Georgina Ettridge - Designer Jewellery - FAQ: Information
Georgina Ettridge - Designer Jewellery - Handmade Jewellery Inspired by Nature


INFORMATION - Frequently Asked Questions


Presentation / P&P

Metals Info
Hallmarks
Statement
Ordering Info
   PRESENTATION AND P&P                                                                             ^ Back to Top ^


Presentation BoxesHow will my jewellery be presented?

Each piece of jewellery is presented in its own 'Georgina Ettridge' branded gift box and supplied in a gift bag and tissue paper.

Enclosed with my compliments is a mini jewellery care cloth and photocard statement about the work.



P&P and Delivery:
All orders are delivered by insured and signed for postage, in a protective, damage proof mailing box.

Further detailed information on UK and International postage and delivery can be found on the How to Order page.



   METALS - Sterling Silver, 9ct Gold & 18ct Gold                                                   ^ Back to Top ^


What is Sterling Silver (925) ?
Sterling silver is a worldwide recognized form of precious metal. The fineness of the precious metal content of jewellery and silverware is expressed in parts per thousand. Sterling Silver items are hallmarked 925 to indicate it contains 92.5% silver. It is inadvisable to create jewellery from pure silver as it would be too soft for jewellery and is therefore alloyed (mixed) with copper to make it durable.


What is 9ct Gold (375) ?
9ct Gold is the most commonly used carat of gold in the UK. The carat refers to the purity of the gold. The fineness of the precious metal content of is expressed in parts per thousand. 9ct Gold items are hallmarked 375 to indicate that its gold content is 37.5%.

It is inadvisable to create jewellery from a 100% gold as it would be too soft to be durable. It has to be alloyed (mixed) with other metals such as silver, copper and zinc for it to be durable. The ratio of the alloys used also determines the colour of the metal. For example, a higher proportion of silver is alloyed to the gold to achieve white gold.


What is 18ct Gold (750) ?
18ct Gold is used for fine jewellery. The carat refers to the purity of the gold. The fineness of the precious metal content of is expressed in 24ths. 18ct Gold items are hallmarked 750 to indicate that its gold content is 75%.

It is inadvisable to create jewellery from a 100% gold as it would be too soft to be durable. It has to be alloyed (mixed) with other metals such as silver, copper and palladium to alter its properties, strength and colour. The ratio of the alloys used also determines the colour of the metal. For example, a mixture of palladium and silver is alloyed with the gold to achieve white gold.



   HALLMARKS                                                                                                     ^ Back to Top ^


What is a Hallmark?
A hallmark is an independent worldwide respected guarantee of the fineness and quality of the metal. It comprises of a series of marks applied articles of gold, silver and platinum articles. It indicates that the article has been independently tested at an Assay Office and guarantees that it conforms to the legal standards of precious metal content, known as the fineness.hallmarking

Hallmarks on my pieces indicate the facts:

1. Who made the article - the initials of the maker (GE)
2. Where it was made - the Lion to indicate it is a British made piece
3. What the metal is, and its purity - the fineness mark (example; 925 - for sterling silver)
4. Where it was tested (Assayed) and marked - the Assay Office mark.(London - Leopard's Head Mark)
5. When was it stamped - The date letter signifies this (example; 'f' for 2005).

The majority of my work is hallmarked, with the exception of some smaller items such as earrings which weigh under 7.8 grams which is the maximum legal limit for unhallmarked pieces and/or pieces that are exempted because hallmarking would damage the design. If you have any questions to whether a piece is hallmarked, please contact me me.

For further information please visit www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk



   STATEMENT                                                                                                       ^ Back to Top ^


Distinctive handcrafted precious metal jewellery inspired by nature, created for special occasions as well as everyday wear. I individually design and handcraft each piece of jewellery. I pride myself on high quality craftsmanship, uniqueness of design and a personal friendly service.

For further information about my work, inspirations and background, please view the home page and about the workpages of the website.


   ORDERING INFORMATION                                                                             ^ Back to Top ^


Full details of how to order, methods of payment, P&P and delivery timescales can be found on the How to Order page.


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INFORMATION PAGES

Sizing Information - Chain Lengths, Ring Sizing, Bangle Sizing & Earring Fixings

Testimonials - What the Customer Think - What the customers think

Commissions - Personalised jewellery made especailly for you! - Personalised jewellery made especially for you!

Wedding Jewellery Information Page - Information on wedding jewellery for the bride, groom and wedding party

Jewellery Care Page - Information page

How to Order Information Page - Ways of placing an order, methods of payment, P&P and delivery timescales



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