Illusion Jewelry

Illusion jewelry, sometimes called floating jewelry, is a beautiful new trend popular in formalwear. It gives the appearance that beads are “floating” around your neck, at your wrist, at your ears, or in your hair on a clear or thin metal strand.

Wonderful Illusion Jewelry

In illusion jewelry, beads are spaced along stringing material and held in place with either glue or crimps. Often glue is used in factory produced glass pearl multi strand pieces. Handmade floating jewelry most often uses crimps. Crimps are tiny hollow metal beads or tubes that are fastened onto the stringing material by crushing them with pliers. This holds the crimp to the stringing material, a bead, or multiple beads are strung, then a second crimp is strung and crimped to the stringing material to hold the loose beads in place.

Stringing Materials

There are several types of stringing materials that can be used in creating the illusion. These include monofilament, multi strand stringing wire, and beading chain.

Monofilament illusion cord is a single filament stringing material, similar in appearance to fishing line, except that it is not tinted but is crystal clear. It is threaded thorugh beads and attached together at the ends with crimps and a clasp. It comes in varying sizes of thickness and quality. The thicker the monofilament, the stronger is it.

Beading chain is just what it sounds like. It is a super fine chain, less than 1mm in diameter. The “upside” of beading chain is that it is manufactured in solid sterling silver or 14K gold fill. The “downside” of beading chain is that is has , compared to its stringing counterparts, minimal strength. It can break and or weaken under a crimp.

Multi strand stringing wire is basically a metal cable of ultra fine wires twisted together, then coated with a super thin layer of protection, flexibility, and added kink-resistance and tactile softness. It is a perfect choice for illusion jewelry in strength, durability and attractiveness.

About Multi-Strand Stringing Wire

Stringing wire comes in several qualities: 7 strand, 19 strand and 49 strand. It is important to understand the difference between qualities of stringing wire and which quality a jewelry is using before buying. Simply put, the higher the number of strands in the wire, the more flexible and kink-resistant it is. The nature or wire is to “kink”, or form a permanent angle when bent, that ruins the jewelry for wear.

7 strand wire is stiff and kinks very easily. It is inexpensive, but not suitable for quality illusion jewelry.

19 strand is commonly used in illusion wire jewelry, it is much more flexible than 7 strand, but be warned, it is still pretty easily kinked.

49 strand is far more costly, but is extremely flexible and much more kink-resistant lending suppleness and durability to the jewelry.

Multi strand stringing wire comes in base metal, silver and 14k gold plate and sterling silver. The base metal colors and inexpensive and can be nice for costume jewelry, but lack the richness and luster of genuine silver and gold. The sterling silver option is beautiful and lustrous, but as silver is a very soft metal, it lacks real strength. The silver and 24k gold plate options have a steel core for real strength and durability with the gorgeous luster of genuine silver and gold. They perfectly compliment sterling silver and genuine gold jewelry. In fact, the silver plate option is identical in appearance to the solid sterling silver option at a fraction of the cost to you, the buyer. The nylon coating protects and seals the silver plate making it extremely wear resistant and an excellent choice for illusion jewelry.

About Crimps

There are two types of crimps. Crimp tubes are straight-sided cylinder tubes. When tubes are flattened to a stringing material they leave a sharp pointed edge. To keep these from snagging clothing or skin they must be shaped with a special tool that bend the edges in. While effective in “taking the edge off” it looses some appeal in attractiveness. Crimp beads are rounded and can either be flattened to the stringing material to create nicely finished ends without sharp 90-degree corners.

Crimps come in varying sizes, from the ultra fine “0” at a 1.3mm diameter to the large “3” at a 3mm diameter. The smaller the crimp size, the less intrusive to the floating illusion.

Crimps are manufactured in base metal, silver and 24K gold plate, sterling silver and 14k gold fill. Not all sizes of crimp bead are available in all materials. The finest size “0” crimps are not manufactued in sterling silver or solid gold fill. However, silver plate and 24k gold plate crimps are an excellent match to their stringing material counterparts in quality and apprearance.

What Materials Go Into Our Illusion Jewelry?
At Perfect Match bridal Jewelry we are committed to creating affordable quality jewelry for you, the buyer, with the highest standards in craftsmanship. To that end we use excellent quality materials.

Beadalon sets the industry standard for quality in illusion jewelry materials. Perfect Match Bridal Jewelry uses Beadalon’s best quality products exclusively for our stringing materials and crimps.

Stringing Materials used by perfect Match Bridal Jewelry include Beadalon Supplemax monofilament, 49 strand silver plated wire, and 49 strand 24k gold plated wire.

Crimps used in our jewelry are the finest size “0” rounded crimp beads in silver and 24k gold plate to perfectly compliment our 49 strand wire and sterling silver and gold fill clasps and earring components.

How to Clean and Store Your Illusion Jewelry

Cleaning JewelryIllusion jewelry should be cleaned with a soft cloth with warm water and dish soap or a polishing cloth such as a Sunshine Polishing Cloth (can be purchased at a local bead store or online). Do not soak multi strand stringing wire in chemical tarnish cleaners as they may adversely effect the nylon coating. If tarnish builds on clasps or other incorporated findings a polishing cloth is the preferred method of removal. If it is light tarnish good old fashioned toothpaste(not gel)and a toothbrush are a good, mild tarnish remover.

Illusion jewelry should be stored clasped and hanging freely or flat with no weight on it. Placing a heavy object on illusion jewelry can cause kinking. Never throw it in a bag and go. To transport necklaces coil them in no smaller than a 3″ diameter coil, then place in a jewelry packaging(gift) box. Necklaces and bracelets should be clasped closed when storing or transporting. Earrings can be stored in a jewelry packaging box or zip lock jewelry bag, but to avoid kinking or creating unwanted small curves in the wire be certain they are not crowded next to or under other jewelry.

It Pays to Know Before you Buy

Before purchasing illusion jewelry it pays to know what materials are being used. The quality of materials the jeweler chooses to implement will greatly effect your experience and satisfaction with your purchase. If a jewelry is not openly advertising the specifics of their materials it is best not to make assumtions. A quick email or phone call to enquire about materials specifics is worth making.

Often illusion jewelry is purchased for a special occasion or to coordinate with a special ensemble and getting it the way you want it is important. You, the buyer deserve the security of knowing that your jewelry will be well crafted, comfortable, easy to wear, durable, and beautiful.
Interested in finding that perfect illusion jewelry for your special day? Click this link to view our jewelry collections.

Gold Jewelry Explained

Whether you are shopping for gold wedding jewelry or that special gold piece for everyday wear, I hope this little synopsis will be of help in making the best gold buying decisions for you.

All kinds of Silver Jewelry

There are a multitude of processes for using metals in jewelry. It is no wonder that the average person may not understand the difference between types of gold. Unless you are a real jewelry aficionado or a student of jewelry design you may be somewhat in the dark. When shopping the jewelry scene you will see a spectrum of products that include genuine gold. If you are buying, it is good to have a basic idea of how much actual gold is used in a piece and how it is applied so you can better estimate its intrinsic value and wearability. Here is a quick layman’s guide to gold in jewelry.

Gold in Karats

Pure gold is very soft. It easy to bend, dent, or convolute. Because of its softness we often add a stronger metal to gold to make it more practical for use. Gold is measured in karats, and is always measured on a scale of 24. A piece of 24 karat gold is pure–it contains no other metal. The advantage of this is in its value (presently at over $1100 an ounce) and pure yellow gold color. The drawback, as stated previously is that is has little strength and must be treated with kidd gloves.

When gold is blended with other metals such as silver, copper, and nickel, we get gold alloys. 18K gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts other metal. 14K gold contains 14 parts gold and 10 parts other metals. 10K gold contains 10 parts gold and 14 parts other metals. In the United States an alloy must be at minimum 10karat, or 10 parts gold, in order to be considered genuine gold. The advantage of a gold alloy is in its durability. Generally the higher the alloy content, the stronger it is likely to be. The drawback is that it has less intrinsic value and the color is less pure.

Gold Filled

Next is “gold filled” or sometimes referred to as “Rolled Gold”. This should not be confused with gold plating (though that is often the case), which will be explained later in this article. The name Gold filled is actually quite misleading. It sounds and though another metal is “filled in” with gold. Actually it is just the reverse. A core of semi precious metal – often brass or silver, is permanently bonded with extreme heat and pressure to create a thick outer layer of gold. Any karat value of gold can be used and the piece. The advantages of gold filled jewelry are that you get a look identical to solid gold that cannot flake off, added strength and durability, and it can be purchased at a fraction of the price. By law the layer of karated gold has to be at least 1/20 of the total weight of the metal portion of the piece of jewelry, whereas there is no legal requirement for gold plating. There is an average of 100 times more gold in gold fill than in gold plating. Gold fill is an excellent choice ofr gold wedding jewelry.

For more information go and check out http://www.goldprospectors.org/ or the World Gold Council

Gold Plating

Gold PlatingGold plating, sometimes called gold dipped, is a method of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal, most often copper or silver, by using chemicals or chemicals and electricity. The advantage of gold plating is that you can get a gold look very inexpensively. The drawbacks are that is has minimal durability.The base metal can in time (months to years) begin to diffuse into the gold layer, causing slow gradual fading of its color and eventually causing tarnishing of the surface. If your gold wedding jewelry will be used specifically for the big day or for special occasion use, plating is usually fine, however it is not recommened for everyday wear jewelry.

Gold Leaf

Gold leaf is an alloy of 22 carats gold and 2 carats silver, beaten by machine to a thinness of 1/8000 mm to 1/10,000 of an inch to create super thin sheets of real gold foil. This foil can be applied to jewelry with the use of friction and an agent called gold size that acts as a sort of glue. The advantage of gold leaf is the genuine luster of real gold. The drawback of gold leaf is that it has little intrinsic value in comparison with its more substantial gold cousins, and it can easily flake off.

Our Entire Collection

On this page we want to show you our entire collection of Silver Jewelry that we offer:

Flotsam JewelryFLOTSAM – This range of jewellery is made from sterling silver. The surface has been carefully manipulated to make it look like wooden twigs with knot holes. The inspiration comes from the wonderful twisted and smoothed wood found on the seashore. All catches and earring hooks are handmade. There is a wide variety of items available, but if you think of something else you’d like with this design just let us know.

IVY – These wonderful ivy leaf pieces are made of pure silver (PMC+) leaves with strong sterling silver findings and a handmade catch, or ear hooks. The ivy leaves recall a crisp autumnal day. The shine of each leaf reflects the sky and the environment around the wearer, the beauty of nature and jewellery are perfectly combined.

Daisy JewelryDAISY – These pure silver daisy designs are handmade in PMC+. All catches, findings, and earring hooks are handmade in sterling silver. These are a permanent memory of summer, and of childhood as they recollect the daisy chains of younger years. Playful enough for everyday wear and elegant enough for a smart occasion.

Hands JewelryHANDS – this section contains a wide range of the rings handmade by Lucklaw Silver. All rings can be ordered in your own size (we send out ring sizers for free should you not know your size). There are many rings available for men – pick any style you wish and it can be sized accordingly. Rings are often commissioned for engagements, weddings, and many other reasons. All commissions will be given personal attention – we look forward to discussing your design ideas.

EARS – our next section covers the wide range of earrings we design and make. There are long dangling earrings, short shiny earrings, delicate leaf designs, bold flowers and many others. If you fancy something a bit different please get in touch – we make silver earrings with gold hooks too if required. Or if you love a style but would prefer a different size – we can happily make items to your own specifications.

Wrists JewelryWRISTS – here you can find all our adornments for the wrist. Bangles, bracelets and cufflinks. As you’ve come to expect from Lucklaw Silver all items can be made to order. To see some of our requested items please have a look at the Commissions – larger items for men are readily available. All chains can be made to order in any length or thickness. If you’re looking for a simple gift the charms are often put onto wrist cords making a delightful present for young or old, male or female.

Neck JewelryNECK – all jewellery related to the neck will be found here. Pendants, charms, talismans, necklaces and torcs. If it can be worn round the neck Lucklaw Silver will probably have a design to suit you. If you require a different chain, chain length, ribbon colour, or leather thong please let us know. Pendants are a frequently requested commission and can often be quickly produced for those in a rush. Charms come in over 50 different designs – if you can’t find what you want just ask – 99% of the time we can make it!

Other adornmentsOTHER ADORNMENTS – In this section you will find the other delightful items that Lucklaw Silver produces; keyrings, charms, plectrums and anything you can imagine.

Commission JewelryCOMMISSIONS – here you can see a selection of client commissions. There is a cuff, engagement rings, bracelet, earrings, cufflinks, silver plectrum and simple talisman pendants. These images are shown to give some idea of the range of commissions which Lucklaw Silver undertakes. If you are intersted in commissioning a piece, large or small, please drop us an email or give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss your personal requirements.