We only use natural semi-precious stones, ethically sourced from around the world. Each stone is unique and handpicked for its qualities and beauty. Because of their organic state, the stones may vary slightly from the photos on our site.
We always use 14K gold-filled findings (chains, wire, clasps, etc.) in making your jewelry. It is your best option after solid gold for quality and durability. Gold-filled is an actual layer of gold pressure bonded to another metal and it is required to have a minimum of 1/20th (5%) gold by weight. It is not to be confused with gold-plated, as gold-filled literally has over 100x more gold than their gold-dipped or gold-plated counterparts.
Gold-filled is much more valuable and tarnish resistant. It does not flake off, rub off, or turn colors as readily as electroplated jewelry. With proper care, your jewelry pieces can last you for many many years.
In some instances, we sometimes use gold-vermeil to create special design pendants and/or rings through a meticulous casting process. Gold-vermeil is a combination of very thick layer of gold over high-quality sterling silver. Industry regulated gold plating thickness of gold-vermeil is no less than 2.5 microns, where most gold-plated jewelry are only plated with 1 micron thick layer of gold. This way, your pendant will keep its beautiful gold color over many uses.
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CARE AND CLEANING
14K gold-filled and gold-vermeil jewelry can last beautifully for many many years, but, can and will are different things. The fact is, there are a variety of things that can affect your jewelry that may have massive effect on its longevity. The wrong chemicals, when left on the surface of your pieces can cause the gold to darken more quickly than it should.
After each wear, gently remove makeup and oils from your skin by wiping your jewelry with a soft cloth, like flannel or lens cloth. If you know you've been sweaty that day or the piece might have product on it (especially sunscreen!), it would be great to give it a quick rinse in lukewarm water and dry it with a soft cloth. Also, taking your jewelry off to sleep will do a great deal to help it last longer.
The best way to store your jewelry is in an airtight container (such as a little ziplock bag). Always store your jewelry in a clean condition and in a low humidity environment as much as possible.
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