Jewelry Materiasl + Care

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14k Gold Fill | ease of care : 4/5

A practical balance between cost and quality, our gold-filled pieces have a thick layer of 14k gold, heat and pressure bonded to a high-quality brass core. They contain 100x more gold than regular gold-plating.

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Sterling Silver | ease of care : 5/5

Solid, precious metal that lasts forever. It darkens with time, but can be polished up. Oils from your skin help prevent silver tarnish... so wear it often!

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14k Rose Gold Fill | ease of care : 3/5

Extremely similar to yellow gold-filled, rose gold has a bit of copper added to the alloy to give it a rosy hue.

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14k Solid Gold | ease of care : 5/5

A low maintenance, fine jewelry favorite that will last forever. It’s pure gold mixed with other alloys to make it more durable & give it a beautiful hue.

FAQ about 14k Gold Fill and Soldering

How do you solder 14k gold filled jewelry?

Without getting to geeky in jewelry talk, we solder gold filled jewelry with solid 14k yellow gold solder. Since 14/20 gold fill is a clad metal as shown above it is not solid yellow gold. It’s a delicate process to properly solder gold filled jewelry without exposing the fine brass core. Gold filled jewelry cannot be “cast” like other solid metals like sterling silver or solid gold so in order to make our unique designs they are done by hand and fused or soldered together using fine 14k yellow gold solder among other special jewelers tools.

I see a slight variation or two-tone in color on my gold filled or rose gold filled piece. Is that normal?

Yes that is normal. We use 14k yellow gold solder to solder (fuse together) our gold filled jewelry. Since gold fill is 14/20 (solid gold to jeweler’s brass) it will have a slightly different hue from the 14k yellow gold solder. You might see a slight color variation between those two metals in your piece. That is totally normal and with a quick cleaning or polishing of the metal that variation will be practically unnoticeable. Read our cleaning tips below.

Because our jewelry pieces are truly handmade we are working from scratch to build each design. For example, for our open heart earrings “King Of My Heart” we craft the heart from wire. So we have to solder the heart shape together, then solder the earring post to the back. So this piece has 2 solder joins where the 14k yellow gold could be slightly noticeable or not at all. 

The only way to ensure there is no tonal difference with soldered gold filled jewelry is to gold plate the entire piece when it is complete. This is an in-depth and costly process that we choose not to take on so we can continue to offer such affordable prices for high quality pieces. 

How do you solder 14k rose gold filled pieces?

14kt rose gold filled can be a tricky metal to solder because of it’s rose/copper hue. There is no such thing as solid rose gold solder so you have to use gold solder instead. By using a lower karat gold (we use 10k yellow gold solder) it has a slight silver hue and more closely matches the color of rose gold rather than the more yellow 14k yellow gold solder. So again if you look closely you can find the 10kt gold solder point on rose gold as a slight silver tone. 

All of these details are what make handmade so unique and give more meaning to your special piece 💗

Gemstones

All gemstones are extremely high quality natural stones ethically sourced. Click here to read about the magical meanings behind gemstones.

Jewelry Care Guide

1. Avoid Chemicals › Protect your skin and your jewelry! Wear that SPF, but put it on before you put on your jewelry. Same goes with other skincare products like lotions, makeup or perfumes.

2. Bathe In It › Go ahead and shower with your pieces. Clean water is great for giving jewelry a gentle wash. (Just avoid harsh soaps.)

3. Don't Sweat It › Sweat – or water augmented with chemicals like chlorine – can take a toll on your pieces. Take off your jewelry for pools, hot tubs and heavy exercise sessions.

4. Periodic Deep Clean › We could all use a serious cleaning session every once in a while. Using a gentle soap or baking soda, soak your piece for a few minutes. A toothbrush can gently remove dirt in tight spaces. Dry thoroughly. For extra shine, buff with your polish cloth.

5. Store it Safely › Clean and dry your piece well before storing in an airtight container. Storing pieces in little ziplock baggies or small sealed containers not only reduce oxidation and tarnish, but can reduce those pesky tangles.