Sterling silver is an alloy of copper and silver (925 parts silver and 75 parts copper). Pure silver is so soft and ductile that one gram (about the size of a pea) can be drawn out as a wire more than a mile long. This makes it too soft for jewellery purposes, so several centuries ago someone made an alloy of silver and copper. This hardens the silver so the jewellery artisan can work it.
Pure gold is 24K, and is too soft to use in most jewellery making. Gold Filled refers to the process in which a layer of gold (10K or higher) is mechanically bonded under heat and pressure to one or more surfaces of supporting base metal (usually jeweller's brass), then rolled or drawn to a given thickness.
The finished product thus has a surface layer of gold of the appropriate karat weight. This is very thick compared to gold plate. The layer of gold, by law, must be at least 1/20 by weight of the total product. This is commonly marked as 14/20 which means 1/20 of the weight is 14K gold.
We use only 14K Gold Filled wire and beads for our gold ear fashions because of its beauty and durability. Gold Filled items are considered lifetime products, and the gold layer will not wear off as it will in electroplated products. Many of the antique jewellery pieces that are so popular today are Gold Filled (once commonly known as rolled gold). They have retained the patina of fine jewellery, as will the jewellery we create for you.
Sterling Silver will look its best if stored in a dry environment. Keep it in a zip-close plastic bag with the air pushed out. To keep it dry, add a piece of chalk, a package of silica gel, or other drying agent.
Gold does not tarnish, but will look its best when cleaned with mild soap and water and dried with a soft cloth.
We recommend the Sunshine Cloth to clean all of your Silver and Gold jewellery.
The Ear Curl, inspired by the current fashion of multiple piercings, is a single earring that appears to require several piercings, but needs only one. Each of our Ear Climbers is based on this original design.