WHAT IS GOLD-FILLED JEWELRY?
Most of our jewelry is made of 14k gold filled (USA made),18k gold filled (Brazilian made) and sterling silver - they're high quality and can last a lifetime with care! We do carry some gold plated items. These items will be indicated in the description.
Gold filled is an actual layer of real gold that has been bonded to another metal with high heat and pressure.
Gold filled is 100x stronger than "plated" jewelry (Plated jewelry is usually just dipped in a thin layer of gold).
Because of the high heat and pressure bonding process used in gold filled jewelry, the gold will not rub off or turn colors like plated jewelry does.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN USA MADE GOLD FILLED + BRAZILIAN GOLD FILLED
The main difference is the amount of gold used. USA made gold filled (All our 14k gold filled) is 5% real gold of the total weight of each piece while Brazilian gold filled is 3% real gold of the total weight of each piece. The same heat bonded technique is used for both types of gold filled. Our 18k Brazilian gold is more sensitive and may require more care.
DOES OUR JEWELRY CONTAIN NICKEL?
No, our gold filled jewelry does not have nickel and is hypoallergenic. Some body chemistries are a little different and everyone reacts differently to different metals. If you normally have sensitive skin even when you wear pure gold jewelry you may still be sensitive to gold-filled jewelry.
CAN GOLD FILLED TARNISH?
Yes, it can, but it takes a real rare set of circumstances. Gold-filled jewelry supplies are a lifetime product because the gold layer bonded to the brass/copper core is quite thick. However, in really rare instances of extreme sulfide exposure, it can blacken.
CAN I WEAR MY GOLD FILLED JEWELRY IN THE SHOWER?
This is a tricky question. For the most part YES but these are my recommendations.
Over the years I have worn my 14k gold filled in the shower, at the beach and at the pool. It has lasted me years upon years. My 14k gold filled rings I never take off. So they are constantly getting wet while washing dishes, washing my hands, and applying sanitizer. So I can attest that our 14k gold filled jewelry (USA made) will withstand wear and tear for years. Now, even though my 14k gold filled jewelry has lasted years it has gone through a lot of wear and tear. It can still get scratched, dented, and bent if not properly taken care of.
With our 18k gold filled (Brazilian made) it gets a little trickier. This gold has a less amount of gold and is fairly new to the market. Since it is fairly new I have not tested it to the extent of our 14k gold filled. We have tested most of our 18k gold filled pieces with the standard jewelry acid tests and it is in fact gold filled. I have worn some of my 18k gold filled in the shower multiple times and it still looks great. I would recommend only getting it wet in the shower and when you are out of the shower to dry it all the way through. 18k gold filled is more sensitive to lotions, perfumes, chemicals, chlorine, beach water, and even sand. So make sure to not get any of these items on your jewelry.