9 Jewelry myths - fact or fairy tale? fejn jewelry clarifies!

All that glitters is not gold! Or is it? There are many myths surrounding jewelry and precious stones. Firmly anchored in our minds, they lead us to believe that pure gold is multi-colored, that precious metals often cause allergies, or that recycled jewelry is of inferior quality. Put an end to it! We answer the most important questions about jewelry and clarify which myths hide facts and which are fake news. Let's go!

Can I check the purity of gold by biting into it?

We're all familiar with movie scenes of pirates biting into gold coins to check their loot for authenticity. But how much truth is there behind this myth? The fact is that pure gold is softer than healthy tooth enamel. A test bite can therefore leave traces in the gold. However, caution is advised with this test method, because the same applies to base metal lead. This can be easily gold-plated and passes the supposed authenticity test with ease. At the same time, gold mixtures tend to have a higher degree of hardness - so they would not pass the bite test despite being genuine.

But how do you recognize real gold? First, you check the jewelry for a carat or fineness stamp. The stamp is usually found on genuine gold jewelry. Worn areas also provide information about the authenticity: Does another metal show through under the surface? Then it is most likely not real gold.

Conclusion: Biting into gold jewelry is not a reliable method for determining authenticity. If in doubt, take your gold to a specialist to determine the material. By the way: At fejn-jewelry you need neither a bite test nor expert advice. Information about the materials used in our urban real jewelry can be found directly on the website under Material & Production.

Why does gold appear in multiple colors?

Pay attention. Although gold comes in yellow, white and rose, 24 karat gold basically appears in only one color: Yellow. However, since pure fine gold is not very suitable for everyday use due to its soft nature, its use as jewelry requires an alloy, i.e. a mixture with other precious metals. This is how color comes into play. Other shades of gold are thus achieved by mixing silver, copper platinum, aluminum or iron. Logically, the higher the proportion of other metals, the lower the pure gold content. In addition to the change in appearance, the additions not only increase the hardness of the jewelry, but also extend its durability. 

Do gold and silver trigger skin allergies?

Jewelry fans can breathe a sigh of relief, because: Allergies to pure gold or silver are extremely rare. The human skin reacts to the precious metals only in a few exceptional cases. Nevertheless, many people believe they have an allergy to gold or silver jewelry. Why does this myth persist? Quite simply, allergies to other components of gold mixtures, such as copper, brass or especially nickel, are common. In the case of undesirable skin reactions, an allergy to gold or silver is then mistakenly suspected. A contact allergy test in the dermatology practice provides information about actual triggers of skin irritations. And our fejnen jewelry is of course all nickel, lead and cadmium free according to EU guidelines and therefore allergy friendly.

Is zircon an artificial gemstone?

Zircon is not a real gemstone - wrong! Unfortunately, this assumption also persists. The misunderstanding can be traced back to the similarity in name with the artificially produced crystal zirconia. Zircon, on the other hand, is a natural mineral that even occurs in various beautiful colors such as red, orange, blue or brown. We use it to give our beautiful Zirconia Ceramic Rings (link: https://www.fejn.com/products/ceramic-ring) their color.

Fun fact: Zircon contains minute traces of radioactive elements like uranium, strontium or thorium. What also sounds like a myth is true in this case. But don't panic - the radiation emitted by the mini-particles is barely measurable and completely harmless.

Are recycled precious metals inferior?

Those who think of recycled jewelry as second-rate goods are sorely mistaken. Because: thanks to the unique nature of precious metals, a complete material cycle can be guaranteed. This means that when gold and silver are remelted, a wonderful new product is created that, thanks to modern processes, suffers no loss of quality whatsoever. On the contrary - ecologically, socially and ethically, the recycled product is the better choice. And there are many reasons for this!

Unfortunately, the mining of gold and silver is still associated with child labor. In addition, it is often produced under miserable working conditions. In addition, the mining of gold and silver is an absolute CO2 producer. Boo! For example, recycling precious metals emits up to 98 percent less environmentally harmful substances than mining new metal. We love it! For more interesting info on this topic, check out the article "Recycled gold and silver - learn more about these sustainable and ecological materials".

Are Lab Grown Diamonds real diamonds?

Good news for those who like that extra bit of sparkle: Except for the fact that Lab Grown Diamonds are not created deep inside the earth but, as the name suggests, are produced under laboratory conditions, they are no different from conventional diamonds in their chemical and physical properties. The Lab Grown Diamond is also made of 100% carbon and is just as hard as its naturally formed relative.

However, Lab Grown Diamond is a sustainable and, most importantly, fair alternative to conventional diamonds. The mining of "blood diamonds" is clearly declared war thanks to this method of gemstone extraction. In the fejn assortment, we therefore use only fairly produced Lab Grown Diamonds for our filigree genuine jewelry.

Can I take a shower and go swimming with my jewelry?

Can I jump into the cool water without worrying, or should I take off my jewelry carefully beforehand? Especially on summer vacation, this question often causes jewelry fans a headache and puts the brakes on spontaneous swimming activities. But is that really necessary?

The answer is: unfortunately, yes. This myth is a fact. In order to enjoy genuine jewelry for a long time, it should not come into contact with water. Chlorinated water in particular damages jewelry and can have a negative effect on the coloring. In addition, chemicals, dirt and water can collect between jewelry and skin, which often leads to unpleasant skin reactions. So before taking a shower, diving into the sea or cooling off in the pool, take off your jewelry!

How often do I have to clean my jewelry?

So that dust, sweat, dirt and moisture can not harm the dearest individual pieces, they should be cleaned every 3 to 4 months. There are several reasons for this: Regular cleaning not only prevents skin irritation, it also ensures that favorite accessories sparkle for a long time. This way, you can enjoy your genuine jewelry for years - which is also a great idea in terms of sustainability.

If my jewelry is broken, does it have to go in the trash?

Damaged jewelry belongs in the garbage can? Please don't! Especially with real jewelry, almost all jewelry defects can be repaired effortlessly and invisibly. Our repair service says "No!" to the throwaway mentality and will gladly take care of faded or damaged necklaces, bracelets and (ear) rings. If the broken piece of jewelry is a lost cause after all, fejn will simply melt down the precious metal and turn it into new one-of-a-kind pieces. Yay!