Artistic Creations – frequently asked questions
Creative and unique products designed by Sharon Gerardi, including jewelry, book marks, StemArt, Oregon Driftwood Windchimes, and more! If you don’t find your answer here, feel free to contact us.
Q: What is a gem stone?
A: A gemstone or gem (also called a precious or semi-precious stone, a fine gem, or jewel) is a piece of mineral, which, in cut and polished form, is used to make jewelry or other adornments. However certain rocks (such as lapis lazuli), or organic materials that are not minerals (such as amber or jet), are also used for jewelry, and are therefore often considered to be gemstones as well. Most gemstones are hard, but some soft minerals are used in jewelry because of their luster or other physical properties that have aesthetic value.
Q: What metals does Sharon use to create her jewelry?
A: Sharon wirewraps cabochons and bends metal to create pendants and ear rings. The metals she uses are gold-filled, sterling silver, and copper.
Q: What exactly does gold-filled mean?
A: Gold filled wire is made by bonding a layer of 10-karat, 12-karat or 14-karat gold to a base of jeweler’s brass. The wire is then drawn to the desired thickness. It became popular in the early 20th century and allows Gerardi Gems to keep our gold jewelry more affordable.
Gold-filled wire is made by bonding a layer of 10-karat, 12-karat or 14-karat gold to a base of jeweler’s brass. The wire is then drawn to the desired thickness.
Q: My ears are sensitive to some metals, can I wear the ear rings you sell?
A: Yes you can! All ear wires on our website (whether they are made of copper, sterling silver, or gold filled) are nickel free and hypoallergenic.
Q: Are neckchains included with my pendant purchase?
A: A simple adjustable cord is provided with your pendant purchase so that you can wear your pendant immediately upon arrival.
Q: I have a very special gemstone that is an heirloom, can Sharon wrap it for me?
A: Definately. Gerardi Gems always welcomes the opportunity to co-create with you. Simply fill out our Custom Ordering form. Once submitted, Sharon will get back to you in regards to design ideas, material use, and overall cost.