Stylishly encapsulating South Africa through wearable art, Verus Fine Jewellery brings you a collection of hand-crafted jewellery for men and women, which masterfully captures the essence of our remarkable country. Made with ethically sourced and natural stones, their commitment is a pure one; beautiful jewellery crafted with artisanal talent and integrity as a homage to Africa.
This fine jewellery brand was founded by Candice Ilic and Gill Eerenstein. The collections are designed to encourage you to create your own personal statement and to have the freedom to change the mood of your style from day-to-day. Every item that they create is one that they wear themselves. Verus is a beautiful, personal journey together and they are proud to share it with their customers.
“The words that I live by in life are -conscious awareness, understated, and minimalism. This is what we try to reflect in our jewellery. We keep our metals and stones as organic as possible while being ecologically aware. To this, we add a dash of edgy sensuality with our designs. Candice and I are meticulous in creating handmade pieces that are easy to wear. With the combination of our style, manufacturing skills, and design inspiration we are able to bring you timeless, contemporary, beautiful jewellery,” says Gill.
“What we choose in life defines us. It is about so much more than pretty things. Joining Gill, a kindred spirit has given me the opportunity to co-create beautiful, ethical, artisanal jewellery, My own jewellery, above anything else that I select to wear, is personal and meaningful to me and I take pride in our collections which gives our customers the same opportunity. In addition, I love working with our small, skilled team. I adore the perfect and delicate pieces we create, and I am continually excited to share the adventure with you! Our strength as a team lies in our appreciation of one another individual ideas, together with our deep and aligned principles. Verus represents our love of understated, authentic, and ethically conscious design. We like to keep things simple, but exceptional. Every item that we create is one that we wear ourselves. Verus is a beautiful, personal journey together and we are proud to share it with our customers,” says Candice.
WHAT VERUS SAYS ABOUT THEIR JEWELLERY:
We offer 9k and 18k gold, and where possible, we now offer 14k gold. What’s the difference? Each contains more pure gold as the K weight increases. 9K is comprised of 37,5 percent pure gold, 14k contains 58.3 percent, and our most expensive option 18k contains 75 percent (the balance of the yellow gold value is made up of silver and for rose gold, we add a mix of silver and copper). The reason we don’t design with 24k is due to its softness, making it unsuitable to work with. We create primarily in rose and yellow gold, and on request, make up pieces in white gold. White gold is pricier than yellow and rose gold and needs to be rhodium plated to achieve a brighter appearance.
Sterling silver in South Africa is 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent other metals and we comply with this regulation.
Verus Fine Jewellery offers rose gold plating for certain silver pieces (a popular accepted standard is 1.5micrometres thick using 10k gold). We plate our sterling silver with 3 to 5 microns thick using 18k gold. Plating is non-permanent (it’s a thin layer of metal coating the sterling silver) and so be aware that it does wear off over time, affected by care and frequency of wear. This can be further influenced by chemicals such as chlorine, detergents, perfumes, and body lotions as well as sunscreens. Plating can also be influenced by skin acidity which shortens the lifespan of the coating. Once the gold plating wears off, the piece will return to a silver hue, but it can be re-plated. We offer one free re-plating service and further plating for a nominal fee.
A piece of blackened or oxidized silver is true sterling silver, but its surface has been intentionally darkened by introducing it to a chemical process. A layer of silver sulphide forms on the exterior of the metal giving it a blackened look. We use a chemical compound such as liver of sulphur (potassium sulphide) to create the matt gunmetal black surface on silver jewellery. Like other patinas, oxidized silver is just a surface treatment and does not change the internal colour or properties of the metal. Therefore, only the top layer of metal particles has been given that blackened colour, and over time, depending on the amount of wear and how you care for your pieces, the oxidized finish will polish off and the true colour of the silver will shine through. This means your piece will evolve.
To care for it properly, remove your oxidized silver jewellery before aggressive contact, and also when showering or washing your hands so that you prolong the dark colour. In general, oxidized silver jewellery should not be cleaned with jewellery cleaning dips or heavily polished so that will strip off the blackened surface. If cleaning is necessary, use mild dish detergent and a soft toothbrush with as little rubbing as possible.
The oxidized finish of jewellery can be restored at any time. We offer one free treatment and thereafter we can treat it for a nominal fee.