At Olmox, using the highest quality materials is the foundation of the artistic work. The pieces are meant to be worn everyday and for years to come. The metals listed below allow for this blend of fine craftsmanship and lifetime use.
Sterling Silver 970
The majority of our pieces are made with sterling silver 970 which is an alloy that contains 97% of silver and 3% of copper, you’ll find a stamp with this number or my logo in some pieces. I personally love to work with this kind of alloy because it allows me to find the right malleability that I need for the filigree technique.
Solid Gold 18k
Solid gold is a precious metal that will maintain its color and value for years. The 18K alloy means it is made up of 75% gold and 25% alloy. This type of gold is referred to as 18k because 18 out of the 24 parts that make up the gold are pure gold. All of our pieces made in solid gold 18K are stamped.
Gold Plated 18K
18k gold plating is layered over the same high quality sterling silver 970 I use for all of my silver pieces. It gives the piece a distinctive brilliance and color of gold but without the price tag. This method is called electroplating, which is the depositing of a minimum of 7 millionths of an inch of gold. The pieces you find at Olmox are between 15 and 20 millionths and are nickel free.
Rose Gold Plated 18k
This look shows a colored gold finish with a pink hue and the addition of copper alloy applied to the base of sterling silver 970. The electroplating process is the same as the gold plated 18K, above.
A process that gives a sterling silver piece a black patina. It gives the jewelry an antique or tarnished look. The process I used consists of taking the clean 970 sterling silver and treating it with a chemical (liver of sulphur), to speed up the tarnishing effect.
So you might ask yourself, "Is oxidized silver real silver?" Yes! It is real silver, but the surface has been intentionally darkened for style and dramatic effect.