At contorious, we make use of different kinds of materials. We are the jeweler for High-quality jewelry for the people on a budget, as well as for the people on a higher budget and the people without a budget. But one thing is very important to us. EACH PIECE OF JEWELRY IS MADE OF HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL. And we know it sounds typical, but we're happy to prove it. That's why we provide a lifetime warranty.
NOTE! : Contorious watches are made of 316L stainless steel.
1: 5X PVD GOLD PLATED (Standard)
To start off, PVD or physical vapor deposition is a process that applies one metal (14k/18k Gold unless otherwise stated) with another metal (stainless steel for example) and bonds them together. 5X PVD GOLD PLATING consists of 5 layers of solid gold. Pvd gold plating is typically a better alternative to normal gold plating. It won’t tarnish and it’s much more durable than normal gold plated jewelry.
Note: PVD GOLD PLATED jewelry the base material can be made from Stainless steel or brass. This is depending on the design.
2: VERMEIL (Sometimes available)
There is another type of gold plating that is called Vermeil. Vermeil is an item that is made of sterling silver and plated with a layer of gold. The gold karatage that the silver piece is plated with shouldn't be less that 10K, in order for that piece to be considered as Vermeil. Also to meet the US vermeil jewelry standards the thickness of gold on the piece should be at least 2.5 microns
3: CUBIC ZIRCONIA (Standard)
Cubic zirconia (also known as CZ) is similar to a diamond with its brilliance and crystal clarity, but it is a synthesized (man-made) crystalline material that is colorless, hard, and flawless. It looks so much like a diamond, it is an affordable alternative to diamonds. It can made in different colors to simulate the different colors of a diamond.