MATERIALS & CARE
what’s the difference between gold-filled & gold plated?
Gold-filled has 100x more gold alloy than gold plated. This is because gold-filled is manufactured when a core metal (usually brass) is sandwiched between two layers of gold alloy, heated and passed through a roller several times. In order for a metal to be considered gold-filled it might contain at least 5% real gold. Gold plated pieces are created from a process of electroplating and result in a minuscule layer of gold onto the core metal.
Gold-filled pieces can last a lifetime when cared for. gold plated pieces can’t withstand heat, water or wear.
The thick layer of gold on gold-filled prevents tarnishing. The thin layer of gold on gold-plated items can wear off easily and will tarnish once the core metal is exposed.
It’s important to care for gold-filled jewelry like you would your clothing. Use an untreated cloth or mild soapy water to clean out body oils and bring back its shine. Make sure to not scrub the piece. When storing in a box, separate your jewelry from others in a different container or a cloth pouch or ziplock bag.
Because of the longevity and quality of gold-filled jewelry, they’re perfect for daily wear. They also make momentous occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, or a marking moment in your journey with God even more special.
what IS STERLING SILVER?
Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper.
WHAT IS SILVER-FILLED?
Some of our earrings are made of silver-filled material.
Silver-filled is sterling silver that is mechanically bonded to a base metal like brass. This causes a thicker layer of sterling silver to encase the core metal than electroplating. In order for a product to be considered silver-filled, it must have at least 5% of its weight in silver.
TARNISHING & CARE TIPS
Sterling silver is easier to tarnish because of the alloys that make it. In order to slow down tarnishing, treat your jewelry like you would clothing. Oils from your skin can accumulate and oxidize silver so clean them after every use. To care for your sterling silver or silver filled jewelry, keep them away from chemicals. To clean, use mild soapy water, rinse well and pay dray with a non-scratching cloth. Store them in a dark place away from air and water and separate from other jewelry.
If you love silver, sterling silver and silver-filled are the best option for jewelry because of it’s brilliance and value. It is more durable than pure silver because of its copper alloy, If cared for, you can keep them for a long period of time and wear them daily.