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 it too soft for jewellery purposes, so several centuries ago someone made an alloy of silver and copper. This hardens the silver so the jewellery artisan can work it.

Cleaning Sterling Silver

Try rubbing white (non-gel) toothpaste on the silver and then gently scrubbing 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.

Storing Sterling Silver

Put chalk or a silica gel pack in your jewellery box to absorb the moisture. Less moisture, less tarnish. Rubber, newspaper, and oak are unkind to silver so:


What is Gold Filled?

Pure gold is 24K, and is too soft to use in most jewellery 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 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 jewellery pieces that are so popular today are Gold Filled (once commonly known as rolled gold). They have retained the patina of fine jewellery, as will the jewellery we create for you.

 

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