The Dublin Assay Office is an independent third party state appointed test laboratory. It is one of the most prestigious and leading certifiers of precious metal in the world.
Our chains and pendants have been independently certified and hallmarked by the Assay Office and are tagged with the hallmark stamp.
925 represents certified sterling silver. It is stamped on jewellery to demonstrate the high quality of the product. What it essentially means is that the product you are buying is made from 92.5% genuine silver and 7.5% of an alloy to help prevent tarnishing. Fine silver, for example 99.9% pure silver, is too soft for producing functional objects, therefore the silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength while preserving the ductility and appearance of the precious metal. If an item is stamped with anything other than 925 it is NOT sterling silver.
It makes the jewellery more shiny and bright. Rhodium plating also helps increase the long term durability of the finished product. Silver is a soft metal and can dent and scratch easily. By plating jewellery with rhodium it can make it more durable as it is considered to be the best in its class of all other platinum metals for resistance to corrosion and tarnish. It is essentially a protective coating for the jewellery.