Designs  By  Doreen

Hand Crafted  One-of-a-Kind  Museum Quality
Semi-Precious  Jewellery



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Frequently Asked Questions

1) There are several terms used in the descriptions of the jewellery pictured on this web site.
       What do the terms mean?  
        * Bezel:- a thin ribbon of fine silver surrounding a stone, securing it to a sterling
                silver base.
        * Cabochon:- a stone cut for mounting, such as within a bezel. 
        * Corrugated:- folded like corrugated cardboard.
        * Fabricated:- starting with precious metal sheet and/or wire, a composite is produced.
        * Forged:- flattened and patterned by hammering.
        * Fused:- melted with a torch to create interesting forms.
        * Gauge:- a measure of the thickness of metal sheet and wire (the thinner the metal,
                the larger the gauge).
        * Pierced:- cut out, using a very fine saw blade. 
        * Reticulated:- repeatedly heated and cooled, resulting in a textured metal surface.
        * Scrolled:- twisted or bent into interesting shapes.
        * Vugs:- small or medium-sized cavities inside a stone, often lined with crystals such
                as quartz.  Ocean Jasper, for example, frequently shows such cavities when
                the stone is cut and shaped, adding to its colour and beauty. 
2) What does "One-of-a-Kind" mean?
        * One-of-a-kind means that every piece of jewellery I make is unique.  No piece can be
                duplicated exactly but if requested (e.g.  when a piece is already sold) the design could                 be repeated or be very similar, perhaps by using different beads/stones. 
3) What is the difference between "fine" silver and "sterling" silver. 
        * Fine silver is pure (99.9%) silver, and is often alloyed to increase the hardness.
        * Sterling silver is 92.5% silver alloyed with 7.5% copper, and is the alloy most
                often used for jewellery. 
4) What is the difference between "gold plate", "vermeil", and "gold-filled"?
         * Gold Plate is produced by electroplating a microscopic layer of gold onto a
                non-precious base metal.  Jewellery made with gold plate does not wear well.
        * Vermeil has 1/10000 of an inch of gold layered onto a sterling silver base.  This
                is about 50 times the gold thickness on plate, so jewellery made with vermeil
                wears better than with gold plate.
        * Gold-filled is produced by a heat and pressure bonding of a layer of 12K or 14K gold
                to a brass core.  A 1/20 notation would mean that the gold layer is 1/20 of the
                core thickness.  The gold layer in gold-filled jewellery is much thicker than for
                either gold plate or vermeil, and thus wears very well. 
5) What care is recommended for silver jewellery?
        * Sterling silver will tarnish over time but this can be considerably delayed by storing
                the jewellery in an anti-tarnish bag (provided with each piece).  If an item comes
                into contact with salt, vinegar, alcohol, cream-of-tartar or sulphur, rinse it
                thoroughly and dry it well.  Tarnish can be removed with a soft polish cloth or
                Hagerty Polish.
6) What is the cost of Designs by Doreen jewellery?
        * The price of each piece varies and depends upon the type, amount and cost of precious
                metal, the cost of beads and stones used, fabrication time, and the design/style/quality
                of the finished piece.   For more specific information please email me at



Frequently Asked Questions