If ya didn't already know, now ya do: Elizabeth Sarah Collections is going gold, baby. And not just Solid 14K Euro Gold, but we've added diamonds just to kick it up another notch.
The first piece in this collection, style #997, opens the door to the world of solid gold jewelry. Using solid gold for her line is a goal Elizabeth always strived to achieve, and this piece serves as the bridge between her old and new styles.
For centuries, gold has been a common form of currency and civilizations have based their entire culture around it, as it's seen as a symbol of wealth and determining ones status. From art to royal jewelry to religious rituals, gold is the most popular precious metal for investments, and has been used in jewelry making since at least 4,000 B.C.
The price of gold continually fluctuates and is often linked to major economic events, such as the COVID-19 Pandemic for example.
There is a monetary system called the ‘gold standard’ which fixes a unit of money to a certain weight of gold.
The prices are ‘set,’ and constantly ‘re-set,’ by the ever-changing supply and demand factors, input by thousands of investors, central banks, governments, miners, jewelers, dealers, and others who trade in gold almost daily. The gold market amounts to billions of dollars every day. It changes constantly, due to hundreds of factors, ranging from the opening of a new gold mine, to the changes in interest rates of one currency or another. Of all the commodity markets, the gold market is probably the largest and most free market in the world.
In addition to the solid gold which defines this new collection of fine jewelry, other styles will also feature diamonds, the rarest and most sought after precious gemstone.
The diamonds used feature VS1 & VS2 Colorless Pave Diamonds with Excellent Cut, Polish and Symmetry. Although colorless diamonds are generally considered the most valuable and prestigious, diamonds can be found in a range of colors, including green, blue, yellow, brown, orange, purple, red, or even black.
Diamond color is all about what you can’t see. Diamonds are valued by how closely they approach colorlessness – the less color, the higher their value.
GIA’s color-grading scale for diamonds is the industry standard. The scale begins with the letter D, representing colorless, and continues with increasing presence of color to the letter Z (light yellow or brown.) Each letter grade has a clearly defined range of color appearance.
The diamonds you will see in this collection range D-F on the GIA Color Scale.
In order to understand what a diamond carat measures, it would help to know the origins of the modern carat system. Carat weight started with the carob seed, when early gem traders used the small, uniform seeds as counterweights in their balance scales. Today, the carat is the same milligram weight in every corner of the world.
The style of how the diamonds are set in each necklace is called pavé, which means "pavement" in French. When looking at a piece of jewelry with a pavé setting, you'll notice several tiny diamonds closely set together, resulting in a line - or pavement - of continuous sparkle.
This is a lot of information we're throwing at you, and I get it. For those who aren't entirely familiar with the 4C's of Diamond Quality or price of gold, we hope you find this information helpful and explanatory as far as the price jump between the pieces Elizabeth has produced in the past and this new, fine collection.
Elizabeth took your everyday favorite styles from the Shoreline Collection that is known and loved worldwide, and elevated them into delicate and modern pieces of wearable art.
Every shark tooth in this collection was specifically chosen for its size, shape, and texture, which artist Elizabeth Sarah hand picked from her stash of thousands.
Elizabeth worked with a master jeweler as she learned the techniques applied in this new collection, and once the perfect tooth was chosen that best represented the idea she had for each style, she learned the process of making it into a mold. After the mold is set, it's then casted in 14K gold.
The solid gold tooth picks up the natural imperfections and distinct features of the tooth - such as graininess of the root or curve of a fang.
We work with Mother Nature versus against her. What some people may see as flaws, we see as fingerprints, and we highlight these individual characteristics to show off their genuine beauty.
Each one of a kind necklace is thoughtfully intended to compliment not only the person wearing it but also celebrate the wonderful ocean at our backyard and forever close to our hearts.