Sterling silver is an alloy of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other base metals. It is considered a precious metal. Sterling silver will oxidize over time. You can restore its shine by polishing your jewelry with a cleaning cloth.
Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin and is marked by a rich, warm golden tone, something of a cross between yellow and rose gold. We offer select designs in bronze, as a less expensive alternative to gold. Bronze will develop a patina due to oxidation, which can be cleaned off with a polishing cloth.
Brass is a yellow alloy of copper and zinc. In its polish state, it very nearly resembles gold. We offer select designs in brass as a less expensive alternative to gold. Brass can also develop a patina due to oxidation, which can be cleaned off with a polishing cloth.
Brass rings have a tendency to turn fingers green as a result of the chemical reaction between its copper content and your skin's sweat and acids. We recommend coating the inside of your bronze ring with clear nail polish to help prevent this. Another alternative is to order half a size larger than your usual ring size, so there is some air flow between the ring and your skin, especially during hot summer months when your fingers may expand under heat.
Gold fill is not the same as gold plate. Also known as “rolled gold,” it is a solid layer of gold bonded to a base metal under substantial heat and pressure. It looks like solid gold but comes at a much more affordable price. Even with daily wear, gold filled jewelry can retain their shine for many years.
10k and 14 Karat Gold
Both 10k and 14k gold are considered precious fine metals and will not tarnish over time. Because 10k gold contains less gold content (42%), it is paler in color but also more durable. We offer 10k yellow and rose gold by request for custom pieces. Just ask!
14k gold has higher gold content (58%) and is the most popular metal choice for wedding jewelry. We offer 14k yellow, rose and white gold for our designs, most often by custom request. Please note that white gold has a soft warm tone due to its gold content. We prefer not to plate it with rhodium for a silvery appearance, as the plating will wear off over time.
A simple rule of thumb is to always take off your jewelry first and put it on last. This helps limit their exposure to excessive moisture (i.e. shower, pool, ocean) and chemical products (i.e. sunscreen, lotion, hairspray, perfume), which will speed up the oxidation process. When they're not being worn, store them away neatly in a box or pouch, away from sunlight.
To clean your jewelry, gently wipe it with a jewelry polishing cloth, or clean it with mild soap and water. For brass, bronze and sterling silver jewelry, you can soak it in a mixture of some lemon juice with water and then wipe clean.