and pliable, and alloys of different other metals are combined with pure gold to enhance its durability and strength, as well as creating a blush in the gold’s appearance with different color tones. 24 karat is 100 % pure gold, and it is more expensive and less durable than gold that is alloyed with other metals.





DIAMOND

How do I care for my diamonds?


Regular cleaning of diamond jewelry is essential to maintain shine and brilliance of diamonds. On wearing them, they get dirty as you use various skin and body care such as soaps, lotions and even our skins natural oils. Even when you are not wearing them, they collect dust. You can clean your diamonds at home by using soft brush, water and soap or by using readymade jewelry cleaners. Using Nancy's professional skills, she will at the same time, check the security of the settings. Diamond jewelry should be stored individually in a soft cloth pouch to ensure that the diamonds don't scratch eachother or other jewelry. You should not wear diamond jewelry while doing heavy work. Avoid your diamonds to come into contact with chlorine bleach, hair spray or other chemicals.

No two diamonds are exactly alike. Each one is unique.

Diamonds can break, crack, and chip. Diamonds grow and crystallize with cleavage lines. If struck at the right angle and the right amount of impact, diamonds can actually separate. Cleavage lines are the diamond’s weak spots. Diamonds are cut and shaped following these lines.

Diamonds can chip at the edges. Sometimes a hard strike can fracture your diamond and turn it into pieces of cloudy sections.




What is diamond carat weight?


A diamond's weight is expressed in carat, one carat being an equivalent of 200mg or 100 points. Evidently, the heavier the diamond, the more expensive. The word 'carat' is derived from 'carob'. In ancient India gems were weighed with carob beans that all weighed exactly the same. Accurate weight is very useful for the identification of the diamond.

Each carat is divided into 100 points. Therefore, 1/4 carat diamond is considered as 25 points and 1/2 carat diamond is considered as 50 points and so on. When diamonds are mined, large diamonds are discovered rarely in comparison of small ones, which make large diamonds much more valuable. For that reason, the price of a diamond rises exponentially with its size. So, a 2 carat diamond of a given quality is always worth much more than two 1 carat diamonds of the equal quality.




What is diamond clarity?


Clarity is a term used to describe the absence or presence of flaws inside or on the surface of a diamond. In other words, the clarity of a diamond refers to a diamonds clearness or purity. When these flaws / marks occur internally, they are called inclusions and when these flaws / marks occur on the surface, they are known as blemishes. These slight flaws make every diamond quite unique but they also affect the beauty and value of the diamond.

All diamonds have traces of their growth history. The clarity scale reflects the size, number, location and visibility of the internal characteristics when examined with a 10x loupe.A diamond is given a grade to describe the level of inclusions or imperfections. The less imperfections, the better the clarity.


Clarity grades:
FL= Flawless. There are no internal or external inclusions visible under a x10 magnifying glass to the trained eye.

This is the best and most expensive clarity grade.
IF= Internally Flawless. There are no internal inclusions visible under a x10 magnifying glass to the trained eye.

There is a minor external imperfection in the finish.
VVS-1= Very Very Small inclusion 1. Usually just one tiny inclusion, visible under a x10 magnifying glass to the trained eye.
VVS-2= Very Very Small inclusion 2. Tiny inclusions, only visible under a x10 magnifying glass to the trained eye.
VS-1= Very Small Inclusion 1. Very small inclusions, visible with a x10 magnifying glass.
VS-2= Very Small Inclusion 2. Very small inclusions, visible with a x10 magnifying glass.
SI-1= Small Inclusions 1. Small inclusions, visible with a x10 magnifying glass.
SI-2= Small Inclusions 2. Several small inclusions, visible with a x10 magnifying glass.
SI-3= Small Inclusions 3. Inclusions that may be visible to a trained observer's naked eye.
I-1= Included 1. Flaws that are visible to the naked eye.
I-2= Included 2. Many flaws that are clearly visible to the naked eye and that have an effect on the brilliance.
I-3= Included 3. Many flaws, clearly visible to the naked eye. The brilliance is decreased and the structure of the diamond is compromised: it can break or chip easily.
Eye-clean:
An eye-clean diamond is flawless to the naked eye, meaning it has no visible inclusions. Diamonds with a SI-1 grade or better are usually eye-clean.




What is diamond color?


Diamonds are found in all colors of the rainbow, from colorless and transparent stones to ink black ones. Varying degrees of yellow or brown color is common in most of the diamonds and slight difference in color can make a substantial difference in value. A truly colorless diamond is extremely rare and considered the most valuable. It allows most light to pass through the stone and creates the most brilliance.

Most diamonds range in color from white to slightly yellow.
A diamond must be as colorless as possible. The color grade describes the color tones in a stone. D is perfectly colorless, which is rare and expensive. The color scale goes from D to Z and indicates yellow and brown tones. It takes a trained eye to distinguish between shades that are close together, but an untrained eye see the difference between shades that are several tones apart with a little practice. Pink, blue, red, and green diamonds are also found, but they are very rare and expensive. These fancy colored diamonds don't follow the normal color/price scale and are priced separately.
Color scale
D= exceptionally white
E= exceptionally white
F= rare white
G= rare white
H= white
I-J= slightly tinted white
K= tinted white
M, N-O, P, S-Z= tinted color




What is diamond cut?


Diamond Cut is the most important property to increase its beauty because a well-cut diamond reflects the stone's brilliance to the maximum. Even a diamond with outstanding color and clarity will not display the fire and brilliance that diamonds are famous for.

A Diamond Cut by Shape describes the outline of the stone and pattern of the facet arrangement. A stone can be cut in various Shapes like Round(= Brilliant), Princess, Heart, Oval, Pear etc.

A Diamond Cut by Depth is the ultimate feature for its brilliance and fire. A stone's cut by depth can be described with Shallow Cut, Deep Cut or Ideal Cut.

The make is the most important factor in determining how much the diamond will sparkle.


The depth of a diamond is measured from the culet at the bottom, to the table facet at the top.
The depth percentage is the height of the diamond (measured from the culet to the table) divided by the width. The depth is crucial for an optimal brilliance and fire. When the depth percentage is too low, the diamond will lose its sparkle because the light is leaking out.






What's most important when buying a diamond?


When you go out to buy a sparkling diamond, you must consider the 4Cs of diamonds - Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat weight, as a base for your buying decision.And, as every diamond is unique, they are also very useful for identification.




What is diamond brilliance?


Brilliance is what makes a diamond 'sparkle'. When white light shines on the diamond, a luminescent reflection is seen. A correctly cut diamond increases the reflection of the light and has a maximal brilliance.




What is brilliant cut?


A round diamond with 57 facets that are arranged in a certain way fort he best optimal brilliance and light reflection.




What is a diamond cloud?


A cluster of very small internal inclusions. Tiny clouds will not interfere with the stone's brilliance, but a cluster of clouds will.




What is a diamond culet?


A culet is the bottom facet of a diamond. It is best to have a small or medium sized culet. A large culet will let the light escape, instead of reflecting it. When there is no culet, the bottom of the stone will chip easily.




What is a diamond facet?



Facets are the flat, polished surfaces on a diamond.




What is diamond's fire?


A diamond's fire, also called refraction or dispersion - is the colored light that is reflected from within. When white light enters the stone, it is broken down into all the colors of the rainbow, because the diamond acts like a prism. Only a diamond with perfect proportions can have good fire.




What's the difference between diamond cut and diamond shape?


A common misunderstanding is that the term 'diamond cut' would also refer to the diamond's shape. However, cut is what determines how well-cut your diamond is, whereas shape is the shape it was cut into. Diamonds can be cut into various shapes of which the round brilliant is probably the best known.




What is diamond fluorescence?


Certain diamonds disperse a bluish glow when exposed to ultraviolet light. A diamond should not have strong fluorescence, but faint or moderate fluorescence does not affect the diamond's look. Some customers prefer a faint fluorescence, because it balances the yellow color of some of the less expensive stones.




What is a diamond girdle?


The girdle is the narrow band around the diamond's outer circumference. It is usually the place where the setting holds the diamond. The girdle can be rough or polished, but either is good because it doesn't affect the overall beauty of the stone.




What is a diamond inclusion?


Inclusions are internal imperfections in a diamond, such as a spot or irregularity. Irregularities can include a fracture, a smaller diamond inside the bigger one, included liquid etc. In SI-3 clarity diamonds (or lower quality) the inclusions can be seen with the naked eye. In higher quality stones the inclusions are only visible under magnification. The fewer the inclusions, the better the clarity grade, the rarer the stone and the higher the price.




What is a diamond polish?


A diamond is given a grade for its finish, from poor to excellent. The polish is very important, because a good polish can enhance the stone's fire and brilliance. It takes a trained eye to differentiate between the different grades.




What is a diamond point?


A point is a means to express the weight of a diamond. One point is 1/100th carat.
A diamond that weighs 0.50 carat weighs 50 points.




What is G.I.A.?


The Gemmological Institute of America was founded in Los Angeles in 1931. It created and introduced the internationally used grading system.




What is H.R.D.?


HRD Antwerp's primary shareholder is the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC). The AWDC is a private foundation established in 1973 as the Hoge Raad voor Diamant (HRD) or Diamond High Council and represents the Belgian diamond industry. The HRD Antwerp diamond lab is the largest diamond lab in the world that issues reliable diamond grading and jewellery reports fully compliant with the rules for grading polished diamonds set by the International Diamond Council (IDC). They are the only international lab that strictly adheres to these rules, which have been approved by the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), the industry's two leading representative bodies.




What is diamond's make?


A diamond's make is the quality if its finish and proportions. A good make will enhance a stone's brilliance and fire. A poor make will decrease the stone's sparkle and fire.




What is a diamond pavillion?


The pavilion is the bottom half of the diamond, from the lower girdle to the culet. If the pavilion is too deep or not deep enough, light will leak out of the diamond and it will lose fire and brilliance.




What is diamond sparkle?


Sparkle or scintillation is the amount of light that is reflected from the diamond as it moves. It is the combination of fire and brilliance.




What is diamond symmetry?


A diamond is given a symmetry grade for its overall cut uniformity. The symmetry grade can go from poor to excellent. Poor symmetry will decrease a diamond's sparkle and fire, because the light is leaking from the stone.




What is a diamond table?


A diamond's table is its top facet. If the table is too small or large, this will influence the overall proportions, brilliance and fire.





OLD GOLD

How much is my old gold jewelry worth?


The value of your old gold jewelry is based on 3 things: The quality or purity of your gold. The weight of your gold. The current market price for gold. We value gold based on the daily market price of gold. The value of the gold in your old jewelry is equal to the weight of the gold content, times the market value of that gold, less the cost of processing and recycling.




What to do with old gold?


Nancy Aillery has an alternative to selling your old jewelry.She re-designs jewelry. So why not let her turn your old gold into exciting new jewelry. You can even exchange yellow gold for white gold.

Nancy melts or exchanges your gold to create the piece of jewelry you have been dreaming of. You supply the gold, and you pay only for labor and refining fees.Whatever materials are not used will be returned to you when you pick up your new jewelry.

If you want to retain the most value from your old jewelry, diamonds and gemstones, let us help you re-use them for what they were originally intended to be. Let Nancy create a magnificent new piece of jewelry just for you.

Use Nancy's design talent, years of experience and technical knowledge to achieve this.

Make sure the jewelry you buy suits you and your lifestyle. Jewelry makes a statement of quality and personal style.




Why should I sell my scrap or unwanted gold today?


There has never been a better time to sell unwanted or broken gold jewelry. Gold prices are at an all time high.

Your OLD GOLD is worth a fortune.

​Now is the time to empty all boxes and collect your broken, worn out, unfashionable golden jewelry.




Can heirloom jewelry be transformed or recycled?


​It's possible to transform old jewelry into modern jewelry with simple, budget friendly solutions.

Nancy has plenty creative ideas.
Save the emotional value : modernize family and other jewelry. Make it fashionable.

Use Nancy's design talent, years of experience and technical knowledge to achieve these adjustments and unique oportunity.

You will find the perfect piece to suit your mood and personality at Nancy Aillery Jewelry Design.





CRAFT

How is it beneficial to buy from a local designer like Nancy Aillery ?


While buying jewelry, you should not be in hurry or in pressure. You should buy it at your convenience and at your own pace.

When purchasing from a local jewelry designer, you can be sure that you are getting the true value for your money. Nancy provides you more personalized services because she intends to build a legacy of integrity & trust with her customers. She can better understand your taste & style.Also, you can expect an honest professional advice and attention combined with before and after sale services.




Is custom work more costly than ready made jewelry?


Sometimes yes, sometimes no, but it represents a better value.
It should be noted that with our pieces, doing custom work, there is original design work, individual attention and finally a level of individual hand craftsmanship in polishing and stone setting that are totally different than factory mass production. It means you end up with a vastly superior piece of jewelry.




What is handmade jewelry?


Hand made jewelry is jewelry that is made by hand without the use of machines, molds or casting. In a hand made piece of jewelry all materials must be shaped formed and assembled. Machine powered cutters, drills, and lathes can be used as long as they are operated manually, and guided by the artisan’s hands.

Hand made jewelry is the benchmark for craftsmanship in fine jewelry as it requires highly skilled labor to manually control tools, materials and temperatures to work gold and other precious metals.




Can you engrave my ring?


Yes, I'll be happy to personalize your ring with an inscription.




What is a master stamp?


Every goldsmith/ jewelry designer must have a master stamp.

With this personal stamp, I assure you that all my creations are 18kt gold as it is in accordance with Belgian law.

How do you recognize this stamp?

The stamp has a barrel shape. All master stamps are identical in shape but contain a personal "inside" design which comply to strict rules.

Each jewel is provided with a quality and master stamp.

The master stamp guarantees the originality of the jewel and the authenticity of the gold quality.

Without a master stamp, the gold stamp (750 or 18k) has no value.





GEMSTONES

Can I use my own gemstones?


Certainly! Nancy's more than happy to set your heirloom diamonds or gemstones in a new piece. Colored gemstones of large enough size can even be refreshed and repolished like new. Let's take those old pieces of jewelry that are in the bottom of your jewelry box and make them into something new and exciting!




What is a gemstone?


A Gemstone is a mineral which can be used in jewelry after cutting or faceting and polishing.

Gemstones are diverse in their beauty and many gems are available in a stunning variety of colors.




What is a precious stone?


Gemstones are classified into two categories, precious and semi-precious, on the basis of their characteristics.


Gemstones which are highly valuable for their hardness and rarity, are known as precious stones. Precious Stones are generally expensive in comparison of semi-precious stones.Precious stones include diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires.




What is a semi-precious stone?


Gemstones are classified into two categories, precious and semi-precious, on the basis of their characteristics.


Gemstones those are valued for their beauty and not covered under any one of the four ‘precious stones’.

Semi-precious stones are available in all price ranges from low priced to high priced. Semi-precious stones are alexandrite, amethyst, aquamarine, citrine, garnet, iolite, onyx, opal, peridot, tanzanite, topaz, tourmaline etc.




What is a birthstone? What are the different birthstones?


A birthstone is nothing but a gemstone, which is associated with the date of one’s birth and the wearing of such birthstone is considered to bring good luck and health. Certain gemstones are believed to have Supernatural powers.
Birthstones, on the basis of calendar months, are described as under:

January’s Birthstone – Garnet

February’s Birthstone - Amethyst

March’s Birthstone - Aquamarine

April’s Birthstone - Diamond

May’s Birthstone - Emerald

June’s Birthstone - Pearl / Alexandrite / Moonstone

July’s Birthstone - Ruby

August’s Birthstone - Peridot / Sardonyx

September’s Birthstone - Sapphire

October’s Birthstone - Opal / Pink Tourmaline

November’s Birthstone - Citrine / Yellow Topaz

December’s Birthstone - Turquoise / Tanzanite / Zircon / Blue Topaz





JEWELRY

Do you have funeral jewelry?


Personalized keepsake cremation jewelry for ashes.

Cremation jewelry pendants can keep the ashes of your loved ones close to you.

Nancy designs these urn necklaces and memorial cremation ash keepsakes.

Perfect for keeping those passed on, close to you heart.




Do you design ash pendants?


Personalized keepsake cremation jewelry for ashes.

Cremation jewelry pendants can keep the ashes of your loved ones close to you.

Nancy designs these urn necklaces and memorial cremation ash keepsakes.

Perfect for keeping those passed on, close to you heart.




Can we customize memorial jewelry?


Personalized keepsake cremation jewelry for ashes. Cremation jewelry pendants can keep the ashes of your loved ones close to you. Nancy designs these urn necklaces and memorial cremation ash keepsakes. Perfect for keeping those passed on, close to you heart.




How to store your jewelry?


Store them in a velvet bag or (jewelry) box. If you have multiple jewelry, it's important they can't scratch each other. Diamonds are the hardest material and scratch other diamonds and gemstone. Never put them together!

When storing a necklace, it’s better to close it, to avoid knots in the chain.




Jewelry insurance?


An obvious thing to do is photograph your jewelry, especially when you are wearing it. This is an inexpensive yet effective way to ensure that your jewelry is traceable, should you ever lose it. This is also vital evidence for those helping you to locate your lost or stolen jewelry.




How to clean your jewelry?


You can always brush your jewelry yourself with warm water, soap (Mr Proper)and a soft brush. Wipe the jewelry dry with a soft cloth.You can cook your 18 carat golden diamond jewelry in a solution of water and these soaps for a couple of minutes, then rinse under warm water.

Your jewelry will shine and be clean !!

Over time, jewelry loses its shine and becomes mat. Blinking with a cloth will no longer do the job. Only professional polishing can make your jewelry shine again. You can not do this yourself.The only way to take away the scratches and really make your jewelry shine is to polish it with a professional polishing machine.
Make it a habit to have your jewelry checked (settings) and polished or rhodiated (for white gold)every one or two years.

The frequency for polishing your jewelry depends on how often you wear your jewelry.Jewelry should be professionally cleaned and inspected once a year, just like a fine automobile.

Periodic inspection and maintenance of jewelry helps prevent costly repairs or replacements. Personally inspect your jewelry as you wear it by looking for loose or chipped stones, worn metal, or malfunctioning clasps.

You are always welcome at Nancy Aillery Jewelry Design for ultra sonic cleaning, polishing and rhodiating your jewelry. She has the necessary knowledge and expertise and, of course, the right material to make your jewelry look new.

She can also check the settings of your precious gems. If you drop your jewel, it's best to come as soon as possible, to avoid the loss of a valuable stone.




What's the correct maintenance for your jewelry?


We believe that knowing how to care properly for your jewelry will make all the difference in maintaining its lovely luster, which is why it’s important to read these basic jewelry care instructions.

Take off your jewelry during sports and gardening.

Nancy doesn't recommend wearing different rings on one finger unless these rings are specially made for this.

When wearing bracelets and watches together, keep in mind that more scratches may occur.

Avoid interaction with chemicals. Some everyday chemical combinations can be harsh on gold and silver.
Due to these chemical reactions, It's always a good idea to remove your jewelry when cleaning, applying make up, lotions, hairspray, or perfume.
Make sure you remove your jewelry when changing clothes, as it may cling to fabric and break or rip.
BUT wear it when showering, washing your hands with liquid soap and doing the dishes.Water and soap make the durt soft and easy to remove.




Do you design engagement rings?


Highlights in the collection are the solitaire rings.
Nancy specializes in imple and playful variations on a classic theme.

Engagement rings are symbols of the love, devotion, and fidelity a couple shares. The very shape and design of the ring, however, has additional symbolism that many couples incorporate when they design a ring or select the perfect ring to represent their relationship.




How do I choose a wedding ring?


Choose a golden wedding band to love, cherish and honor your life-long commitment.The ancient message of the ring itself, a circle, with no beginning or end.

The Circle

Engagement rings are ultimately circles of metal, and the circle is a part of very sacred, symbolic geometry. Circles have no beginning and no end and thus represent eternity, renewal, wholeness, and perfection. They are also symbolic of the sun, moon, and planets, bringing together all life just as an engagement ring brings together the lives of two people.


Together...forever.
Gold is the currency of love, the universal, ageless symbol of constancy, purity and everlasting affection. Gold is the unwavering choice for the wedding band, its preciousness central to the marriage ceremony.


Engagement rings, wedding -, relationship and friendship rings should last forever.

"We need to remind couples that the wedding day may be special with all its intricately-planned details, but it is still just one day. Long after the cake has been eaten, the "I do's" are said and done, the details begin to fade from your memory, it is the gold marriage rings that will remain with you as the ultimate symbol of love."

Gold rings are both magical and emotional and we tend to feel naked if we forget to put them on.




How to find the perfect earrings?


Lovely couples.
Still the number two treat, earrings can be worn in so many ways.

Long and dangling drops, geometric, circular or button shapes - take time to find a style that enhances your features and flatters your face shape.




What to keep in mind while selecting jewelry for yourself or your loved ones?


- Whenever you buy jewelry for yourself/your loved ones, always keep your/their personality and preferences in mind.

- When you decide to buy diamond or gemstone jewelry, always evaluate stones on 4Cs criteria.

- You should ensure that stones in your jewelry are properly polished and with perfect symmetry.

- You must ensure that there are no visible blemishes or imperfections on the diamonds, gemstones and on the metal.

- You should also make certain that fasteners, clasps and catches work properly and are secure.




How do I care for my jewelry?


Jewelry requires proper care and treatment for its longevity so that it can even be handed down as heirlooms to future generations without losing their shine and sparkle. Regular cleaning of jewelry is essential to maintain shine and brilliance of jewelry's gemstones and metal. Jewelry gets dirty from various skin and body care products and your skin's natural oils. Even when not wearing them, they collect dust.

You can clean your jewelry by using a soft brush, water and soap or by using readymade jewelry cleaners. You can also take your jewelry to Nancy Aillery for a professional treatment.

Jewelry should be stored individually in a soft cloth pouch or plastic zip-lock bags to make sure they don't scratch eachother. You should not wear jewelry while doing heavy work, housework or gardening.You should avoid coming into contact with chlorine bleach, hair spray or other chemicals.




Do you have men's jewelry?


Jewelry for men

Wedding rings, relation and friendship rings, cufflinks, tie pins, logo and corporate jewelry.
Sport trophies.
These jewelry items require a lot of imagination and specialized expertise.
Nancy Aillery likes to assist you in this tough world.




What's the diffence between a bangle and a bracelet?


Wrist wear is an absolute necessity and no gold jewelry wardrobe is complete without bangles and bracelets. And in case you were confused about what the difference is – bangles are made so that they remain rigid, whereas a bracelet comprises a series of gold links that move when you do. Don't forget the charm bracelet; this old favorite is a highly prized and sought after new must.




Are brooches still in fashion?


Brooches are a more unusual purchase that cannot fail to be noticed if you wear them well. Chic and sophisticated for the evening, business-like for the office or fun and trendy for a party, brooches say a lot about your personality. The beautiful basics – the must-haves for every woman.

Brooches are grateful creations for jewelry designers.They are large, three-dimensional and have no limitation in usage requirements compared to rings and earrings.

Nancy Aillery can fully indulge in these artistic designs.





GIFT VOUCHER

Can I buy a gift voucher/certificate?


Surprise someone with an original gift of their own choice and taste !

Go for a gift voucher and let the lucky person choose a modern painting or unique handmade jewelry creation.

You can buy a gift certificate for any amount.
The unique voucher can be spend at Nancy Aillery's Jewelry Design & Paintings.
You can order the gift through this link : nancy@aillery.be
The gift envelope will be sent to any address as soon as the correct amount appears on our account.





PEARLS

How can you distinguish real from fake pearls?


The best way to distinguish real from fake pearls is by gently moving your teeth on the pearl.
Rough sense means genuine, smooth feeling means FALSE.
Natural pearls, both freshwater and cultured, first feel cold and adapt immediately to your body heat.
An imitation pearl is always at room temperature and lighter in weight.




What's the difference between natural and cultured pearls?


Natural pearls are created by accident by a small intruder ( a grain of sand) in the oyster.
The oyster protects itself against this by encapsulating it with pearl.
A cultured pearl is created in the same way, but the core is inplanted by man. The size of the core and the layer of nacre determines the quality of the parel.A natural pearl has a thicker layer of nacre as a cultured pearl.
However this difference is mostly only seen after cutting the pearl open.
Visually noticeable evidence in real pearls are perfectly pure drilling holes,while it is slightly more rounded with false pearls, immitations also melt a bit during drilling.




How do I care for my pearls?


The following user instructions apply:
• Do not wash, bath or shower
• Do not wear during perspiring labor or effort
• Do not allow contact with cosmetics, perfume or hairspray
• Due to their soft surface don't let pearls come into contact with other jewelry
• After wearing clean with a soft cloth
• Have them professionally checked and threaded once a year
• Wearing them regularly prevents drying out