Our Materials and Jewelry Care

We’ve laid out all of the materials we work with so that you can choose what kind of piece would serve you best and how to care for it.

Sterling Silver

Silver offers a number of benefits from its quality to its versatile form & function. From ancient times to modern day, silver is known to be a metal of emotions; one that is a mirror to the soul and draws negativity out of the body. 

Silver vessels were used to store water, wine, vinegar as silver has antimicrobial properties. Today, colloidal silver is ingested as a health supplement. Silver has inherent value and appreciates over time like gold. All sterling silver jewelry is marked with 925 which guarantees that it is legitimate sterling silver.

Our sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver, 7.5% other metals (copper, nickel). These other metals make it possible to mold silver into unique designs, such as our AADYA Yang ring.

Not only is sterling silver more affordable than gold or platinum, but it’s also the whitest of the three metals. Its high luster is unmatched, making it a versatile and beautiful choice for all kinds of jewelry.

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Care:

  1. Our high shine sterling silver pieces have a reflective finish which gives them extra shine. Over time, the high shine finish will wear off, exposing the oxidized sterling silver underneath. Some people actually like the look of the silver but for those that want to restore the high shine, in most cases your piece can be polished again. To learn more e-mail us at info@aaryah.com and we can share our repair policy and fees.
  2. Keep your high shine sterling silver pieces separate from your other jewelry
  3. Silver tarnishes rapidly when exposed to certain substances in our everyday lives so we recommend caring for, wearing and storing your jewelry as mentioned above.

Gold

Gold comes in a variety of karat values. (A quick clarification: karat is used to describe gold, while carat is used to measure gems like diamonds.) We make jewelry in 9KT, 10KT, 14KT and 18KT Yellow Gold.

The natural metal gold is believed to act on the emotional system of the human body, stabilizing the body, alleviating tension and stress, and amplifying positivity. 

Gold’s value increases over time, meaning that it is one of the only investments you can adorn your body with and carry with you throughout your life. When you invest in a gold piece, you are investing in yourself.

Care: 

  1. Remove your jewelry before exercising or swimming
  2. Wipe down your piece after wearing with a dry, soft cloth and store it separately from your other jewelry to avoid scratching

14KT Yellow Gold

14KT yellow gold means a proportion of 58.3% pure gold to 41.7% alloy metals. A “583” or “585” stamp on the metal indicates its purity out of 1000.

Gold has a total possible 24 karats, but you’ll hardly ever see 24KT gold jewelry, since pure gold — like pure silver — is much too soft to be worn. 14KT yellow gold is elegant, durable, and light yellow in color, as in our block letter necklaces.

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18KT Yellow Gold

18KT yellow gold has a slightly deeper hue than 14KT, due to a 75% gold and 25% alloy content. The higher purity is often distinguished as “750”. It is almost as scratch-resistant as 14KT gold but even more luxurious and hypoallergenic.

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14KT White Gold

Like 14KT yellow gold, 14KT white gold is made of 58.3% pure gold but it’s mixed with white metals like nickel. White gold achieves its shine through a rhodium coating, resulting in a metal that resembles silver. Rhodium naturally wears off over time, so it’s a good idea to get your white gold jewelry re-dipped in order to combat tarnish.

18KT White Gold

Like 14KT white gold, 18KT white gold contains alloys and rhodium plating that result in a white cast.

Both 14KT and 18KT white gold are popular in engagement bands. It’s hard to tell them apart with the naked eye. The only difference is in price: 18KT will be more because of the higher gold content.

Although 18KT white gold is not completely hypoallergenic, it contains less nickel than 14KT, so it is probably the better option for more sensitive skin.

14KT Rose Gold

14KT rose gold is also 58.3% gold, but it’s combined with copper to give it a rosy hue. The copper also makes rose gold both more durable and affordable than yellow or white gold.

18KT Rose Gold

18KT rose gold has a lower concentration of copper, resulting in a lighter pink sheen than 14KT rose gold. Rose gold metals run the gamut from subtle pink to almost red, so select the shade you think is best.

Platinum

King Louis XVI of France once called platinum “the only metal fit for kings” for its durability, beauty, and rarity.

Indeed, platinum is stronger and denser than gold, making it perfect for everyday wear. And since it isn’t as soft as gold, platinum jewelry contains more pure platinum, around 85-95%. This is usually marked as “850” or “950.” The higher purity makes it the most hypoallergenic metal, the optimal choice for people with sensitive skin.

Care:

  1. You can use mild soap and water or a cleaner made specifically for platinum
  2. Use a soft toothbrush to gently clean the metal

Diamonds

British diamond company De Beers coined the phrase “A diamond is forever” because diamonds are the hardest natural substance on Earth. There is no substitute for their durability  only a diamond can scratch another diamond. To learn more about natural diamonds, click here.

We only use natural and ethically sourced diamonds in our pieces. In addition to the stringent standards set by the United Nations known as The Kimberley Process, we take the time to get to know our sources and ensure that our contribution to the world is positive. The diamond industry has undergone an intense overhaul since the 1990’s, and currently employs an estimated ten million people around the world. Today our partners share the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: to mine diamonds in a way that uplifts local economies, protects the environment, and promotes gender equality.

Care:

Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance on the planet, and while our pieces are made for daily use, they are not indestructible.

  1. To clean diamonds at home, you can soak the piece in a soap and water mixture or use a soft toothbrush to gently clean it

Gemstones

We only use natural gemstones in all of our AARYAH pieces. Our workshop in Jaipur hand cuts each natural stone, transferring energy and meaning to the next hands it will touch. 

Natural stones have a wide array of healing properties. In some cultures, gemstones are used as part of their spiritual practices while in other cultures, they are used to ward away negative energy and protect the wearer. It’s the wearer who chooses how the particular gemstone will serve them.

Care: 

  1. Natural gemstones are very sensitive and don’t react well to hard surfaces and chemicals
  2. Since many natural gemstones can be quite delicate, hot water, harsh chemicals and cleaners should be avoided at all times
  3. Avoid contact with harsh, abrasive materials or glass cleaners and try to avoid leaving your pieces out in the sun as that alters the color of the stones
  4. Clean your gemstones with a clean, soft, damp untreated cloth after wearing
  5. Do not use tissue paper or paper towels to clean gemstones as they can cause scratching

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