Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the difference between 14 Karat and 18 Karat Gold?

Pure Gold or 99.9% pure Gold is also called 24 Karat Gold. However, 24 Karat Gold is often considered too soft to be used to make jewellery, therefore different metal alloys are added to gold to make it harder so that durable jewellery can be manufactured using gold. 18 Karat Gold jewellery is harder than 24 Karat Gold because 6 Karat of other metal alloys are added to it to make it more durable. Similarly, 14 Karat gold is even stronger and more durable than 18 Karat Gold because 10 Karat of other metal alloys are added to it to make it even stronger, however, it is important to understand that as Karatage of Gold decreases, so does its purity and therefore its value. The most commonly used Karatage of Gold Jewellery sold and purchased in North America and Europe is 14 and 18 Karat Gold.

 

What is Sterling Silver?

Sterling silver is an alloy of metals that consists of at least 92.5 percent silver. If the alloy is not composed of at least 92.5 % silver, then it may not be called sterling silver. Sterling silver is also called 925 silver or just 925. The easiest way to find out if a piece of jewellery is made of sterling silver is to look for a small stamp (embossed or engraved) that reads 925 (using a loupe or a magnifying glass). All silver jewellery showcased on the Amna's Inspiration website is Sterling Silver Jewellery. 

 

What is the difference between Rose Gold, White Gold and Yellow Gold?

The true colour of pure 24 Karat gold is yellow; bright , rich yellow. Often different alloys are added to gold to give it a Rose (or Copper) colour or a shiny silver, white colour. However doing this brings the purity of Gold from 24 Karat to 22 Karat, 18 Karat, 14 Karat or even lower and reduces the overall value of Gold as well, however it also increase its overall hardness and durability. Amna's Inspiration offers various jewellery designs in White, Yellow and Rose Gold.

 

What is Gold Plated Jewellery?

Gold plated jewellery is jewellery that is made of Sterling Silver or another metal (possibly Non-Precious), which is coated with a layer of real Gold (often using the method of Electrolysis). Most of the Sterling Silver Jewellery available on the Amna's Inspiration website is either Gold Plated or Rhodium Plated so that the Silver does not oxidise and turn dark. 

 

What is Rhodium/ Rhodium Plating? 

Rhodium is a Noble/ Precious metal of silvery white colour. It is an extremely rare metal and therefore is extremely valuable. Up until 2007, Rhodium was about nine times as expensive as 24 Karat Gold. Currently, it is almost as valuable as Gold. White Gold Jewellery, which initially has a yellowish white colour is plated with Rhodium to give it its shiny, silvery white colour. Most of the Silver Jewellery at Amna's Inspiration is plated with either Gold or Rhodium so that it does not oxidise and turn dark.

 

What is a Push Backing?

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What is an Omega Clip?

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What is a Lobster Lock?

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