G O L D & S I L V E R
"What am I buying? What is gold-filled or blackened silver?"
Good questions! So, to help, here
is a little information.
Gold Filled: Gold filled consists of an actual layer of gold that is pressure bonded to another metal. Gold filling has a much higher amount of gold and is much more valuable than any gold plated, gold finish or gold coating product, which is also safer for those with allergies. All our Gold filled is made in the US and is a 14/20 fraction. Gold filled does not flake off, rub off, or turn color like plated or "dipped" products do. If properly cared for, your gold filled jewelry can last a lifetime. It may tarnish slightly with time just like any other alloys but can be easily cleaned. See our Jewelry Care for more details.
Sterling Silver: Sterling silver is an alloy created when copper is added to pure silver in order to make the resulting compound more durable and less soft. Usually sterling silver has a purity of 92.5%, meaning that 7.5% of the alloy is made of copper or another metal. All our Sterling silver is made in the US. Sterling silver will tarnish over time and can easily be cleaned with a jewelry polishing cloth.
Oxidized Sterling Silver: Oxidized or Blacken silver is just sterling silver that goes through a process, turning alloys darker or black. Oxidized or blackened silver will develop highlights over time. Do not use chemicals, commercial cleaners or commercial polishing cloths, as they will remove the blackened finish. Jewelry purchased through our website can also be re-oxidized for the cost of shipping.
So, there you are! We hope this information has been helpful. Have any other questions? Shoot us an email in our contact form!