We choose to work with 14k gold-fill because it allows us to offer top-of-the-line quality at an affordable price. The thick outer layer of gold makes it highly durable and safe for most people with allergies or sensitive skin.
Is gold-filled jewelry real gold?
The gold in 14K gold-filled is definitely real. There’s a thick layer of real, solid 14K gold on the outside of a brass core. The 14K gold that’s on the outside of gold-filled is the same gold as you would get from a solid 14K piece.
Read more about solid gold and gold-filled here.
How much real gold is in gold-filled?
Gold-filled jewelry is required to have a minimum of 1/20th (5%) gold by weight. The 5% gold in gold-filled jewelry may not sound like a lot, but it’s all on the outside and it's plenty to keep your jewelry looking great for many years.
What's the difference between gold-filled and gold plated?
There’s a lot more gold in gold-filled and the gold is attached in a way that’s much more durable. Also, the standards for 14k gold-filled are strictly regulated, while the standards for "gold plated" encompass a broad range of thicknesses, so you can't be sure how much gold is in the plated layer.
Is gold-filled jewelry okay for people with sensitive skin?
Yes. 99% of people find they have no sensitivity to gold-filled jewelry. Because the outside of the piece is solid 14K gold, it interacts with your skin in the same way solid 14K gold would. If you do not have any sensitivities to solid gold, you will find gold-filled agrees well with your skin.
Caring for 14k gold-filled jewelry
14k gold-filled can last beautifully for many years. But we’ve found that the wrong chemicals, when left on the surface of your pieces, can cause the gold to darken more quickly than it should. There are chemicals in a lot of things (even you!), and it’s important to be aware of the factors that could potentially cause tarnishing.
Try avoiding getting your jewelry wet. It won't cause big damage right away, but it will tarnish it slowly overtime. Pools and hot tubs are the worst. The chemicals used to kill bacteria in pools create a harsh environment for jewelry.
There are a lot of chemicals in our sweat, and depending on your personal body chemistry, it could be hard on your pieces, so it’s best to take jewelry off to work out.
The dreaded “body chemistry” is a bit of a wild card. The simple fact that people’s hormones are different and a variety of things may come out of their pores makes this a difficult factor to nail down. But it’s a real thing that can cause gold to tarnish more quickly for some people. Unfortunately, unless you have experience with 14k gold and know how it works with your skin, the only way to know is to try it. For 90% of people, it’s a love match. For the other 10%, pieces might not be quite as sparkly after a few months.
P.S. Every order comes with these care instructions!