Frequently Asked Questions
What is gold vermeil please? I like solid gold things and yet like the prices of your gold vermeil items is attractive -
The word ‘vermeil’ is a French word (pronounced vermay) which came into use in the English language, mostly in America, in the 19th century as an alternative for the term silver-gilt.
At The Khalsa Raj Collection our gold vermeil pieces have heavier gold electro-plating than the U.S. industry standard, utilizing pure 24kt. yellow gold of 1.2 ten thousandths of an inch or 120 millionths of an inch in thickness. (The U.S. standard is 1 ten thousandth of an inch or 100 millionths of an inch).
It is a very reasonably priced pure 24kt. gold finish, compared to the prices of solid gold, and the highest quality option to use in place of it. We have offered it confidently for over 3 decades. It is rare that we receive a request from a client to have any of their gold vermeil jewelry items, purchased from us, re-gold plated vermeil.
A common practice in India and elsewhere in the world is utilizing flash-gold plating that is a very superficial gold finish, which often rubs off very quickly.
The US Code of Federal Regulations 16, Part 23.5 defines Vermeil: "An industry product may be described or marked as 'vermeil' if it consists of a base of sterling silver coated or plated on all significant surfaces with gold or gold alloy of not less than 10 karat fineness, that is of substantial thickness and a minimum thickness throughout equivalent to two and one half (2½) microns (or approximately 1/10,000ths of an inch) of fine gold."
Do I need to be a Sikh to wear an Adi Shakti symbol?
No, the Adi Shakti is a universal symbol of infinity and unity amidst the polarities of creation. It pre-dates the Sikh religion. It can be worn by anyone who enjoys the visual reminder that balance and cohesion is possible where one understands and respects the Oneness in diversity.
I’m looking for a necklace with a particular kind of gemstone. How can I find it easily? (This applies to looking for anything on the site)
Type in the search field (at the bottom of every page) exactly what you are looking for; the possibilities will come up.
I’m feeling anxiety and at times depressed in my life – do you have things that can help? (This could apply to almost any challenging life situation/dis-ease.
Browse the “Transformational Properties of Gems” that is listed at the bottom of each page and determine which gemstones and precious metal will assist you best to address your particular issue(s).
Why do my shipping costs seem a bit high?
All shipping costs include insurance already in the price you are charged. If your item(s) are lost or destroyed in transit to you, were are able send another immediately if available and recoup the cost of these ourselves.