VIAMAR’s carefully handcrafted collection offers travelers a convenient way to accessorize daytime and evening fashions. Wear the look of glamorous jewelry without the worry of losing expensive pieces. Featuring handset stones crafted from cubic zirconia, Swarovski or Czechoslovakian crystal, and boasting precious metal finishes of authentic 14-karat gold and genuine rhodium, our products are designed for chic travelers who seek to add that extra sparkle to their journeys. And just as every trip adds variety to your life, it can also add variety to your jewelry collection. VIAMAR offers a constantly changing selection of styles, so cutting-edge customers can always find something new. VIAMAR adds the finishing touch to a luxurious travel experience. When the well-traveled, fashion-forward adventurer in you is ready to set sail, take VIAMAR with you and collect more fun pieces during your travels.
VIAMAR fashion rings and jewelry offer affordable fashion to suit every woman’s taste with styles inspired by fine jewelry designs. Our designers and buyers search the world for the most elegant designs and latest trends in jewelry. The highest quality standards for design, material sourcing and manufacturing are integral to the VIAMAR brand. VIAMAR fashion rings are crafted with the goal of providing fashion enjoyment for that special occasion or treasured memory. The customer who buys VIAMAR rings and jewelry recognizes fine jewelry design, superior fashion quality and knows good value.
VIAMAR rings are designed and manufactured using the same processes as today’s fine jewelry pieces. Our designers create the rings and jewelry pieces using three dimension computer assisted technology. From these artistic designs and three dimensional renderings, the images are translated via computer to a wax carving tool which mills an exact 3-D wax model of the design.Around the wax model, a plaster mold is formed. The mold is heated in a kiln causing the wax to melt away, thus the name “lost wax process”. Molten metal is injected into the plaster cast, filling the voids left by the wax, and forming an exact metal duplicate of the design. The metal copy is released from the mold, hand polished and hand set with stones. Finally it is plated with the specified precious metal finish and hand polished again.
Better fashion jewelry standards which are strictly followed for VIAMAR products use quality base metals and precious finish metals to provide the weight, feel and color of real precious jewelry. VIAMAR products are nickel free.
Base Metal – Fashion jewelry is affordable because the base metal is non-precious metal. This form or setting is the “base” for the plated finish. Base metal can be brass, sterling silver, steel, pewter,copper, zinc, tin, lead, or a combination of these metal alloys. VIAMAR uses brass base exclusively for the signature fashion ring and jewelry category
Finishes – While there are a variety of metals for plating, only the best precious metal finishes are used for VIAMAR: Genuine Rhodium (a form of Platinum) looks like silver, does not tarnish and is extremely durable and Genuine 14 KT Gold are the fine finishes on VIAMAR products.
Electroplating is the process by which the fine finishes are applied. The base metal settings are lowered into large plating vats. By passing electrical current through the vats, layers of precious metal are deposited onto the settings of the rings and jewelry. The result is a perfectly even finish of precious metal over the entire piece – even into the smallest undercut or scroll of the design. You may notice that many VIAMAR rings have both finishes: rhodium (silver tone) and 14KT (gold). We call this two-tone finishing and it is a more expensive process which brings added light and beauty to the set stones. How this is achieved is quite interesting. First the ring is plated entirely with rhodium. Following this step the areas to remain silver tone are hand painted with a sealing wax. The ring is then replated with 14KT gold. The wax repels the second color of plating. The wax is finally removed revealing rhodium prongs for settings for the stones.
VIAMAR rings and jewelry are set almost exclusively with high quality cubic zirconia stones. For some styles, generally for the pave effect, crystals are the standard specified. Any pearls in Edco rings are simulated while the onyx, hematite, marcasite and mother of pearl are genuine. Following is some background on cubic zirconia.Cubic Zirconia (CZ) is known as the ultimate diamond simulant. There is no synthetic gemstone on the market that has had greater impact on the jewelry industry.
CZ originated in Russia as part of laser technology. Someone noticed the material looked appealing in jewelry and that it possessed qualities that resembled a diamond. CZ is a created crystal gemstone made from metal, Zirconium Oxide, with another added component and heated to extremely high internal temperatures then cooled. As the molten materials cool, crystals are formed. From these crystals the cubic zirconia stones are cut. Finished stones can have different shapes and colors. CZ stones measure 8.5-9.0 on the hardness scale which is very high. A diamond measures 10.
VIAMAR sized rings come with a Lifetime Limited Guarantee. Should the consumer experience dissatisfaction with normal wear, the VIAMAR piece will be repaired or replaced at no cost with the same item or one of equal value. There is a small fee for shipping/handling.
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