Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver

What it is: 
- The world’s most used, and loved, silver alloy. Aka .925 Sterling Silver. Made from 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals like copper that add strength and hardness 
- Pure silver is too soft—it gets all banged up, which is why we steer clear

Why we love it:

  • It’s the whitest, brightest metal and goes with, like, everything
  • So sensitive skin won’t break out in boils
  • A precious metal that the masses can afford. Thank you, Mother Earth
  • Durable and lasts like your best friendships, i.e. forevah
  • Easy to keep nice

Sterling 14Kt Solid Gold

What it is:

  • 14 Karat Solid Gold is an alloy of pure gold and other metals (e.g. copper and zinc) in the ratio of 14 parts Gold and 10 parts other metals. No, there’s not going to be a quiz on this
  • Pure gold is too soft, as Goldilocks would say, so its rarely used to make jewellery
  • Other common gold alloys: 10-Karat gold, 12- Karat Gold, and 18-Karat Gold. A lower karat means less gold content but also results in a metal that’s more durable and less “yellowy” in color, thankyouverymuch

Why we love it:

  • Lasts forever and ever and won’t tarnish, unlike some relationships
  • Strong, durable and very low maintenance (i.e. marriage material)
  • More affordable than pure gold so you don’t have to be a queen to wear it
  • Looks ah-may-zing on all skin tones because of the softer yellow (vs 24kt gold with deep yellow, duh. Have you been paying attention?)

14Kt Gold-Filled

14Kt Gold-Filled

14Kt Gold-Filled

What it is:

  • 14Kt Gold-Filled is made by mechanically bonding a sheet of solid 14Kt Solid Gold onto a base metal (e.g., silver or copper).Translation: it looks just like solid-gold but at a fraction of the price.
  • The Federal Trade Commission allows the term Gold-Filled only when the final product has at least 5% weight in solid gold (in case you were wondering)

Why we love it:

  • Looks exactly the same as solid 14kt gold— twinsies!
  • Best quality after solid gold—can last for years with proper care because it has significantly more gold content than typical gold plating
  • Way more affordable than solid gold—which means you can buy more of it, huzzah!
  • Hypoallergenic (nickel free) so won’t turn your skin green and scaly

14Kt Rose Gold-Filled

Gold-Plating over Sterling silver (Gold Vermeil)

What it is:

  • 14Kt Rose Gold-Filled is made by mechanically bonding a sheet of solid 14Kt Solid Rose Gold onto a base metal (e.g., silver or copper).Translation: it looks just like solid rose- gold but at a fraction of the price.
  • The Federal Trade Commission allows the term Rose Gold-Filled only when the final product has at least 5% weight in solid gold (in case you were wondering)

Why we love it:

  • Looks exactly the same as solid 14kt rose gold— twinsies!
  • Best quality after solid rose gold—can last for years with proper care because it has significantly more gold content than typical rose gold plating
  • Way more affordable than solid rose gold— which means you can buy more of it, huzzah!
  • Hypoallergenic (nickel free) so won’t turn your skin green and scaly

Gold-Plating over Sterling silver (Gold Vermeil)

What it is:

  • A layer of gold that has been electroplated over a base metal
  • For our jewellery, we always electroplate a thick layer of gold onto a base metal of sterling silver, 
    which is often called Gold Vermeil (in case that ever comes up on Jeopardy)
  • Plating comes in various thicknesses from anorexically thin (e.g., 0.175 microns) known as gold-flash up to thicker layers (e.g., 1 – 2.5 microns) which we are the kind we use to make our pieces last (up to 5-10 years with tender lovin’ care)

Why we love it:

  • Still the same look as solid gold with a warm gold color that is oh-so-flattering
  • The gold does not flake off like most costume jewellery—don’t you hate flakes?
  • Durable and tarnish-resistant thanks to its heavy exoskeleton of solid gold
  • Can last for years with proper care, but the gold plating on the outside will eventually fade, leaving you with sterling silver
  • Significantly more affordable than solid gold. So you can still pay off your student loans
  • Hypoallergenic (nickel free) and awesome for sensitive skin because of its solid gold exterior