Lily Blanche jewellery is made in the first instance from solid sterling silver. This means that it is 92.5% pure silver. This is the base for all of our designs. Our lockets are tested and hallmarked in Edinburgh by the Assay Office with a full UK hallmark. You can see our hallmark here
What is Vermeil?
When we use gold in our jewellery, it is 18 carat gold vermeil. Vermeil jewellery, pronounced ver-may, is a traditional French technique passed down by jewellers through the centuries. In vermeil, a thick covering of gold – more than 7 times the thickness of regular gold plate - is applied to another precious metal, in this case, sterling silver.
How does Vermeil differ from gold plate?
Vermeil jewellery differs from gold-plated jewellery because it is made wholly of precious metal and because of the carat and quantity of gold used. Vermeil is one of the hottest luxury jewellery trends right now. It is a far superior product than gold plated or gold filled jewellery, both of which usually contain base metals and cannot be hallmarked.
We use vermeil in our jewellery to give us flexibility in our designs and to allow us to make precious pieces using high-quality materials which are still affordable. Because many of our designs are based on vintage pieces, we use much more precious metal in our lockets, necklaces and bracelets than most modern jewellers, who mainly specialise in small, lightweight pieces. With the gold price fluctuating dramatically - it is currently over $1750 a troy ounce - vermeil gives you the best possible quality for the lowest cost, making it the best value jewellery on the market and a must for those looking for affordable luxury.
Will Vermeil Jewellery Wear Out?
We use a high quantity and quality of gold in our gold jewellery so with good care, your jewellery should keep well. The industry standard for vermeil jewellery and the legal definition of vermeil in the USA is 10 carats of gold and a thickness of 2.5 microns. This may not sound much but when you consider that flash plated gold can be as little as 0.25 microns, you will understand the quality of this premium gold finish.
At Lily Blanche we exceed the industry standard. Our vermeil jewellery is specified at 18 carats with a minimum of 3 microns. For this reason, when cared for properly, our gold finishes are made to last. We recommend storing our vermeil jewellery in our Intercept anti-tarnish pouches and treating them with care for best results. The quality and durability of our vermeil jewellery, whether, gold, rose gold or white gold vermeil is prized by our customers, many of whom have built collections of our bestselling lockets, necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. However, items which are worn continuously over time, may show some silvering, particularly if the jewellery rubs against coarse fabric or other metals. This does not diminish the jewellery and adds a vintage feel as the jewellery takes on the patina and life of the wearer over time.
Vermeil jewellery can be a great and affordable alternative to solid gold. It is also an excellent pick if you have allergies to metals because the base is sterling silver - a pure metal. It is certainly to be considered when you are upgrading your jewellery box.
Our gemstones are real gemstones unless otherwise stated and our pearls are real freshwater, cultured pearls from a sustainable source. Our gemstones are sourced ethically and cut for us by trained gemstone cutters with whom we have a close relationship. The gemstones in our Birthstone collection are 4 to 5 carats in weight, ethically sourced and handcut but a small family of gemstone cutters who have been working wth us for years.