Our Jewelry and Materials
Ancient jewelry is spectacular, and it has so many admirers. We hope you will love our collection. We would like our jewelry to be accessible to everyone, so each piece is available in the following metal choices: 925 Sterling Silver, 18 Karat Gold Over Sterling Silver, 14 Karat Solid Gold, and 18 Karat Solid Gold. Our AMOR~ROMAE pieces are available in Yellow Silver. There are many price points.
We also offer 22 Karat Solid Gold or 24 Karat Solid Gold for each piece, as well as precious stone substitutions, such as diamonds, rubies and sapphires. If you would like your jewelry specially made in these ways, please contact us for information.
Sterling Silver, Yellow Silver and Gold Vermeil: Care Instructions and Our Free Replating Service
925 Sterling Silver is a high quality metal that is 92.5% silver. It has a brilliant shine, it is lightweight, and it is durable, making it a very wearable and popular metal choice. Yellow Silver is an alloy consisting of brass (86%) and silver (14%), which has the dazzling appearance of a yellow gold.
Our 18 karat gold-plated pieces are made with the gold micron plating process known as vermeil. This technique, also called heavy gold plating, is of the highest quality, and there are regulations that must be met in order for the plating process to qualify as micron plating. These are that the underlying metal must be sterling silver, the gold must be at least 10K (ours is 18K), and finally, the gold plating must be of a certain thickness - usually over 2.5 microns (we use 3). These requirements guarantee that your piece is made of the best materials, and that the gold finish will last for many years.
Both 925 sterling silver and gold vermeil (because of its silver core) may tarnish over time. Yellow silver may tarnish (because of the silver content), or it may turn slightly greenish (because of the brass content); these are both processes that happens naturally over time when it is exposed to air and moisture. Brass itself is an alloy of zinc (33%) and copper (67%). Copper, when exposed to the air for long periods, might turn slightly green or brown-green. The green is known as verdigris, and the brownish-green oxidation is often referred to as a patina.
That is why we include an anti-tarnish strip with every purchase. These little squares of fabric are quite wonderful, and they are safe for gold and other metals, too. Simply store the strip in the same container as your jewelry, and it will protect all of your gold, silver and other metals from harmful elements that can cause the tarnishing and discoloration. Each strip protects jewelry closed in a dry space up to 30 cubic inches, for a period of 12 months. Silver or vermeil jewelry may also be cleaned (and tarnish removed) by wiping gently with a silver polishing cloth.
Furthermore, in order to preserve the vermeil and ensure a longer life for your jewelry, we suggest keeping the jewelry away from chemicals such as perfumes, hairsprays, soaps and creams, and that it is removed before swimming in a pool or in the sea. When not worn, all jewelry should be stored in a dry and well-sealed location.
If you find that your piece of ROMAE jewelry is in need, we offer a free replating service! Simply contact us and we will make arrangements to have your piece of ROMAE jewelry freshly replated with a new gold coating, to make it look brand new and add years of wear to its life.
Jewelry Fabrication Centers
ROMAE Jewelry has two design and production centers, Rome and New York City, while some of our pieces are finely crafted too in Turkey and in Thailand. Every piece of jewelry we make receives specialized attention, as it is individually cast and hand finished, and stamped with the ROMAE Jewelry logo on the interior. Your jewelry will also arrive with a card providing details about the original piece of ancient jewelry that inspired our creation, so that you may know its long history.
If you would like to request that your piece is created in Rome, please specify in the Special Instructions area of the product page. We are happy to special deliver your piece from the heart of Rome. Enjoy!
Our bangle bracelets are measured in terms of their circumference, or length around the bracelet. Each size is given in both inches and centimeters. To find the proper size bangle for you, you may use an online measuring chart, or you may measure your hand! First, hold your hand in front of you as if you were putting on a bangle, with your thumb and little finger touching. Second, with a tape measure or strip of paper, measure around your hand at its widest point, snugly. This is the measurement of the circumference of your hand, and is the minimum size of the bracelet that you should order. Keep in mind that you may want to add 1/4" to your hand measurement, when choosing your bangle size, to ensure ease of putting on the bangle, though you should not choose a bracelet size that is too large, because the bracelet may then easily fall off, while being worn. A good idea may be to measure the circumference of a favorite bangle that you already have, and order that size!
Our rings follow the American measuring system, with sizes 4 - 14. To determine your ring size, it may be a good idea to measure a favorite ring that you already wear. Or, you may measure the ring size of the finger where you intend to wear the ring. For this, it may be easiest to use one of the online measuring tools, following the directions carefully. After we create your ring, we will double check its size before shipping it to you, to make sure that your ring is perfect, and the size that you ordered. Please note that we are very happy to make special order ring sizes! Please contact us for more information.
Roman earrings often had a very curved hook at the back. We are happy to revive this tradition and earring form, as these hooks also make the earrings more secure. The best and easiest way to insert these earrings is by starting with them turned upside down, and then once through the ear, rotating them upright.
Our ankle bracelets are bangles, and are available in 1 centimeter size increments, from 25 to 40 centimeters, in circumference. To find your correct measurement, point your toes, and then measure the distance around your foot at the largest part - from the heel to the bend at the top of your foot where it joins your leg.
2023 Jewelry Catalog
Please contact us if you'd like to receive a catalog and price list, via email (downloadable).
Policy on Selling to Current Students
Cris has a very strict policy that ROMAE may not sell to her current students or their families. However, students and families are warmly invited to contact us at any time (we love hearing from you!), and to order our jewelry at any time after the student has completed the course or program with her and grades have been submitted. Thank you so much for understanding!