Azotic® Designer Gemstone Enhancement Fact Sheet
Azotic LLC enhances the surface of the gemstone to improve the optical properties of natural or man-made gemstones. The properties of the individual gemstone (quality of substrate, faceting, cut and polish) will affect the finished product (color, brilliance and clarity).
The gemstones that have the Azotic® enhancement are produced by utilizing a thin-film optical treatment. This method is known within the technical industry as Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD). The PVD method is unique: utilizing various minerals, oxygen and high vacuum.
Azotic LLC provides the gemstone world a kaleidoscope of colors on select substrates for a price that is affordable. PVD is considered to be environmentally "green" since no radiation or harsh chemicals are utilized.
Jewelry manufacturers have been creating designer jewelry for years. Today, Azotic LLC can create a Surface Enhanced Designer Gemstone™ to make any design unique. The Azotic® Surface Enhanced Gemstones are protected by USA PATENT NUMBERs 5,853,826, 6,997,014 and 7,137,275. Azotic LLC WILL pursue ANY patent infringement activity afforded under USA PATENT LAWS on behalf of our products, protecting the investment of Azotic LLC as well as the customers.
Azotic LLC has the experience and high volume capacity to handle your gemstone requirements. Large volume orders are handled through authorized resellers, providing the customer with the best combination of availability, price, quality and experience
The thin film treatment applied to gemstones is durable and hard. The treated layer is only microns in thickness. It is not deposited in thick layers. If the wearer utilizes care, the enhancement will last the life of the jewelry setting.
When setting the Azotic® Surface Enhanced Designer Gemstones™ into jewelry, the jewelry manufacturer should take care in the training of the employees. The manufacturer should emphasize that the Azotic® Surface Enhanced Designer Gemstones™ are to be treated as you would an opal or pearl. Education is the key to success at this stage.
The Azotic® Surface Enhanced Designer Gemstone™ should not be exposed to any abrasives or acids. Ultrasonic cleaners may contain a pickling solution that would cause damage to the surface of the gemstone. Azotic suggests ultrasonics only be used with soap and water.
Abrasive cloths may scratch the Azotic® enhanced surface of the gemstone. This may not remove the treatment, but scratching the optical surface will affect the reflection of light traveling through the gemstone. This influences the color and clarity of the gemstone.
High heat may adversely affect the refractive index and eliminate color intensity. Heat should NOT be applied to the enhanced surface of the gemstone.
When setting the jewelry, all work should be done to the jewelry prior to placing the Azotic® enhanced gemstone into the setting. This will assure no damage is done to the Azotic® enhanced gemstone.
Azotic LLC only recommends cleaners that are safe for pearls or opals. In fact, Azotic LLC uses "American" Windex and "Jewel Brite" to clean the Azotic® enhanced gemstones in our inventory. A mild soap and water rinse also works well.
Azotic® Surface Enhancements may be to the Pavilion of the gemstone or to the Table depending on the process.
The type of enhancement will determine where the gemstone is enhanced (Table/Pavilion). To avoid problems, maintain the rule to treat all enhanced gemstones as an opal or pearl. Avoid all abrasives, acids, scouring powders, jeweler's rouges, polishing cloths or mechanical polishing to the gemstone itself.