Sterling Silver Jewelry Manufactured in New England

For nearly fifty years, Newport Sterling has been recognized as one of the oldest and most respected silver jewelry wholesale manufacturers in the United States. Our 15,000 square foot facility, located on beautiful Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, is responsible for each and every piece we make. As a silver jewelry designer following the tradition of New England silversmiths, we use only the highest quality processes when making our wide assortment of die struck sterling silver picture frames, key chains, bracelets, necklaces, cuff links, rings, baby gifts and more. Few online retailers out there can make our guarantee: the authenticity and quality of our 100% American made luxury jewelry and fine gifts.

 

 

Learning Center

The Newport Sterling Learning Center is provides  helpful details and care of the fine jewelry and gift items we offer. Newport Sterling brand represents fine quality. You should feel completely comfortable with your purchase, so feel free to ask for additional information or request custom modifications. 

Our manufacturing plant has been servicing New York, the East Coast, and Natonwide with top quality products for over 45 years. For more information on sourcing and purchasing our original and customized items, visit Wholesale Silver Jewelry New York.

You can contact our customer service at:

email: info@newportsterling.com

telephone:1.800.459.1800 during our regular business hours (Monday through Friday 8AM to 5PM Eastern Standard Time). 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Jewelry Learning Center Topics:

  • Silver

  • Gold

  • Platinum

  • Pearls

  • Diamonds

  • Ring Sizes

  • Engraving

 

SILVER

The art of silver working dates back to ancient times, where silver was used to create household items, jewelry, and decorative ornamentation of all kinds. Coins were also crafted from fine silver. Newport Sterling pieces are made in our manufacturing facility in Rhode Island in the manner of the great New England silversmiths. 
 
PURITY - In its natural state, pure silver is very soft, so it is often alloyed with copper for strength. All of our sterling silver items are marked with the words “sterling silver” or “.925”. The number .925 means that the alloy is at least 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper.   This quality stamp is your assurance of strength, beauty, and worth.
 
FINISH – Silver is a highly reflective and bright metal, and over time silver jewelry develops a patina through frequent use.
 
Available finishes are:
High Polished – a high gloss, shiny finish
Matte – a soft, bushed look achieved by rubbing with an abrasive
Oxidized – Chemically blackened to look aged
 
CARE - With proper care, your fine quality silver will last a lifetime. Your sterling silver jewelry should be stored in a cool, dry place to avoid oxidation. Do not store your silver directly on wood, which often contains acids that can affect silver’s finish. Avoid exposing your silver to household chemicals when cleaning with bleach or ammonia, or when swimming in chlorinated water, as these chemicals can damage silver. 
 
Newport Sterling items are shipped in an anti-tarnish pouch that are perfect for storing your jewelry. This will protect the finish from scratches, and can even be used to polish the piece. Although wearing your silver jewelry often is the best way to prevent tarnish from building up, regular cleaning using a silver polish or a treated polishing cloth to return the piece to its original luster. 

GOLD 

Throughout history gold has been sought after for its beauty, radiance, and intrinsic worth - capturing the imagination of entire civilizations. Gold speaks to us in profound ways. Gold jewelry can be offered as a gift of love, or adorned as an expression of individual style. It can be given to celebrate an important event, or worn as a reminder of someone special. 
 
Gold is nearly indestructible. Therefore, virtually all of the gold ever mined is still above ground today in one form or another. 
 
PURITY – The purity of gold is measured in karats. Pure gold is 24 karat, while 18 karat gold is 75 percent gold and 25 percent alloy. The price of gold jewelry is dependent upon the purity of the gold used or karat weight, as well as the design and construction of the piece of jewelry.
When karat weight, or gold percentage, of jewelry is high, the yellow color of gold is brighter, raising the value of the jewelry. Newport Sterling uses 18 karat gold exclusively in its manufacturing to ensure you the most beautiful gold jewelry available.
 
COLOR - Gold color is determined by the percentage of alloys that are included in the metal. When gold is alloyed with silver, copper, and zinc, the shade of color will vary. When gold is alloyed with nickel, copper, and zinc, it becomes white gold. Yellow gold and white gold have very similar strength and malleability.
 
CARE - Keep your gold jewelry away from harsh chemicals such as chlorine and cleaning fluids. This will reduce daily abrasions and prolong your gold's luster. To clean gold jewelry, use a solution of warm water and detergent-free soap and wash gold gently with a soft-bristled brush. 
 
Newport Sterling items are shipped in fabric pouches that can be used to store the jewelry. This will protect the finish from scratches, and can be used as a polishing cloth.

PLATINUM 

The most appealing characteristic of platinum is its durability. Its strength and its cool white sheen makes platinum the most popular metal of choice for precious stone settings, as it accentuates the sparkle and brilliance of a diamond or gemstone.
 
PURITY - Most platinum jewelry is 95 percent pure platinum, and 5 percent iridium or palladium alloy. For guaranteed quality in platinum, look for the marks “950 Plat” or “Plat”.
 
CARE - To clean platinum jewelry, use a solution of warm water and detergent-free soap and wash gently with a soft-bristled brush. 

PEARLS

Because of the scarcity of natural pearls, most pearls today are cultured pearls. A tiny bead is implanted in an oyster, so that it is gradually coated in layers of a beautiful, pearlescent substance called nacre which build up to create a lustrous pearl. The quality and thickness of this nacre impact the beauty and pricing of cultured pearls.
 
Akoya pearls are the specialty of Japanese pearl farms. The first pearls to be cultured early in the 1920s, their white color and rosé overtone complement a fair complexion. Because Akoya pearls are a high-quality pearl, you’ll find them set with 18k gold posts and clasps, and you'll find they are well matched for size, shape, and color.
 
We offer some of the finest Akoya pearls available today. Our pearl buyers select their pearls from the finest five percent of an Akoya pearl harvest, assuring you the finest pearls available. The color, spotless surface, deep luster, and perfectly round shape are what set our Akoya pearls apart. These are heirloom quality pearls.

Freshwater Pearls

Most Freshwater pearls come from China, and are the product of an elaborate process in which a single resilient mussel can be harvested many times, yielding several pearls at a time. To provide these pearls at an exceptional value, we offer them with good levels of quality, and set with 14k gold posts and clasps, or accented with sterling silver.
 
The Freshwater pearl looks remarkably similar to the Akoya pearl, but Freshwater pearls are available for a fraction of the price of Akoya pearls. The only tradeoff is that Freshwater pearls are generally smaller, less symmetrical, and not as well matched when strung on a strand. But if you’re looking for pearls at an outstanding value, Freshwater pearls are just right.
 
Freshwater pearls are available in a variety of shapes, with the rounder shapes being more valuable. Due to their lower cost, Freshwater pearls are often used in more fashion forward and contemporary styles.

Tahitian Pearls

Our Tahitian pearls are cultivated from the pinctada maxima oyster which reaches a foot or more in diameter, and produces very large pearls. This oyster is very sensitive to the pearl culturing process, which makes the pearls very costly to produce. The natural black color of these pearls comes from the color of the oyster’s black lips. The color of these pearls are can range from metallic silver, to almost black. Within this range of colors they can have bluish, purplish, or greenish overtones. Since our Tahitian pearls are so large and dramatic, we feature them in spectacular settings incorporating 18 karat gold and diamonds.
 
SIZE - Pearls are measured by their diameter in millimeters, with the larger pearls being more valuable.   The most popular size pearls for strands are between 6 to 7.5 millimeters.
 
CARE - With special attention and care, your pearls will last a lifetime. Keep them away from household chemicals such as hair spray, makeup, and perfume which can dull their luster over time and cause spots and blotches. Also, pearls are quite soft, so for the longest-lasting pearls choose those with thick nacre that can help them withstand wear over time.

DIAMONDS

Diamonds are mined in many parts of the world today. Their unrivaled strength and beauty make them timeless and treasured possessions. Diamonds are selected and valued based on the 4 c’s – Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat weight.
 
CUT – The passage of light through the facets cut in the diamond determine its brilliance
 
COLOR - Acting as a prism, a diamond can divide light into a spectrum of colors and reflect this light as colorful flashes called fire. The less color in a diamond, the more colorful the fire, and the better the color grade. The color scale ranges from D to Z. 
D: Absolutely colorless. Very rare.
E: Colorless. Only minute traces of color can be detected by an expert gemologist. Rare.
F: Colorless. Some slight color detected by an expert gemologist. High-quality.
G-H: Near colorless. Color noticeable when compared to diamonds of better grades. Excellent value.
I-J: Near-colorless. Color slightly detectable. An excellent value.
K-Z: Color readily detectible. Inexpensive diamond.
 
CLARITY - Diamonds that are absolutely clear are the most sought-after and therefore the most expensive. But many diamonds have inclusions— scratches, trace minerals or other tiny characteristics that can detract from the pure beauty of the diamond. Diamonds are rated for clarity as follows:
 
FL: Flawless. Very rare and beautiful diamonds.
VS1 and V VS2: Very slightly included. Even under 10x magnification it is difficult to see any inclusions. 
VS1 and VS2: Very slightly included. Inclusions are usually not visible to the unaided eye.
SI1, SI2: Slightly included. Inclusions are visible under 10x magnification, and may be visible with an unaided eye. An excellent diamond value.
I1, I2, I3: Included. Visible to the naked eye.

Carat Weight

The size of the diamond is stated in terms of carat weight. Since it is rare to find large diamonds, larger stones are much more valuable. When purchasing a piece of jewelry or a pair of earrings, the combined weight of the diamonds will be stated as its total carat weight (.ctw). 

Ring Size

Measure your finger when your fingers are at room temperature, since they will be a bit smaller when cold. If you want to surprise someone, try to borrow one of their rings, slide it onto a tapered candle until it stops, and measure the candle at that point using the method described below:
 
1.     Wrap a piece of string or thin strip of paper around the base of the finger to be sized. Make sure it fits snuggly and can slip over the knuckle.
2.     With a pen, mark the point on the string or paper where it overlaps.
3.     Measure the length from the starting end of the string or paper to the pen mark using a ruler with a millimeter measurement.
4.     Find your measurement on the chart below.
 
Ring Size
Measured Size in mm
4
46.5
4.5
47.8
5
49
5.5
50.3
6
51.5
6.5
52.8
7
54
7.5
55.3
8
56.6
8.5
57.8
9
59.1
9.5
60.3
10
61.6
10.5
62.8
11
64.1
11.5
65.3
12
66.6
12.5
67.9
13
69.1

Engraving 

Nothing makes a gift more special than adding initials, a special phrase, or a significant date. Many of our jewelry and gift items can be personalized. We use diamond etching, swiss-engine turned engraving, laser engraving and blind stamping to customize our products. If you have any special requests (like engraving on both sides of an item, adding a logo or other image) feel free to contact us at 1.800.459.1800. A sample of our stock images ready for engraving appear below.
 
Please remember that personalized items are considered special orders and are not eligible for our 30-day return policy, unless the return is due to an error on our part.

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