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Dear jewelry industry, we need to talk. You have changed...

Due to rising gold prices and fast-moving fashion trends, the demand for gold-plated jewelry has increased dramatically in recent years. This fashion jewelry is usually made of non-precious metals such as stainless steel, aluminum or brass, which are gold-plated with the help of electricity or chemicals. The gold layer is sometimes less than a micron thin. A micron is just one thousandth of a millimeter. Depending on how it is cared for, gold-plated costume jewelry loses its gold layer after just half a year. This is because, over time, the molecules of the metal penetrate the thin gold layer, decompose it and cause the jewelry to tarnish, discolor on the skin and wear away the gold plating. All that glitters is not made of gold. Unfortunately, it also often happens that imitation gold is used instead of real gold, because gold can trade for up to 50.000 € a kilo. Combining 75% copper and 25% zinc, the material you get is tombac, which is almost similar to gold. Fashion jewelry is therefore the choice for new trends and if it is to be worn only for a short time. However, these factors are anything but sustainable.

In addition, fashion jewelry causes contact allergies, which can be triggered by high levels of harmful heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and nickel. These can damage the nervous system, lead to infertility, deposit in organs and be carcinogenic. Many jewelry suppliers erroneously advertise "nickel-free" jewelry. In fact, the addition of nickel has the positive property of making the metal more resistant and protecting it from rust. Even "surgical steel" can contain up to 14% nickel. This is fine as long as the specified limits under the "REACH" (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) EU chemicals regulation are met.

Through GEMLY & Co. I have made it my mission to produce my own designed jewelry sustainably and entirely according to my requirements in compliance with the highest quality and health standards. Because my gemstone jewelry should accompany you in the form of a talisman as long as possible in all phases of life and strengthen without losing its beauty.
The biggest difference to usually gold-plated jewelry is that GEMLY & Co. uses only sustainable gemstones as well as recycled precious metals such as silver in a 4 micron thick 18 karat gold layer and thus may be called vermeil. Vermeil? Pronounced [ver-may], it is a gilding technique used by the French since 1700.

Jewelry may only be called vermeil if it meets the following conditions:
- Only 925 sterling silver or fine silver as the base material
- At least 10 karat gold
- And at least a 2.5 micron thick gold layer

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925 Sterling Silver
18 Karat Gold
Jewelry Manufacturing