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So what is vermeil?

So what is vermeil?

We represent over 30 jewelers who work with a variety of materials, from solid metals like gold, sterling silver and brass, to gold alternatives like vermeil and gold-filled. The distinctions between gold alternatives can be confusing, so we've outlined the main differences between these popula...
Care and Cleaning

Care and Cleaning

Jewelry is meant to be worn and enjoyed, but it also requires care and occasional maintenance. As a rule, your jewelry should be the last thing you put on in the morning and the first thing you take off at night. And we strongly recommend removing your jewelry before bathing or swimming.  Sol...
The art of ring sizing

The art of ring sizing

Rings are one of those jewelry pieces that don’t leave much room for error in sizing—a half size too small and it won’t fit over your knuckles, a half size too big and it may slip around. Variables that affect a ring size are many, and in this guide we'll explain why getting your hands sized by...
Gemstone Durability and Wear

Gemstone Durability and Wear

If you've shopped with us at Sailor, you may have noticed that our ring selection heavily favors diamonds and sapphires, though our earring, necklace, and bracelet selection varies across a spectrum of gemstones. Moreover, if you came to us for an engagement ring, you may have even been talked ...
Carat vs. Karat

Carat vs. Karat

A carat is a unit of weight used to measure the size of a gemstone such as a diamond. A karat is a measurement of purity, indicating the proportion of gold out of 24 parts (24k gold being pure gold). 18K gold is therefore 18/24 parts or 75% gold.   Size Gemstones have different densities, so...