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OUR JEWELLERY

Temple of the Sun jewellery is designed in-house by founder Yonna Derofe and hand-crafted by highly skilled artisans who use the ancient lost wax method and other age old hand-crafted techniques to transform recycled and ethical sterling silver, 18K gold vermeil and precious gemstones into treasured heirlooms. 

Our Jewellery

Temple of the Sun jewellery is designed in-house by founder Yonna Derofe and hand-crafted by highly skilled artisans who use the ancient lost wax method and other age old hand-crafted techniques to transform recycled and ethical sterling silver, 18K gold vermeil and precious gemstones into treasured heirlooms. 

Temple of the Sun jewellery is designed in-house by founder Yonna Derofe and hand-crafted by highly skilled artisans who use the ancient lost wax method and other age old hand-crafted techniques to transform recycled and ethical sterling silver, 18K gold vermeil and precious gemstones into treasured heirlooms. 

HANDMADE JEWELLERY

GOLD VERMEIL

Prounounced ver-may; vermeil is a technique originating in the 19th century, where gold is applied to a sterling silver base. Gold vermeil is created using the gold plating technique but requires a thicker layer of gold than standard plating – in the case of vermeil pieces, the gold layer must be 2.5 microns thick. At Temple of the Sun, we use 18K gold in all our gold vermeil jewellery, which is the highest percentage of gold alloy.

GOLD VERMEIL VS GOLD PLATED - THE KEY DIFFERENCES

• Base metal - Gold plating can occur on any metal – from copper to brass – whereas gold vermeil can only be applied to a base of sterling silver. The sterling silver we use in our Temple of the Sun jewellery is ethical and recycled 925 sterling silver, making it as sustainable as possible.

• Gold thickness - The thickness of the gold metal layer is another key difference, making gold vermeil jewellery a higher quality product than standard plating. Gold plating has a minimum thickness of 0.5 microns, while vermeil requires a layer of gold that is at minimum 2.5 microns thick. Gold vermeil pieces are at least 5 times thicker than standard gold plating.

• Durability - due to its added thickness gold vermeil is far more durable than gold plating – making it a more sustainable option as Temple of the Sun wearers can love their pieces longer.

ETHICAL 925 STERLING SILVER

Here at Temple of the Sun we use recycled and ethically sourced 925 sterling silver as the base metal for our gold vermeil pieces, and in all our silver jewellery. Sterling silver and the hallmark 925 represent the same thing – the mixture of silver and alloy, which is 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper or other alloys. This is regarded as the highest quality silver mix as it is impossible to have pure silver in jewellery due to the metals softness, making it less durable and susceptible to damage. As our design and sustainability principles involve quality and timelessness so our pieces may be loved longer, we only use recycled and ethically sourced 925 sterling silver. All Temple of the Sun jewellery is nickel-free.All sterling silver Temple of the Sun jewellery is stamped with 925; the hallmark which guarantees the quality and authenticity of your piece.

HOW TO CARE FOR TEMPLE OF THE SUN JEWELLERY

To maintain the beauty and brilliance of your Temple pieces, we recommend treating them with care; follow these guides to prolong the life and lustre of the finish.

• Chemicals, cosmetics and perfumes can cloud the brilliance of a gemstone and dull the surface of gold, gold vermeil and ethical 925 sterling silver.
• Jewellery should always be removed prior to showering, bathing or swimming.
• Apply perfume and lotions well before putting on your jewellery.
• When not worn, store your jewellery in a dry airtight container.

HOW TO CLEAN GOLD VERMEIL JEWELLERY

Our gold vermeil is a 2.5 micron overlay of 18K gold on a base of ethical 925 sterling silver.  Rinse in cold water and pat dry with a soft 100% cotton cloth.

Gold vermeil jewellery will fade naturally over time, acquiring a patina that adds character to the piece. For those that prefer the original lustre of the gold vermeil we do offer a re-plating service. Customers can contact Temple of the Sun directly if they wish to use this service

HOW TO CLEAN STERLING SILVER

Rinse in cold water and pat dry with a soft 100% cotton cloth

JEWELLERY WITH MEANING

We use precious gemstones in our jewellery for their natural beauty, meanings and properties they bestow on their wearer. Here are the gemstones we use, their natural hue and their meanings and properties.

OUR STONES

Ruby

Love. Sensuality. Confidence

Blue Topaz

Communication. Clarity. Friendship.

Sapphire

Wisdom. Intuition. Spirituality.

Black Spinel

Empowering. Protection. Grounding.

Emerald

Love. Compassion. Healing

Lapis lazuli

Insight. Truth. Communication.

Peridot

Inner Warmth. Positivity. Creativity.

Opal

Originality. Inspiration. Healing.

Onyx

Perseverance. Willpower. Discipline.

Tourmaline

Love. Compassion. Emotional Wellbeing.

Amazonite

Truth, Harmony, Communication.

Morganite

Divine Love. Joy. Compassion.

Pearl

Affection. Calming. Loyalty.

Green Apatite

Abundance. Gratitude. Self-awareness.

Amethyst

Protection. Calming. Spirituality.

OUR SYMBOLS

Sun

Creativity. Enlightenment. Power.

Moon

Cycles of growth. Fertility. Rebirth.

Love

Love. Wisdom. Affection.

Axe

Power. Fertilisation. Stability.

Star

Inspiration. Dream. Divine guidance.

Triangle

Unity. Feminine Elements. Rising force.

Eye

Protection. Sight. Good fortune.

Birds

Freedom. Communication. Harmony.

Circle

Wholeness. Eternity. Movement.

Cross

Purification. Peace. Faith.

Lotus

Enlightenment. Faith. Compassion.

Sword

Courage. Bravery. Strength.

Lion

Strength. Courage. Authority.

REPAIRS AND REPLATING

Temple of the Sun jewellery is designed for life's journey. For many wearers our pieces carry sentimental value, holding meaning for moments of significance and symbols of a timeless bond. Naturally over time 18K gold vermeil fades and acquires a patina, leaving it full of character but perhaps not as new as when first worn. As part of our commitment to sustainability, we encourage our wearers to love their pieces longer by offering a 6-month warranty and opportunity to refresh and re-plate their piece. This service is available for a fee after the 6-month warranty period.

Book your replating service here 

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