What is Gold Filled?
14kt gold filled and 14kt rose gold filled
Gold filled jewelry is composed of a solid layer of gold pressure-bonded to a base metal such as brass; it is not to be confused with gold plated jewelry. « 14kt gold filled » means that at least 1/20th of its total weight is 14kt gold.
14kt gold filled does not tarnish or fade like gold plated items. It makes for high quality jewelry at affordable prices. Gold filled pieces have the same appearance as high carat gold, and even with daily wear, can last years! The layer of gold on gold-filled items is 15 to 25 times thicker than that produced by gold plating.
To help protect your gold filled jewelry, you can try to avoid contact with salt water and harsh chemicals such as perfumes, fragranced soaps, chlorine, etc. To clean, simply use a mild dish soap in water and soak, then dry with a clean soft cloth. These step will help your gold filled jewelry last for years to come.
0.925 sterling silver
The silver pieces are high quality 0.925 sterling silver which means that 92.5% of the piece is pure silver (since pure silver itself is too soft and malleable to create jewelry, it needs to be blended with another metal).
Sterling silver jewelry will tarnish naturally; this is due to oxidation which means that it reacts with chemicals found in the air and produce tarnish. High moisture levels, exposure to sunlight and contaminants such as salt water increase this reaction.
You can help protect your sterling silver jewelry by keeping them in airtight packages, use tarnish-resistant products (such as tarnish tabs or strips) that absorb harmful chemicals, and by storing them in a cool dry place. Most tarnish is easily removed by polishing.
Note: Sterling silver is more prone to scratches compared to the gold filled and rose gold filled.