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About Steel by Design® Jewelry
This aspirational stainless steel collection has a high-end look, yet affords everyday wearability. You'll show your chic side with jewelry that's made to last—it perfectly complements the trends that will be in vogue for years to come.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What grade of stainless steel is used in the jewelry and watches?
A: The most commonly used stainless steel for jewelry and watches is 316L. It can be refinished by any jeweler and will not oxidize or turn black. Stainless steel does not readily corrode, rust, or stain with water as ordinary steel does. Other grades of stainless steel with the same attributes are occasionally used depending on the method of manufacturing. Stainless steel is used where both the properties of steel and resistance to corrosion are required.
Q: Will it turn color or tarnish?
A: Stainless steel will not tarnish or turn color.
Q: Can it be worn in the shower or when swimming?
A: Yes. Stainless steel does not readily corrode, rust, or stain with water as ordinary steel does. However, watches should be removed before showering, swimming, or immersing hands or arms in water.
Q: Are there any special cleaning instructions?
A: Wipe clean with a jewelry cleaning cloth.
Q: What color is the metal? Is it bright silver like sterling or more of dark gray silver like gunmetal?
A: The color of the metal is similar to that of platinum. It's darker than silver and a beautiful metal to wear.
Stone Information & Mining
Amethyst is the purple variety of the quartz mineral species. It's the gem that's most commonly associated with the color purple, even though there are other purple gemstones such as sapphire and tanzanite. Its purple color can be cool and bluish, or a reddish purple that's sometimes referred to as "raspberry."
Legend & Lore
Because of its wine-like color, early Greek legends associated amethyst with Bacchus, the god of wine. Other legends reflected beliefs that amethyst kept its wearer clear-headed and quick-witted in battle and in business affairs. Fine amethysts have been set in religious jewelry and royal crown jewels for ages. It was once considered equal in value to ruby, emerald, and sapphire. It's no wonder that fine amethyst adorns the fingers of bishops as well as the coronation regalia of British royalty.
Amethyst's purple color can range from a light lilac to a deep, intense royal purple and from brownish to vivid. Amethyst also commonly shows what is called color zoning, which in the case of amethyst usually consists of angular zones of darker to lighter color.
Amethyst can be safely cleaned with warm soapy water. Ultrasonic cleaners are usually safe except in the rare instances where a stone is dyed or treated by fracture filling. Steam cleaning is not recommended, and amethyst should not be subjected to heat.
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