MEAU’s jewelry is made to order. This means that the production process is not started until we receive your order. Not only does this make your jewelry extra personal, it is also a sustainable option because it helps us avoid overproduction.
MEAU’s “custom made” jewelry is made to order. This process takes an average of 3 weeks. Vintage jewelry is shipped within 1 to 3 business days. Would you like to have your vintage ring customized? Then allow for a shipping time of about one week. For more information, see Payment and Shipping
It is possible to make a fitting appointment via this link to visit our showroom in Alphen aan den Rijn. You will then have the opportunity to come see, try on and shop all the jewelry in real life!
The vintage jewelry is jewelry found during our “scavenger hunt” for beautiful, special and unique vintage items. We find the jewelry in various places and have belonged to another owner. Some rings are even from the 19th century, others, for example, from the early 20th century, as well as from the 1960s, 1970s or the 1990s.
Because this jewelry is not purchased from a wholesaler or manufacturer and is not “newly” produced, only the size we found is available.
The collection of vintage jewelry is regularly replenished, who knows, maybe your size will be among them! It is also possible to have the ring customized to your own ring size. See: Resizing.
Pure gold, like pure silver, is too soft to wear as jewelry. Therefore, other material is added to make it harder and to make it more workable so that we can wear gold as jewelry. Gold is alloyed.
Pure gold is referred to as 24 karat gold, or 1,000 parts gold. By 8 carats of gold, it is meant that 8 parts of 24 are gold, or 333 parts of 1,000 parts of gold. So you sometimes see the hallmark 333 on jewelry to indicate how many carats of gold the jewelry has. At 14 carats, there are 14 parts out of 24 parts of gold, or 585 parts out of 1,000 parts. 585 is also used as a hallmark. The same goes for 18 karat gold, here 18 parts of 24 parts gold, so 750 parts of 1,000 parts. Thus, there are multiple levels, usually up to 22 carats of gold.
Yes, even 9 karat is real and solid gold. Despite not being marked/recognized as gold in the Netherlands, 9 karat is indeed made of real gold. What is recognized as gold is different in each country. For example, while 9 carats is simply recognized as real gold in England, Italy again maintains 18 carats. In Germany, they even know 8-carat gold. In the Netherlands, 14 carats is held to be “real gold.”
To enjoy your gold jewelry for as long as possible, below we provide some tips on how to best handle your jewelry:
Do not use a (chemical) jewelry bath on jewelry that contains gemstones. The chemicals used in this can corrode the gemstone.
Soap, shampoo, hairspray, perfume and products like that could tarnish your jewelry or gemstone. To keep your jewelry beautiful for as long as possible, we recommend taking the jewelry off briefly while washing your hands and grooming.
We also recommend putting your jewelry away for a while while sleeping and exercising. It is best to store your jewelry in a (jewelry) box with a soft fabric.
You can always have your jewelry professionally cleaned at a jeweler or goldsmith. If you prefer to clean your jewelry at home, make a suds with a small amount of green soap. With this you can gently clean your jewelry. If necessary, use a soft and clean toothbrush if the jewelry is a bit dirtier. Rinse the jewelry and dry gently with a soft microfiber cloth.
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