Metal Guide

Sterling Silver

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Will require cleaning over time to maintain it's luster. However, unlike plated metals, solid Sterling Silver can last over the years with proper cleaning and storage. Oxidation can occur, but can be removed with sterling silver jewelry cleaning agents.

14K Gold- Filled

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Contains much thicker layer of actual karat gold than "plated" gold and therefore lasts much longer than plated gold. The core of the piece is jeweler's brass while the outer core is a thick layer of heat & pressure-bonded solid gold.

Solid Gold 

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Considered a "lifetime piece", solid gold precious metal jewelry is the best choice for a piece that you want to treasure and wear forever. Solid gold metals can be softer, so be sure to protect your pieces from abrasive surfaces.

Vermeil

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 (Pronounced "ver-may") Vermeil refers to a thick plating of solid gold over sterling silver rather than a base metal. To qualify as Vermeil, the plating should be at least 2.5 microns thick. As with any plating, the outer gold layer can wear down over time, but will generally last much longer than thinner plated jewelry that does not qualify as Vermeil. A great option for customers who prefer to have a higher quality metal under the plating.

Plated

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Electroplated or "dipped" refers to a thinner layer of gold electroplated to the outside of a base metal piece of jewelry (such as jeweler's brass, copper, stainless steel or another non-precious metal) to give it a gold color. Plating quality and thickness can vary by designer. Though generally the most affordable of the options, over time, the electroplating layer can wear/rub off as it comes in to contact with skin, water or other elements. This can cause the under layer of base metal to be exposed and oxidize more quickly. To try to ensure your plated pieces last as long as possible, we use a longer plating "bath time" to help improve lifespan. Though, over time, all plated jewelry will inevitably wear down.

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