Frequently Asked Questions
What is gold fill metal?
Gold filled metal is made by heat and pressure - bonding a thick layer of 14 karat gold to jewellers brass. The karat gold covers the brass surface, making it tarnish-resistant.
Is gold fill the same as plated gold?
No, gold plating is a minuscule layer of solid gold applied to a brass base. The plating does not compose any measurable proportion of the product’s total weight. It is estimated to be 0.05% or less of the metal product. Gold plating will wear off rather quickly and expose the brass base product. It does not stand up to heat, water or wear over time. By comparison, gold-filled contains 5% gold by weight; moreover, all the gold is on the surface which offers product protection from tarnish and wear.
Will my gold-filled piece tarnish?
Technically it can; however, it takes a rare set of circumstances. Gold-filled is usually a lifetime product because the gold layer bonded to the brass core is extremely thick. When cared for properly, your gold-filled treasure should last a lifetime!
Do you only use gold-filled components for the gold pieces?
No, sometimes we use gold vermeil which is sterling silver heavily plated with 14k or 18k gold.
What kind of silver do you use?
We use .925 sterling silver, not to be mistaken with plated or dipped silver. Your silver pieces can last a lifetime if cared for properly. You can see our suggested are instructions here: Jewelry Care Instructions.