Africa Ring by 424
Produced in Los Angeles, CA; the Africa ring is .925 Sterling Silver finished in 14k Gold and 18k Gold Vermeil.
Vermeil (pronounced ver-may) is produced by coating sterling silver with carat gold. To be considered vermeil, the gold must be at least 10-carat and be at least 2.5 micrometers thick. This layer of gold is thicker than that applied using the electroplating process and will far outwear a gold plated item.
The PVD process is a trade secret that uses proprietary techniques to tightly bond a substrate containing a combination of Carbon and Titanium. The process and coating uses a vacuum chamber which blasts the piece with a DLC (Diamond-like Carbon) coating. It is commonly used by Rolex and other fine watch manufacturers. PVD is an environmentally friendly vacuum coating process with no hazardous by products resulting brilliant decorative finishes with excellent wear and corrosion resistance.