GOLD VERMEIL & SILVER
At the beginning, when Charlotte Chesnais started to design the jewelry line, she choose to work with gold vermeil and rhodium-plated silver. Gold vermeil is a high quality, traditional material made from 925 sterling silver covered with a 5 microns thick layer of 18 karat gold. Often used by goldsmiths, gold vermeil has been used for centuries to create jewelry and notably crown jewels. The layer of gold used on these jewelry is at least five times thicker than on a piece of gold plated bronze jewelry. Each piece of jewelry made from vermeil is hallmarked to guarantee its authenticity. The silver used is rhodium plated. This involves applying a layer of rhodium in order to protect the piece of jewelry and reduce tarnishing. The silver therefore has a grey tone and is less white than untreated silver.
Charlotte Chesnais creates also fine jewelry using 18 karat gold. All diamonds used are certified by Responsible Jewelry Council. Each piece of jewelry that she creates is made in France in the finest ateliers. These jewelry are made to be worn, they have to live your life with you. There are some recommendations to follow: it is recommended to avoid contact with cosmetics and perfumes and to remove the jewelry before going to bed. Gold vermeil and silver are materials that can tarnish (or oxidize) naturally over time. If an oxidation mark appears, gently buff your jewelry with a soft cloth. Sterling silver's shine is preserved when the jewelry is worn often. With the correct care, your pieces will age perfectly over time.