JEWELRY FAQ

To answer all the questions you always asked for

JEWELRY FAQ

To answer all the questions you always asked for
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Gold-filled or gold-plated: what's the difference?

We use the terms "gold-filled" or "gold-plated" to describe metal jewelry dipped in a gold bath. Microns correspond to the time the piece has spent in the bath, and consequently the thickness of the gold layer on the jewelry. From 3 microns on, we use the term "gold-filled", and below that, we use the term "gold-plated" or "dipped in gold". But unfortunately there is no difference in name for a piece with 0,001 micron or 1 micron, which can be confusing for the layman.

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All our jewelry is guaranteed with a minimum of 1 micron of 18K gold. We test the gold-plating of every piece. Depending on the model, the plating can go from 1 micron to 3 microns for pieces needing a longer bath for the gold to adhere to the entire surface of the jewelry

Can I wear a gold-plated jewelry when taking a shower?

Chemicals like soap or perfume for exemple, can be damaging to gold-plating. Some pieces may tarnish very quickly, depending on the quality of the gold-plating and the quantities of microns applied on the piece.

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We use the latest technological advances from Germany to guarantee a minimum of 1 micron and ensure good quality gold-plating. You can wear your jewelry on a daily basis and it won't tarnish, however, after some time, the plating will become less saturated and shiny if you compare it to a new piece. To keep your jewelry shiny for a long time, refrain from wearing it in the water or during a workout, put it on last as to avoid contact with chemicals, and store it separately in our specially-made bags.

You use brass for some designs: why?

Brass is a metal known for its flexibility, which is a great quality for jewelry-making. It allows specific models of rings or bangles to adjust perfectly to different sizes. Another plus with brass: its natural color is quite close to gold.

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We use high-quality brass, allowing us to create bangles and rings that can fit many sizes. Then we put it in a gold bath to get a minimum of 1 micron plating.

How is my piece of jewelry manufactured?

It is a good question to ask at a time when people are trying to have better consumption habits. Creating a piece of jewelry starts with a sketch, then it goes through several steps that all require traditional craftsmanship: making the mold, handpicking and carving the stone, setting it... Miles away from simply assembling pieces, jewelry-making requires creativity, skills and precision. But in France, a lot of designers go the simple route and simply gather existing pieces together to assemble them; which is why we regularly have a déjà vu feeling when looking at collections from one designer to another.

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All our pieces are designed by Laura. It all starts with a sketch that becomes a 3D image. We then make a mold for each piece of jewelry to create the metal structure, which is then polished. Once this is done, we pick, carve and set the stone by hand, before finally reaching the capable hands of our quality control team. Once the proof is approved, our jewelry is handmade in our Jaipur workshops in very small batches and in tight collaboration with our craftsmen. Everything is handmade following traditional and ancestral techniques, since India is a historical reference when it comes to jewelry. From melting to carving to final touches, like our brand signature bead or gold foil, each step is perfectly mastered.

What is the real value of my jewelry? What's behind its price?

There are a lot of different prices on the jewelry market. You have to take into account the price of gold-plating, raw materials as well as the workforce depending on the techniques you use. Then, you have to add marketing and operational costs, as well as the margin you make, which is where the brand earns some money.

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Creating a real piece of jewelry requires a lot of work: the designer's work, sample development in our workshops, the cost of high-quality raw materials, hours of craftsmanship (no welding or assembly process with us!), some marketing for you to get to know us and an efficient service with a customer friendly website and a caring customer service. With reasonable margins, we are proud to offer you high-quality and handcrafted jewelry, with a fair price.

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How do I recognize a real moonstone?

Also called "hecatolite", we love this iridescent white and sometimes blue stone with delicate marbling. A real moonstone should have a bright and textured color. This luminous aspect is called adularescence. It is the reflection of color "sliding" over the stone depending of the angle and the light (white, grey, blue, golden, green or pink). The 4 major criteria to recognize a real stone are usually its color, the number of carats, its purity and its size.

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We handpick all of our stones from India, where it comes from and is handcrafted. Each stone is unique and guaranteed authentic. Traditional craftsmanship allows its features to shine, including the adularescence we so love.

How should I take care of my jewelry?

You should avoid putting your jewelry in contact with chemicals: soap, perfume and cleaning products can damage the plating on your jewelry. We recommend you to store your jewelry in separated pouches instead of all together, and to clean them regularly with a soft tissue. To preserve the beauty of the stone, avoid any impact on your jewelry.

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We take extra care to make sure your jewelry can last as long as possible. And for you to store them properly, each of our jewelry is sent in a small box and comes with a suede bag.

Why India is so famous on the jewelry market?

India is particularly well-know in the jewelry industry because of the quality of its raw materials and the great diversity of precious and semi-precious gemstones that can be found there. A true jewelry country, they nurture their exceptional traditional craftsmanship and pass it down from one generation to the next. Jewelry is part of the country's culture and tradition, and both men and women wear it daily. And they can also be a source of inspiration for our designs!

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Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted in our workshops, in Jaipur. We guarantee high-quality materials, unique techniques and traditional craftsmanship.

I don't know my ring size. How can I do?

You have two options: choosing an adjustable ring which will adapt to your finger... or measuring your size yourself. Cut out a strip of paper (make sure it's long enough), wrap it around the finger you want to wear the ring on without tightening it too much, and draw the line of your size on the paper. Then, measure the length and refer to a size converter. Sizes (52, 56...) are indicated in millimeters.

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To make it easier for you, we created a virtual sizing guide and converter, so you can make the right choice and avoid mistakes.

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GEMSTONES
You recognized a gemstone thanks to its ability to change its color depending of the light.
Origin
India, Australia, Burman, Brazil, United-States, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Tanzania
Group
Feldspar
How to recognize it
With its transparency, its veined aspect and its reflections, from white to blue shades
Colors
White as dominante color, with blue reflections
Luminescence
Transparence and blue "surfing" effect on the surface
Properties
Stone of the Roman goddess of the moon, Diana, moonstone helps opening to others and provides well-being, happiness and luck. It's known to bring soulmates together and to help finding true love.
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Origin
India, Australia, Canade, United States, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine
Group
Plagioclase feldspar
How to recognize it
Thanks to its metallic shades and its veined texture
Colors
Blue, green, grey
Luminescence
Metallic blue "surfing" reflections
Properties
It absorbs negative vibes and has healing virtues. True ally for doctors for example, it helps to protect yourself against others' unease.
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Origin
India, Australia, Philippines, Indonesia, Madagascar
Group
Calcium carbonate
How to recognize it
With its milky white aspect with iridescent reflections
Colors
Iridescent white, blue-green reflections
Luminescence
Blue, pink or yellow fluorescence
Properties
Often called "Opal from the sea", mother of pearl calms down your mood and is a warranty of well-being. By helping to be more open-minded, it helps get ride of an excessive mood.
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Origin
India, South Africa, Brazil, Colorado, Russia
Group
Feldsspar
How to recognize it
With its perthitique texture - inclusion of strips or irregular overlapping of another mineral
Colors
Green, blue-green, from translucent to opaque
Luminescence
From translucent to opaque
Properties
Named after the Amazon, it's the symbol of calm and tenderness. Stone of communication and harmony, it helps you to communicate easily and stimulates positive feelings.
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Origin
India, South Africa, United-States, Madagascar, Russia
Group
Microcrystalline quartz
How to recognize it
With its glassy brightness, highlighting its sharp green shade
Colors
Pur green, dark green
Luminescence
Translucent
Properties
It enhances self-confidence. It also enhances softness and compassion by reducing jealousy and negative feelings.
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Origin
India, Afghanistan, China, United-States, Iran, Israel, Mexico
Group
Alumina phosphate
How to recognize it
With its dark veins, its green shades and sometimes, an inclusion of pyrite
Colors
Blue, azure, black veins
Luminescence
Semi opaque
Properties
Litterally "Turkish stone", turquoise is well-known for its healing and soothing virtues. It stimulates self-fulfilment and helps to calm down.
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Origin
India, Brazil, United-States, Madagascar, Mexico, Uruguay
Group
Chalcedony
How to recognize it
With its pur and smooth green color, due to its structure
Colors
Pur green, dark green
Luminescence
From translucent to opaque
Properties
Symbol of stability, Green Onyx enhances harmony of your heart. Stone of balance, it brings strength and courage in your daily life.
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Origin
India, Brazil, Russia
Group
Quartzite
How to recognize it
Thanks to the inclusions, giving it its special shiny effect
Colors
Soft green, brown-green, blue-green
Luminescence
Transparancy with visible inclusions
Properties
Aventurine enhances creativity and determination. It also helps to work on your patience and dedication. Its texture and bright color give a strong identity to your jewelry.
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Origin
India, Brazil, United-States, Madagascar, Mexico, Uruguay
Group
Chalcedony
How to recognize it
Thanks to its darker stratums, giving its special textured aspect
Colors
Black with black and grey stratums
Luminescence
Opaque
Properties
Textured Onyx enhances balance and self-control. It also helps to protect against life contingencies.
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Origin
India, Austria, Cambodia, Kenya, Madagascar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania
Group
Silicate - corundum
How to recognize it
With its deep green color containing inclusions of ruby, giving it its most special texture
Colors
Black, green, purple scales
Luminescence
From opaque to transparent - perly aspect
Properties
Anyolite enhances acceptance and change. It helps to get the perfect balance between power and justice, strength and softness.
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Origin
India, Spain, Italy, Peru
Group
Sulphide and sulfoner
How to recognize it
Thanks to its light metallic aspect and franc breaks, giving the stone its smoky black color
Colors
Black, pale gold
Luminescence
Metallic and shiny aspect
Properties
Pyrite stimulates memory and enhances organization by helping you to handle several situations at a time. It also helps to relieve from emotional stress.
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Origin
India, Burman, Brazil, United-States, Madagascar
Group
Hewagonal phosphate
How to recognize it
With its often blue-green color, due to its composition - initially, colourless stone
Colors
Colourless, yellow, blue, green, purple, red, brown-red
Luminescence
Opaque
Properties
Apatite has healing properties and enhances communication, especially in a group by helping to express your thoughts clearly.
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Origin
Inde, Brésil, Madagascar, Mexique, Uruguay
Group
Silicate
How to recognize it
With its pink and transparent shade, with sometimes some veins inside the stone
Colors
Pink, pale pink
Luminescence
From transparent to translucent - iridescent effect
Properties
Symbol of love, it brings confidence and a feeling of safety, leading to a soft communication with others.
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Origin
India, Brazil, Madagascar, Mexico, Uruguay
Group
Silicate
How to recognize it
With its darker color than pink quartz and tiny darker inclusions
Colors
Pink, black veins
Luminescence
From transparent to translucent - iridescent effect
Properties
Symbol of resistance, Strawberry Quartz enhances kindness, tenderness and helps to relax.
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Origin
India, Austria, Afghanistan, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Czechoslovakia
Group
Garnet
How to recognize it
With its deep red/brown color, due to the presence of iron in its composition
Colors
Red, brown, sometimes purple
Luminescence
From transparent to translucent
Properties
Symbol of strength, Garnet enhances energy vibes and stimulates vitality.
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Origin
India, South Africa, Australia, Burman, Brazil, United-States, Madagascar, Russia
Group
Quartzide
How to recognize it
Thanks to its lighter inclusions, reminding the eye of a tiger
Colors
Brown, golden yellow
Luminescence
Shimmering effect with its inclusions
Properties
Eye of the tiger was often used as a protection symbol against evil eye. It protects and keeps negative energies away and helps to stay away from negative influence.
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PRECIOUS STONES
It is an historical naming for the 4 gems: diamond, sapphire, ruby and emerald. To be called so, the gems must be natural, have a certain hardness and beauty. Thus, they are pretty rare.
Origin
India, Australia, Burman, Sri Lanka, Thailand
Group
Oxide - corundum
How to recognize it
With its deep blue shade, even deeper when coming from Indian deposits
Colors
Midnight blue with possible shades of yellow, orange, purple, green
Luminescence
Shimmering effect, translucent aspect
Properties
Symbol of wisdom and harmony, sapphire symbolizes justice and balance.
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Origin
India, Australia, Burman, Sri Lanka, Thailand
Group
Beryl
How to recognize it
With its deep green color due to its structure of rare stone
Colors
Blue-green, sustained green, light or dark
Luminescence
From semi-transparent to opaque
Properties
With its sustained color, emerald enhances harmony in relationships and stimulates compassion and kindness.
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