Frequently Asked Questions
Is There a Difference Between 14-Karat and 18-Karat Gold?
14-karat gold and 18-karat gold are similar in that they are both alloys. However, although they have the same main ingredient (gold), they differ with respect to their gold purity.
- 14K gold contains 58.3% pure gold (14 divided by 24), whereas 18K gold contains 75% gold (18 divided by 24). From this, it’s evident that compared with 14-karat gold, 18-karat gold is purer, as it contains more of the precious metal.
- The higher the gold content in an alloy, the more the color of the material looks like that of pure gold.
I have sensitive skin, is 18k gold safe for me to wear?
Nickel is sometimes used in gold alloys, and it is found in greater concentration in lower-karat gold. This is why people allergic to nickel can be more sensitive to a 10K or 14K piece, whereas nickel-containing 18K or 22K jewelry might not induce an allergic reaction. If you have a nickel allergy, 18-karat gold would be preferable than 14-karat jewelry
What does Gold Filled mean and how do you compare it to Gold Plated?
Gold filled jewelry will not wear off over time, and if taken care of properly it can last a lifetime. Gold fill is indistinguishable from solid gold but costs significantly less because of its base metal core. It differs from gold plate in that gold plate consists of a thin, microscopic layer of gold that will wear off over time. The gold on gold filled is around 15 times thicker than gold plated jewelry.
Can I get 18k gold fill wet?
Unlike gold plate, it's safe to get your gold filled jewelry wet.
How do I care for/clean my Gold Filled Jewelry?
It’s recommended to avoid lotions, chemicals, sunscreen, and chlorine while wearing your Gold Filled Jewelry.
Gold-filled can be cleaned, but only occasionally as it rarely tarnishes. Tarnishing can happen under extreme circumstances (intense exposure to sulfide will do it). However, jewelry worn on the body often accumulates other grease and grime from normal wear.
- Mild Soapy water and a toothbrush
- A Soft Cloth
What is the difference between Cultured, Freshwater, Mother of Pearl, and Natural Pearls?
- Freshwater pearls come from oysters that mature in non-saline water (from lakes or ponds, as opposed to saltwater from the sea).
- A cultured pearl results from the process by which a pearl farmer induces pearl formation by inserting an irritant into the mollusk and then “cultivating” the pearl. Cultured pearls are real pearls that were not formed by accident of nature.
- Shell Pearls are made from the inner lining of oyster shells, also known as Mother of Pearl. The substance is ground to a fine powder, shaped, dyed and coated with natural pearl nacre and then a protective coating to give it lustre.
- A natural pearl is formed when a small irritant or parasite penetrates and lodges in the mantle tissue of a mollusk. In response, the “invaded” tissue secretes a protective substance called nacre, a combination of crystalline and organic substances that builds and eventuallyafter a few years develops into a pearl