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Gold-filled is the best quality alternative to solid gold and legally requires 5% pure gold by weight. It is manufactured by pressure bonding layers of 14k solid gold with extreme heat. Gold-filled is resistant to tarnish as the layer of solid gold is relatively thick and safe for people with sensitive skin or allergies to use. It does not flake off, rub off or change colour.
It is a legal requirement to stamp, where possible, items that are gold-filled. You will see 'GF 14/20' or '1/20 14k GF' indicating the item is 14k gold-filled and 1/20 of gold by weight. However, not all items are big enough to stamp.
What's the difference to gold-plated jewelry?
Gold-plated items, on the other hand, usually contain a microscopic amount of gold. The core of the product is another metal that is layered with liquid gold. This makes them less durable but more affordable.
Sterling silver has a minimum purity of 92.5%, the highest purity suitable for jewelry. 7.5% of it usually contains copper and zinc. Because of the added alloys, sterling silver is much more durable than pure silver. Contrary to other materials, the layer of tarnish on top of sterling silver can be removed. To keep sterling silver shiny, keep away from water and harsh chemicals such as detergent, lotions, and perfumes. If you are careful, frequent use of sterling silver jewelry prevents the buildup of tarnish and dust on the metal; so don't be afraid of wearing it too often!
Sterling Silver is also stamped to demonstrate that it is real silver. The stamps usually are "925", "92.5", or ".925".
The jewelry pieces come along with natural crystals that are carefully chosen for each and every design. Since we are using natural stones while hand crafting your jewelry. the shades of the stones might vary from the stones in our pictures. Especially our jewelry pieces carrying Tourmalines, since those beautiful stones have many different shades such as pink, yellow, brown, or green. Each stone has its own healing energy and meaning, so we make sure to add a little information card in every order with the relevant explanation.