What is ... Rhodium?
Rhodium is a silvery-white metal, which is considered the most expensive precious metal (the price varies, but it usually costs about 6 times as much as gold). We use rhodium because we like its high light reflection and its excellent chemical resistance, which means it does not react or change. Unless exposed to excessive friction and force, jewelery covered with rhodium will retain its appearance and shine for a very long time.
What is ... Gold?
Everyone knows what gold is ... one of the most precious metals in the world, valued for its aesthetic and metallurgical properties, it has played a unique role in humanity for over 6,000 years. The Aztecs believed that gold was "the sweat of the sun". Although this is not true, it is a good metaphor for its beauty. We use 18ct gold for coating because gold does not tarnish, is easy to work with, has a rich color and a brilliant shine.
What is ... Rose Gold?
Rose Gold is simply a gold alloy, a mixture of gold and copper, sometimes with a small percentage of silver. Rose Gold has a long history, almost as long as the history of gold. We chose to use it for its chic charm, the modern-vintage sheen and the way it enhances the beauty of Swarovski crystals and zirconia.
What is ... Ruthenium?
Back to black! Ruthenium is a hard, dark gray metal, one of the rarest on Earth and belongs to the platinum family. We use it because of its mysterious dark luster, which is a modern contrast to the femininity of our pieces. It is a hard metal and is excellent for coating because it prevents scratches and discoloration.
What is the "long-lasting" gold coating for watches and steel jewelery?
Precision craftsmanship and creative design made of stainless steel, decorated with Swarovski® elements characterize the Oliver Weber watches, as well as the steel jewelry.
Steel is difficult to color or modify on a chemical level. Therefore, our gold and rose gold watches have been coated with a special technique that guarantees long lasting shine and increased wear resistance. The process is called Physical Vapor Deposition and means that a layer of titanium first covers the watch, which is a very hard, scratch-resistant metal. Then comes a vaporized gold layer; the gold binds layer by layer in a heated vacuum on the surface. The process is completely environmentally friendly, without causing harmful substances or toxic residues.
Swarovski cubic zirconia
The Oliver Weber Designers use Swarovski cubic zirconia because they offer the same brilliance as natural diamonds. In addition to the best quality on the market, they also offer almost identical properties as diamonds. Another advantage is that they can be used in pieces of jewelry without glue, since they can withstand temperatures of 2750 ° C.
The zirconia is an artificially made diamond. It is cut by applying the "ideal diamond cut standards" and proves to have a hardness of 8.5 on the Mohs hardness scale (resistance to scratching); equal to natural diamond, which has a hardness of 10. The natural stone topaz has a hardness of 8.
Another important aspect besides hardness is the 2.20 refractive index (diamonds measure 2.42).
Each Swarovski Zirconia stone is laser-engraved to confirm its authenticity.
The majority of Oliver Weber pearls comes from Swarovski, the so-called "Crystal Pearls".
Crystal Pearls are almost perfect imitations of natural pearls. They have a crystal core, which is steamed several times during the manufacturing process and finally covered with an artificial pearlescent liquid. This special process gives the pearls a flawless, smooth and silky surface.
Imitation pearls of high quality can be distinguished from other artificial pearls because of their weight and their color.
The highest quality crystal on the market, the Swarovski crystal, brings intense light reflection and precise, equal size.
The Oliver Weber jewelry is made exclusively with Swarovski crystals and Swarovski zirconia. Swarovski manufactures precision crystals used in the fashion and jewelery industries, as well as in the world of lighting, architecture and interior design.
The material itself, the crystal, is made by many companies, nevertheless the precise cut is unique and Swarovski offers 28 faceted cut crystal, the Xilion Chaton. The Swarovski crystals optimize the light reflection and produce intense brilliance, luminosity and scintillation.
Another important feature is the exact size of each crystal. This quality is indeed crucial for Oliver Weber, as we often use thousands of tiny crystals. They all have to be used the same way, unlike cheaper products where the crystals are noticeable by the different sizes.
All these features make the Swarovski crystals the first choice not only for jewelery making but also for decoration, fashion design, nail art, etc.
925 Sterling Silver
Everyone knows silver, right? A soft, white, shiny metal, almost of mystical beauty. It was used to decorate kings and queens, mark historic milestones, celebrate special occasions and accomplishments, and now give our loved ones a lasting expression of love, friendship, or simply appreciation.
Sterling Silver is a favorite medium for our designers because of its beauty and smoothness. Our entire silver collection consists of 925 sterling silver, that is 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, mostly copper. Generally, jewelers use alloys because pure silver is far too soft.
We like to use Stainless Steel with its matte gray finish and, therefore, its modern, industrial design look. We also value its longevity and durability, as well as its hypoallergenic properties. Compared with other metals, much more power is needed to bend steel into shapes.
Because steel can survive severe wear, we often chose this metal for men's jewelry to reflect its sturdiness, strength, and lifestyle.
It is an alternative for people with allergies and sensitivity to metals such as copper or brass.
Alcantara is a covering microfiber material that is mainly used in fashion, design and accessories. Here at Oliver Weber we like to use it because it is hard-wearing, breathable, allergen-neutral and easy to clean.
In the world of fashion it has been used by many famous designers such as Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton; You'll also find it on high end headphones, as well as on other products from Microsoft, Samsung and most prominently on Tesla's SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule.
Alcantara is the trade name for a composite material that may be described as an artificial substitute for suede. It was developed in Japan in 1970 by the scientist Miyoshi Okamoto. Alcantara is made by combining an advanced spinning process with chemical and textile production processes such as needling, polishing, impregnation, extraction, dyeing, etc.
Its composition is about 68% polyester and 32% polyurethane. The look and feel of Alcantara is that of suede and it can be mistakenly identified as such.
The jewelery of the Oliver Weber Collection is manufactured according to the new regulations, so the whole assortment complies with European law.
REACH is the EU regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006). It deals with the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances. The law entered into force on 1 June 2007.
There are two new provisions in the amended Annex XVII which are relevant to the jewelery industry and which are considered to be producers or distributors:
Requirement: less than 0.05% by weight, effective on October 9, 2013
Requirement: less than 0.01% by weight, valid from 19 September 2012