We use 14k gold fill and sterling silver for our main jewelry line and 14k yellow gold and 14k white gold for our fine jewelry line. All of these metals are hypoallergenic, lead-free and nickel-free.
The Difference Between Gold Fill and Gold Plated
Gold fill (or Gold filled) jewelry is made from solid gold and is filled with metals from the platinum family such as brass or sterling silver. Gold fill jewelry looks and lasts like solid gold because its outer surface IS solid gold. Gold fill items are regulated by the government and must be at least 1/20th by weight of the total product. It has become popular in the U.S. because it can maintain its shine for a lifetime.
By contrast, gold plated jewelry has a minuscule layer of solid gold applied to a brass metal core. The plating does not have to be composed of a measurable weight as it is not regulated by the government. Gold plating wears off quickly and exposes the base metal core. It till not stand up to water, heat and will tarnish and discolor over time.
All of our metals are hypoallergenic, lead-free and nickel-free which make them perfect for anyone with sensitive skin.
1. Metal hates moisture. We recommend not showering with our jewelry and storing pieces in an airtight bag when not in use.
2. 14k gold fill, 14k yellow gold and 14k white gold can be cleaned with a mild dish soap, hot water and a gentle cloth.
3. Sterling silver will tarnish over time. To bring it back to it's original state, gently rub with a polishing cloth or use baking soda and a soft cloth.