How to Take Care of Your Handmade Jewellery
Your precious jewellery should be treated like any other wardrobe item.
Clothes and shoes must be maintained (washed, new soles, cleaned, repaired
etc). The same goes for jewellery.
White Gold pieces must get a white rhodium layer on when needed, and it is
advised to check locks and clasps of necklaces for firmness. Avoid using
creams, perfumes and other products on top of chains, pearls and stones.
Store it inside somewhere protected, inside the original packaging or a
Diamonds and gemstones tend to get dirty and looking dull. When we take your
piece for repair or cleaning it will come back looking almost as good as new
and ready for another year of use.
Recycled Gold Fine Jewellery
Gold is very rarely sold pure because of how soft it is in its pure form.
Therefore, we use different alloys. An alloy means that the solid recycled gold
is melted together with different metals to control the colour and hardness of
the gold. We only use solid 9ct and 18ct Gold in our collections.
Adriana Chede's silver jewellery is made of .950 silver (in Brazil) and .925 silver
in Europe. Our silver handmade jewellery has either a polished or mat surface.
All silver jewellery is susceptible to oxidation if exposed to sweat, perfume,
hairspray, air pollution and others. Everyday or frequent wear, may speed up
this process. This is particular of items such as, silver rings and silver
bracelets, which have more frequent contact with surfaces.
We recommend your handmade designer jewellery be kept in a safe place,
preferably inside packaging and cleaned after use.
Understanding Your Diamonds
When talking about diamonds there are 4 things to consider.
They are called the 4 c’s : Colour – Cut – Carat – Clarity.
The Diamond Colour
Diamonds come in all kinds of colours naturally, but the white diamond is the
most notorious and desirable - therefore more expensive. Diamond colours
used are white, champagne, yellow, cognac and black.
Brown or black diamonds are not graded. They only have the carat, which is
referring to the weight.
The black diamonds are always colour treated, as they do not occur naturally in
black (actually they do, but it’s so rare they are very expensive).
White diamonds are always graded. The colour G/H is the grading for the small
white diamonds used in Adriana Chede Jewellery, which is considered a very
The Diamond Cut
Cut refers to the shape and cutting method of a diamond. The brilliant cut is
usually used in our collections. A brilliant cut will be round and it means the
diamond has a very specific cut to enhance the reflective shine in it.
If the cut is wrong you can have the most flawless coloured diamond, but it
won’t sparkle and shine as much as a lesser quality diamond. This category is
often ignored, but we value it a lot.
A few of the most often used diamonds are:
The Diamond Carat
Abbreviation ct or just c, this is the weight of a diamond, measured in carats.
As the carat weight of a diamond increases, so does its rarity and therefore its
price. One carat is divided into 100 “points,” so that a diamond of 75 points
weighs 0.75 Ct. The carat-weight of a diamond is the easiest measurement to
Most importantly, two diamonds can be of equal carat-weight, but their value
can differ greatly due to their cut, colour, and clarity.
The Diamond Clarity
Clarity refers to flaws and blemishes inside a diamond. These can be big or so
small that they cannot be seen with the human eye. Adriana Chede Jewellery
uses the quality called S/I – which means Slightly Included. This in practice
means that, there is a tiny spec or specs inside the diamond, but you won’t be
able to see it unless you use a 10x magnifying class.
All coloured gemstones are natural and most of them are supplied from Brazil,
where we support suppliers and lapidaries from small organizations. Our
choices help developing a small community that benefits from our business.
Colours might differ from pictures because of their natural provenience. The
most used gemstones in our collections are Emerald, Sapphire, Tourmalines,
Amethyst, Citrine, Garnet, Topaz and Aquamarine to name a few.
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