Precious Metals

What's Gold Filled ?

"Gold Filled" is an actual layer of gold mechanically bonded with heat and pressure to one or more surfaces of the supporting base metal, then rolled or drawn to a given thickness. In the jewelry industry the quantity of gold must be at least 1/20th by weight of the total product.

Gold-filled items will remain gold for a lifetime if cared for properly. The occasional silver spot is from solder holding joints together. Unless you are using harsh chemicals or abrasives, the gold layer will stay gold for years to come!

What's 925 Silver ?

Pure Silver is a precious metal and like gold is too soft and easily damaged. To make it durable for jewelry, pure silver (999 fineness) is alloyed with small quantities of copper (7.5%) & thus the term "sterling silver" (92.5% or .925) is derived.

The tarnish is due to exposure from sulfur and oxygen. Common sources of sulfur in the atmosphere include food (such as eggs and onions) and materials (such as wool and rubber bands). When jewelry starts to tarnish, it will take on a yellowish color. Without cleaning, the yellow becomes brown or black. If jewelry is worn regularly, it will generally not tarnish. The oils in the skin and the act of handling the jewelry keep it shiny longer.

Approx 5% of the population have an acidic perspiration that affect the level of tarnish on silver. This is the reason why many people wearing sterling silver note that their silver will tarnish sooner than others'.