Ethics & Sustainability

Ethics & Sustainability

The gold and silver that I offer is sourced from an American refinery that is working towards sustainable practices by producing their metal from recycled sources. By sourcing this material there is no need for new mining to happen, and I can be assured that I am providing my customers with a more ethical and environmental source for their jewellery.

I offer environmentally responsible silver and gold metals in all of my collections.

In my own studio, I have always taken extra efforts to create a healthy environment and reduce my use of chemicals and toxins by using safer alternatives. I am happy to extend these philosophies to all the silver and gold I use in creating my jewellery.

January 01, 2017 by Chayle Cook

What is Sterling Silver made from?

Sterling Silver is an alloy of 92.5% pure silver. It is used in jewellery because of it's beautiful white colour and workable malleability. Silver will tarnish over time, however the alloy I use is a new low tarnishing variety.

* Sustainably sourced.

March 04, 2015 by Chayle Cook

What is Gold-Fill?


I am introducing a beautiful material called Gold-Fill to my collections. With it's luscious real gold layers, it is an exciting alternative for gold lovers!

Gold-Fill is extremely durable and long lasting. The metal is fused with a thick sheet of real 14K gold and then heat rolled into shape. The final thickness is so durable that I am able to hammer and polish the jewellery as though it were solid gold.

Also known as “rolled-gold”, Gold-Fill is a thick (20%) layer of 14K gold fused onto silver. It should not be confused with gold-plating. It is a durable and long-lasting material that can be hammered and soldered without any damage or change to the gold! Gold-Fill is an economical alternative from karat gold and is superior in durability in comparison to gold-plated jewellery.

 

* Sustainably sourced.

The gold and silver that I offer is sourced from an American refinery that is working towards sustainable practices by producing their metal from 100% recycled sources. By sourcing this material there is no need for new mining to happen, and I can be assured that I am providing my customers with a more ethical and environmental source for their jewellery.

 

March 04, 2015 by Chayle Cook
Tags: Metals

What are Gold karats and colours?

 

 

Gold is a beautiful and long lasting metal that has been used since ancient times and still stands as a symbol of quality and wealth.

 

Karat

Gold is marked by its “karat”. This refers to the quantity of pure gold that is in each gram. For example, 24K is pure gold and 14K is 14 parts of pure gold in every 24 grams of metal.

 

Colour

All pure gold is a yellow colour, but by alloying gold with other metals we can create different colours.

Yellow Gold – silver & copper
Rose Gold – copper
White Gold – palladium, platinum

 

* Sustainably sourced Gold.

 

March 04, 2015 by Chayle Cook
Tags: Metals

What is Turquoise Patina Copper?

The Turquoise Patina I use is a hand-made natural patina on Copper. The colour is produced from the reaction between the copper jewellery and the vapours of sea salts and ammonias (like vinegar). The effect is similar to the green copper roofs on the parliament buildings in Ottawa, or the blue copper on the buildings by the ocean in Nova Scotia.

Additionally I buff on a thin layer of conservator’s wax to add additional gloss and protection.

**This patina should avoid soap, water, and chemicals to maintain its dramatic colour.

 

March 04, 2015 by Chayle Cook
Tags: Metals

What is Red Patina Copper?

Red patina on copper is the most durable patina that can be done on copper. It is a heat-treatment patina where the copper jewellery is heated to temperature and then quenched in cold water. This captures the bold and long-lasting red colour.

Additionally I buff on a thin layer of conservator’s wax to add gloss and protection.

**This patina should avoid soap, water, and chemicals to maintain its dramatic colour.

 

March 04, 2015 by Chayle Cook

What is Black Patina Silver?

Black silver is a patina that creates a dark tarnish over the surface of the silver. I use this patina for a dark dramatic look or to emphasize line engravings and patterns done into silver. It is a great option for men's jewellery as there is no need for polishing and cleaning after purchase and it gives a edgy alternative look.

Additionally, I will buff on a thin layer of conservator’s wax to add additional gloss and protection to fully black surfaces.

**This patina should avoid soap, water, and chemicals to maintain its dramatic colour.

* Sustainably sourced silver.

 

March 04, 2015 by Chayle Cook