Frequently Asked Questions

BEAD QUESTIONS:

1. What are the different types of Silver and what is .925 Sterling Silver?
2. What does 14kt Gold mean?
3. What does it mean by Gold-filled?
4. What is Vermeil?
5. What is Base Metal?
6. What is Gauge?
7. How Many Beads will I need to make . .?
8. How many beads are on a strand?
9. What length should I make my . . ? 10. What is the difference between a millimeter and an inch?
11. What are the birthstones for each month?

SITE QUESTIONS:

1. Do you offer a catalog?
2. Do you have a physical store?
3. Do you sell Internationally?
4. What payment options do you have?
5. When will I receive my order?
6. How do ensure my order is accurate?
7. Do you sell wholesale?

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BEAD QUESTIONS:

1. What are the different types of silver and what is .925 Sterling Silver?
Type of silver What is it?
What other metal(s) is it mixed with? What is the proportion (stamp)?
Bali silver

Sterling silver

Mixed with pewter for a grayer tone.

.925

Base metal (silver tone) Any non-precious metal such as white bronze, nickel, zinc, steel etc. can be considered base metal. Another name for it is pot metal.

Fine silver Pure silver

Softer and more resistant to tarnish than sterling. 1.000

Liquid silver

Liquid silver describes heishi (or tube) beads strung together. They “flow” like liquid.

Too small to stamp!

Nickel silver

Does not contain any silver.
A silver-white metallic element.

Rhodium

Does not contain any silver.
A silver-white metallic element that does not tarnish. It occurs naturally in platinum ores and is often alloyed with platinum.
Hides solder seams and adds a clean, shiny, even surface.

Sterling silver

In USA, silver alloyed (mixed) with copper. The copper makes it stronger and allows it to patina (turn dark) faster, giving details more “depth.”

.925

2. What does 14k Gold mean?

Gold is our most malleable metal. Because it is so soft, it is mixed with other metals to make it stronger.
Popular Karats

10K 10 parts gold plus 14 parts other metal(s) – minimum amount of gold to be considered “gold”

14K 14 parts gold plus 10 parts other metal(s)

18K 18 parts gold plus 6 parts other metal(s)

22K 22 parts gold plus 2 parts other metal(s)

24K 24 parts gold

3. What does it mean by Gold-filled?

Despite what the name implies, gold-filled doesn’t mean the piece of metal is filled with gold. It’s exactly the opposite: the gold is wrapped around a core of base metal. The base metal is a yellow-colored (such as brass) with karat gold bonded to it.

How many karats of gold are in gold-filled?

There are two types of gold-filled products on the market: 14/20 and 12/20. These numbers represent the proportion of gold to base metal.

14/20 gold filled is the most popular combination because most people are not allergic to 14 karat gold. 14/20 means the top 20 percent of the item is 14 karat gold. The remaining core (80 percent) is the base metal.

How is gold-filled different from gold-plated?

Gold-plated products have a very thin layer of gold on a base metal. Sometimes it is so thin that the gold wears off, gets scratched off and even polished off. With gold-filled items, you would have to really work at it to wear off 20 percent of the metal!

4. What is Vermeil?

Vermeil (pronounced vur-may) is a term that describes a coating of gold on sterling silver (sometimes referred to as gilded silver), made using the process of electrolysis, electricity and an acid bath, to attach the gold to sterling. Electrolysis is also called electroplating or just “plating” for short. A layer of approximately .003 inch of 18 karat gold is typically used.

5. What is Base Metal?

Base metals are any metals that are non-precious. Gold-colored base metals include brass and bronze alloys. Silver-colored base metals include white bronze, lead, zinc, nickel, tin and steel. Copper and bronze (the brown type) are also considered base metals. Base metal is often plated with precious metals (i.e.. gold-plated and sterling silver-plated).

Useful Measurements

6. What is Gauge?
The thickness of a piece of wire or sheet metal is referred to as its gauge. The higher the number the thinner the wire. Question: which is thicker, an earring wire that is 24 gauge or 22 gauge? Answer: 22 gauge.

7. How many beads will I need to make . . ?

Below are the approximate numbers of beads that you will need. The figures are rounded up to the nearest bead. We recommend that you get a few extra beads just in case. Don’t forget to include the length of your clasp when calculating your finished piece.


Finished
length

3mm
beads
4mm
beads
5mm
beads
6mm
beads
8mm
beads
10mm
beads
12mm
beads
14mm
beads
16mm
beads
1″ 9 7 6 5 4 3 2 2 2
7″ 60 45 36 30 23 18 15 13 11
16″ 136 102 82 68 50 41 34 29 26
24″ 204 153 122 101 77 61 51 44 38

8. How many beads are on a strand?
Divide 400 by the millimeter (mm) size of the beads to get an average of the number of beads on a strand. For example, to determine the number of beads on a 5mm strand, divide 400 by 5 to get 80. This means there are 80 beads on an average strand of 5mm beads.

9. What length should I make my . . ?
Please remember that people come in different shapes and sizes. These measurements are just a starting point. Don’t forget to consider the length of your clasp.

Anklet 9″
Bracelet 7″
Necklace:
Choker 16″
Princess 18″
Matinee 24″
Opera 32″
Rope 48″

10. What is the difference between a millimeter and an inch?
One centimeter (cm) is equal to ten millimeters (mm). A bead which is 10mm in diameter would measure to the “1” on the cm part of this ruler.

While 1 inch is equal to 2.54 centimeter or 25.40 mm

11. What are the birthstones for each month?
January: Garnet or Rose Quartz
February: Amethyst or Onyx
March: Aquamarine or Bloodstone
April: Diamond or Rock Crystal (Quartz)
May: Emerald or Chrysoprase
June; Alexandrite, Moonstone or Pearl
July: Ruby or Carnelion
August: Peridot or Sardonyx
September Sapphire or Lapis
October: Opal or Tourmaline
November: Topaz or Citrine
December: Zircon or Turquoise.

SITE QUESTIONS:

1. Do you offer a catalog?
Our website offers you access to our dynamic online catalog. It is always up to date and reflects sales and special offers that no catalog could reflect. Please check out our site often for new products, sales and specials.

2. Do you have a physical store?
No we are manufacturer, and don’t have any store – that’s one way we are able to keep our prices so low! Although we know some people like to see, touch and feel products before purchasing, please remember that you are welcome to return any product you are not completely satisfied with.

3. Do you sell Internationally?
Yes, Legend Art Beads.com ships internationally to most countries.

4. What payment options do you have?
Normally we prefer Bank Swift Transfer, because it’s cheaper as compare to any other payment option like PayPal / Credit Card / Western Union etc. For more details please visit http://www.legendartbeads.com/node/22

5. When will I receive my order?

It’s depend up on ordered quantity. When ever we quote our price, we always tell you the making and shipping time. Please plan accordingly.

6. How do you ensure my order is accurate?

We always show you photo of products we made specially for you. Once you approve, then we ship them immediately.

7. Do you sell retails?
No, we do sell only to wholesaler / Jewelry manufacturers / retail chain stores / B to C web sites / C to C web sites / E-Bay – Amazon seller etc.

To buy our retail, please visit our retail store ArtofLegend India.com

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