LA Parisien Design Company


Silver is stunning. Pure silver is the most lustrous precious metal. It reflects 90 percent of light, making it visually bright and luminous.

Pure silver is too soft and easily damaged. In order to make jewelry such as, silver bracelets or silver chain necklaces, silver is alloyed with other metals, rendering it harder and gives it properties perfect for jewelry.

Sterling Silver is the most popular silver alloy in the world. Sterling Silver is 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper. It is readily used in silver bracelets and silver chain necklaces. The alloy is harder and stronger than pure silver, which makes it ideal for jewelry.

While silver is not as rare as gold or platinum, it is still a fairly rare metal, making up only 73 parts per billion of the Earth. Silver jewelry is also more affordable than gold jewelry and platinum jewelry.
* Sterling Silver is 92.5 percent pure silver and 7.5 percent copper.
* Standard Silver hallmarks are the stamp “STER” and/or “925,” “92.5,” and “.925,” accompanied by a stamp of the country of origin or manufacturer.
* Sterling silver’s versatility and affordability create limitless options for fashionable jewelry
* Sterling silver is soft, and susceptible to scratching and wear.
* Sterling silver will react with oxygen and develop a gray, black, or reddish tarnish.
* Sterling silver is corrosive, and is that it is highly reactive with environmental toxins and normal elements such as table salt.


Gold is popular because it can be worked into almost any shape. White Gold is popular for its appearance and price point compared to platinum alloys.

Technically there is no such thing as 'White Gold.' Gold can be lightened by combining it with light metals but we plate all White Gold pieces with Rhodium; a member of the platinum family and the whitest precious metal after silver. This rhodium plating creates a hard skin with good resistance. Over time plating may wear through. Re-plating is a fairly simple process, depending on the condition of the piece. In most cases this will be done approximately as often as a platinum ring requires re-polishing, although a fine plating job may last longer than a polish on platinum due to the superior hardness of rhodium.
* 18K gold is the most recognized global standard and will be marked '18K' in the USA and '750' in Europe.
* 14K gold will be marked '14K' in the USA and '585' in Europe.
* White gold, alloyed with Palladium requires rhodium plating and re-plating over time, depending on wear
* Gold is very workable, less ductile than other metals
* Yellow gold jewelry of 18K and above does not tarnish and rarely causes problems for people with skin irritations.


Platinum is generally 95% pure (18 karat gold is 75% pure), platinum jewelry does not fade or tarnish and keeps its looks for a lifetime. Platinum's purity makes it hypoallergenic and ideal for those with sensitive skin. There is very little platinum on this earth and it is found in very few places around the world. This exquisite metal is 30 times rarer than gold.

Platinum jewelry is the perfect choice for a lifetime of everyday wear. Its density and weight make it more durable than other jewelry metals.
* 95% platinum is the world standard, marked 950 plat in country of origin
* Platinum does not fade or tarnish and is ideal for those with sensitive skin because it is hypoallergenic.
* When platinum scratches, none of the volume is lost, the metal is merely displaced as ridges are raised on the edge of the scratch
* Platinum is versatile. In addition to its strength and density, platinum is pliable, so much so that just one gram of the metal can be drawn to produce a fine wire over one mile long. This quality has enabled jewelers to create some amazing versatile platinum mesh accessories, which could not be fashioned from other precious metals.
* Platinum is the most expensive metal used for the manufacture of fine jewelry, as compared to Gold, Palladium, Steel, Titanium, Tungsten Carbide, or Cobalt.


Palladium is a platinum group metal that has been in use for jewelry since 1939. With platinum skyrocketing in price the past two years, palladium has seen resurgence in jewelry use as it offers similar benefits to platinum, but at pricing comparable to 18k white gold. Ironically, palladium is much rarer than gold (30x) in terms of quantities mined.

Pure palladium for jewelry is 95% palladium, and usually 5% ruthenium (ruthenium is often mixed with platinum as well). Because it is a platinum group metal, it offers the several jewelry related benefits.
* 95% platinum is the world standard, marked PD950 in country of origin
* Palladium is hypoallergenic. Unlike white gold, which is usually mixed with nickel and thus can cause allergic reactions, palladium has no allergy issues.
* Palladium has a true white color. White gold has a yellowish tint in its natural state, since it is yellow gold mixed with nickel in an effort to make it white, but it results in a grey/yellow metal - this is overcome by plating it with rhodium to give it the platinum white look, but the rhodium will wear off over time. However, palladium is naturally a pure white, will not yellow over time, and does not need rhodium plating.
* Palladium is 10% stronger than platinum, meaning it can wear longer without as much scratching.
* Palladium costs less than half of platinum. Palladium does not have as many industrial uses as platinum, and because it is only lightly used in the jewelry industry (currently), its pricing has not seen the recent spikes of gold and platinum.
* Palladium is harder to work with in casting.
* Palladium is lighter than platinum (about the same as white gold in weight) - this can be a negative as many people appreciate the hefty feel of platinum.

Tungsten and Carbide powders are forged together at 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit to form rings that are virtually indestructible and scratch proof. Then, they are polished with a diamond compound, resulting in a polish and shine that will last forever. Tungsten rings offer the perfect combination of unbelievable strength with style and comfort.

With gold, platinum and even titanium rings, you will notice varying degrees of scratching, denting and surface mars. However, with tungsten rings, the surface will maintain its original beautiful shiny finish.

Many people also enjoy the heavy weight of a tungsten ring. The enduring polish of Tungsten ring together with the solid weight, speak of commitment, security, and an everlasting bond.
* Tungsten carbide has a dark metallic color, and significant weight.
* There is no world standard mark for Tungsten carbide.
* Often, the letters “WC” or the words “Tungsten Carbide” are stamped inside the ring, accompanied by a stamp of the country of origin or manufacturer.
* Tungsten rings are the most wear resistant rings available on the planet. Tungsten is about 10 times harder than 18K Gold, 5 times harder than tool steel, and 4 times harder than titanium.
* Tungsten measures between 8 and 9 on the Mohs hardness scale. (Diamonds are a 10 - the highest.) Due to their extreme hardness, Tungsten Rings will hold their shape and shine longer than any ring on the market.
* Tungsten rings will NOT bend, however, in the event of an emergency, a ring can be removed by a medical professional.


Cobalt is a hard, lustrous, grey metal, a chemical element with symbol Co and atomic number 27. Although cobalt-based colors and pigments have been used since ancient times for making jewelry and paints, and miners have long used the name kobold ore for some minerals, the free metallic cobalt was not prepared and discovered until 1735 by Georg Brandt.
* Cobalt is a ferromagnetic metal. Pure cobalt is not found in nature, but compounds of cobalt are common.
* Small amounts of it are found in most rocks, soil, plants, and animals. It is the element of atomic number 27.
* Cobalt has a hardness of 5.5 on the Mohs scale of Mineral hardness.
* There is no world standard mark for Cobalt. Often, the letters “CO” or words “Cobalt” are stamped inside the ring, accompanied by a stamp of the country of origin or manufacturer.
* Cobalt is the whitest contemporary material offered today.
* Cobalt is natural, and is less dense than other materials, allowing for greater height and shape to be yielded into designs.
* Cobalt is hard. Platinum is approximately 140 Vickers as compared to Cobalt which is 450 Vickers. When the Vickers hardness increases to such a point, it becomes, in theory, “too hard” making it a brittle-like material. It’s this Vickers hardness that gives Cobalt such durability and wearability.
* Cobalt is not only hypoallergenic; it is bio-compatible to the body. It is certified by the American Medical Association.
* Cobalt is designed and jeweled just as precious metals are. With Cobalt, the possibilities are unlimited in design, as it is possible to sculpt and form it.
* Although cobalt is an essential element for life in minute amounts, at higher levels of exposure it shows mutagenic and carcinogenic effects similar to nickel.
* Cobalt is soft and susceptible to scratching and wear.
* Powdered Cobalt in metal form is a fire hazard.
* After nickel and chromium, cobalt is a major cause of contact dermatitis.

 Comfort fit bands are designed with a rounded inside so they slide on easier and sit on your finger more comfortably, as the name suggests. There are degrees of comfort fit, as well. "Light comfort fit" may only be very slightly rounded on the inside, "heavy comfort fit" will be a very thick (from inside to outside) band, and then the regular comfort fit is somewhere in between.

Comfort fit, or internally round, bands are definitely more comfortable for people who have to frequently remove their rings, and for people who are not used to wearing rings, so they are especially popular among men. Because comfort fit rings are thicker from inside to out, they have more metal content than standard rings and may be much more expensive. Regular "half-round" rings don't have the luxurious feel of a comfort fit band, but the truth is that once the ring is on your finger, you don't feel much of a difference.

No matter what you're wearing, if it's on your finger for the rest of your life, eventually you get used to it. It's up to you to decide if the extra cost of a comfort fit band is worth it to you.



Iron based alloys have a medical history extending over three hundred years. Corrosion resistant stainless steels were developed in the 18th century, containing a minimum of 10% chromium. As Technology developed, this unique surgical implant material evolved as well and achieved its inert characteristics through the formation of an invisible and adherent chromium-rich oxide surface film. The most oxidization resistant steels are 300 series steels and are mostly used for material implants as well as for body jewelry. Our jewelry uses a high grade steel from 300 series called Grade316L, which are best suitable for invasive body piercing and do not release nickel salts into the body or induce contact nickel dermatitis. Stainless steel products are finished using a unique technique called Electro polishing, which is a sophisticated surface polishing technique, where electrochemical activity slowly eats away a thin surface layer from the jewelry surface, resulting in micro smoothing. The surface's result is extremely smooth finish.
* There is no standard hallmark for stainless steel. Occasionally, the mark SS may appear, along with the corresponding SAE designation.
* Discriminating persons from varying backgrounds like the solid, nearly indestructible nature of jewelry that is hand carved from a solid piece of stainless steel.
* Stainless Steel Jewelry doesn't rust. It doesn't discolor some skin types like other more traditionally used alloys.
* Ultra-high-grade stainless steel is non-magnetic, looks just like Platinum but 1,000 times stronger than platinum at a fraction of the cost.
 * Stainless steel’s strength also limits jewelry options.
* Stainless steel cannot be used to make delicate designs.
* Stainless steel is so tough that resizing rings is difficult for most bench jewelers – though many manufacturers do offer a resizing service to retailers who cannot resize the rings themselves.


Rhodium is the rarest and most expensive of all metals used in jewelry. Less than 3 tonnes of Rhodium is mined each year. 24 carat gold jewelry is considered expensive by most people. A Rhodium piece constructed in exactly the same manner would cost approximately 10 times as much. Rhodium is still commonly used in jewelry but almost entirely as protective plating on gold and silver pieces. Rhodium is extremely hard, has a beautiful luster and will virtually eliminate tarnish. Silver jewelry which is plated in Rhodium is often referred to as ‘anti-tarnish’ silver. Jewelry which has Rhodium plating will appear brighter and last longer in a better condition than an equivalent piece. Rhodium finishing is relatively common and now quite affordable. The only downside to Rhodium plating is that is usually only available on White Gold and Silver pieces due to its white appearance.