7ven Layers creates and curates a range of fashion-focused, unique and memorable pieces. Crafted to produce predominately semi-fine jewelry and fashion jewelry. 

When it comes to fine, semi-fine and fashion jewelry, what is the real difference and which is the best? Trick question. They're all a fantastic option and should be considered based on personal factors like budget, trendy-vs-timeless and how much time, energy and money you'd like to contribute to maintenance.

Define Fashion Jewelry 

Fashion jewelry is usually made with predominately base metals and lab-created imitation stones to give you the look of a premium piece, for a fraction of the price. Materials like brass, nickel, copper, aluminum, acrylic, resin, leather, cubic zirconia, diamanté, glass, Swarovski crystals and even gold/silver plated metals also fall under this same category.

Define Semi - Fine Jewelry

Semi-fine jewelry bridges the gap between fine and fashion, often using a small percentage of genuine gold and silver to fill or plate classic fashion jewelry metals like brass. Or, in best case scenarios, sterling silver, which is great for brass and nickel allergies as it is less likely to irritate skin.

Similar to fashion jewelry, semi-fine is often crafted with lab-created or enhanced gemstones and pearls that visually mimic the original at a far lower price point.

Semi-fine and gold plated jewelry requires maintenance to ensure longevity. It shouldn't be worn in water or exposed to excessive moisture and oils. 

Define Gold PVD Coating 

Physical vapor deposition, or PVD, is a process that many jewelry manufacturers now use as an alternative to gold plating. The technique involves  coating metals such as titanium and stainless steel,  “blasting” the gold onto onto it at a high temperature.  PVD coatings are corrosion resistant and up to 10 times thicker than gold plating.

Define Gold Plated Jewelry 

It's essentially where metals like brass and sterling silver are dipped and covered in a fine layer of genuine gold. This is called electroplating. You can expect some natural tarnishing over time with wear, however, cleaning and storing your jewelry correctly will help to minimize this. 

Define Gold Vermeil Jewelry 

Not to be confused with traditional gold plating, vermeil (pronounced ver-may) is a thick layer of 18k solid gold on sterling silver, as opposed to brass. It mimics the look of genuine gold, with a higher quality than fashion jewelry.

Vermeil will naturally tarnish over time, especially when exposed to environmental factors like air pollution, moisture, and items that contain sulfur. Never fear, it's incredibly easy to restore the shine of gold vermeil jewelry. 

Define Rhodium - Plated Jewelry 

Rhodium is the whitest and most precious metal used for jewelry and is often mistaken for silver. Similar to gold-plated, rhodium-plated jewelry is made from a base metal like brass,  copper or sterling silver, then coated in a thin layer of rhodium for extra strength and shrine. Rhodium plating does not scratch, dent, tarnish or corrode and is said to be non-toxic and overall a safer choice for sensitive skin. 

Define 925 Sterling Silver

925 Sterling silver is a lightweight metal made of 92.5% pure silver. It’s highly durable and designed for everyday wear and sensitive skin.