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Materials FAQs

What is gold filled?

Gold-filled consists of a base metal (usually brass, a mixture of copper and zinc) bonded with a layer of karat gold over top. Gold filled is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. All our gold-filled jewelry is 14k yellow gold filled, except our 12k gold-filled beaded bracelets. All the bonded gold was 14k solid gold, to begin with. This can be described as either 14/20 gold-filled or 14k gold-filled.

If I have sensitive ears can I wear gold filled?

Yes, most of the time. Gold-filled is an excellent alternative to gold if you have sensitive ears. 99% of our customers with sensitivities can wear our gold filled. We use 8k and 10k solder to solder our posts onto our earrings which helps add an extra coat of gold to any exposed metal so you aren’t being exposed to the base metal.

What is the difference between gold filled and gold plated?

Gold filled has almost 100 times more gold than gold-plated jewelry. Gold-filled is much more durable and will not chip away like gold-plated. The gold on gold-plated jewelry will chip off and rub away over time. Gold-filled does not do this.

Does your jewelry contain nickel?

All our gold-filled, yellow gold, and sterling silver jewelry is nickel free, which makes it great for people with sensitivities. All our earrings are hypoallergenic. However, our 14k white gold does contain nickel. If you'd like a nickel-free white gold piece, let us know.

What is the difference between 10k and 14k solid gold?

10k gold contains 41.7% pure gold, and 14k contains 58.3% pure gold. 10k gold is stronger than 14k gold. Other metals have been added to pure gold to strengthen it.

What is the difference between white, yellow, and rose gold?

Pure gold is pure yellow. Other alloys are mixed with gold to change its colour and strength. White gold usually contains 25% nickel and zinc. To make rose gold, copper is added.

Will this jewelry leave green marks on my skin? 

On infrequent occasions, gold, gold-filled, and sterling silver can leave green marks on the skin. This is not because the quality is low; it’s because the alloy added to these metals can sometimes discolour the skin, usually because of the added copper. Everyone is different, and everyone reacts to metals differently. Sometimes moisture, sweat, and lotions can cause a reaction to the metals and turn your skin green. And sometimes, it can be hormone related!

Why don’t you make anything in rose gold?

 We choose not to solder rose gold because all the solder, the metal used to fuse two pieces, contains cadmium. Cadmium is a carcinogen similar to lead which has been linked to cancer, damage to the lungs and kidneys and weaken bones. We choose not to solder with cadmium as the fumes are toxic.

What is sterling silver?

Our sterling silver contains 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper. Sometimes other companies will have other metals besides just copper in that 7.5%; ours does not. 

Can I wear sterling silver if I have sensitive ears?

Yes! Our sterling silver is also nickel and cadmium free. It's considered hypoallergenic. However, with that said, some people are sensitive to silver because of its copper content. So if you are allergic to copper, we wouldn't recommend it. 

Jewelry Care

Can I wear my jewelry in the shower?

Sometimes. We don't recommend wearing any of our chains as soap and water can build up between the links, which can cause discolouration and can lead to the chain looking dull. You can, however, wear our rings and earrings in the shower. Just switch out your earrings and clean off any soap buildup.

Can I wear my jewelry while swimming?

Sometimes. Watch build-up can discolour the links in your chains, but all our rings and earrings are safe to wear while swimming. Be sure to rinse your jewelry in fresh water after a dip in the ocean.

How do I clean my jewelry?

You can gently scrub your jewelry with an old toothbrush and dish soap. Another option is to use the polishing cloth provided with your order.

How do I care for my jewelry?

Be sure to take your jewels off when bathing and applying oils, moisturizer or sunscreen. Keep your jewelry in a box or bag to keep them from tarnishing.