Materials We Use
What is Sterling Silver?
Sterling silver is an alloy of copper and silver (925 parts silver and 75 parts copper). Pure silver is so soft and ductile that one gram (about the size of a pea) can be drawn out as a wire more than a mile long. This makes is too soft for jewelry purposes, so several centuries ago someone made an alloy of silver and copper. This hardens the silver so the jewelry artisan can work it.
Cleaning Sterling Silver
Try rubbing white (non-gel) toothpaste on the silver and then gently rubbing it in a basin of warm water. Dry with a soft cloth. You can also make a paste of water mixed with baking soda. Rub it on, and wipe it off. Consult your local jeweller for commercial cleaners.
What is Gold Filled?
Pure gold is 24K, and is too soft to use in most jewelry making. Gold Filled refers to the process in which a layer of gold (10K or higher) is mechanically bonded under heat and pressure to one or more surfaces of supporting base metal (usually jewellers brass), then rolled or drawn to a given thickness.
The finished product thus has a surface layer of gold of the appropriate karat weight. This is very thick compared to gold plate. The layer of gold, by law, must be at least 1/20 by weight of the total product. This is commonly marked as 14/20 which means 1/20 of the weight is 14K gold.
Why we use 14/20 Gold Filled Wire
We use only 14K Gold Filled wire and beads for our gold ear fashions because of its beauty and durability. Gold Filled items are considered lifetime products, and the gold layer will not wear off as it will in electroplated products. Many of the antique jewelry pieces that are so popular today are Gold Filled (once commonly known as rolled gold). They have retained the patina of fine jewelry, as will the jewelry we create for you.