Lets start with the different types of gold! When you’re looking for gold jewellery these are the types that come up most often- gold plated, gold vermeil, gold filled and solid gold.
HERE'S THE BREAKDOWN...
Gold plating is a layer of gold applied to a base metal usually sterling silver or brass. So the base is metal and the gold is essentially dipped over the outside of that base using a process called electroplating (there is no gold inside the piece). Standard gold plating (which you will find in our everyday collection) is generally around 0.5-1 microns of gold plating. We use 1 micron for all our gold plated jewellery and sterling silver as the base.
Hallmarked with: S925 stamp of authenticity.
Gold vermeil is sterling silver that has been plated with a very thick layer of gold. The difference here is the base must be sterling silver and for a piece to be considered vermeil gold it must have a minimum micron plating of 2.5. We use 2.5 microns of real 18k gold plating on necklaces, bracelets and earrings and 3 microns on rings to ensure long lasting wear.
Hallmarked with: S925 stamp of authenticity.
All Luxe pieces are engraved with the Ella Palm signature logo.
Gold filled jewellery is a strictly regulated process which by law the gold must weigh 1/20th of the item weight, gold filled jewellery contains more gold than gold plated jewellery and has a higher tarnish resistance. It is made by bonding together 14k gold and a brass base metal by heat, so there is gold in the entire piece and not just an outside coating. Gold filled is a great (and economical) alternative to solid gold jewellery.
Hallmarked with: 1/20 14kGF of authenticity
Solid gold is the highest in price in purity. Pure gold is actually too soft for everyday wear, so it is alloyed with a mixture of metals to give it strength and durability. Karat indicates the purity of the gold, or how much of the metal is pure gold. For example, 18k gold is 75% gold, 14k gold is 58% gold, 9k 37.5% gold. We offer a small selection of solid 9k gold designs made from 100% recycled gold.
Hallmarked wth 375 stamp of authenticity.
All our gold designs are hypoallergenic and nickel free.
So how do I take care of and get the most out of my piece? To keep your jewellery looking it’s best for years to come, please follow the care tips below.
Gold Plated & Gold Vermeil:
We recommend you keep it dry and away from skincare products. Avoid getting wet, don’t wear it swimming, and avoid coming into contact with lotions and creams. Storage tip- keep it in the Ella Palm pouch to help avoid moisture in the air and clean gently with the polishing cloth. Never polish gold plated or gold vermeil pieces to vigorously as you may wear down the plating.
Gold filled is extremely durable so you are fine to get your gold filled jewellery wet. We do recommend you remove it in salt water and chlorine and avoid contact with harsh chemicals and perfumes ie; retinol, peels, glycolic acid etc.
To clean simply add a few drops of mild washing up liquid to a bowl of lukewarm water and soak your gold-filled jewellery for about 15 minutes to clean. Don't use hot or boiling water, especially if your jewellery contains fragile precious stones.
FAQ - Why don’t you use gold filled for more designs.
Unfortunately making gold filled is a complex process which means gold fill can not easily be cast. (Melted and poured into a mould to make a desired shape) Therefore we only use it on more delicate designs such fine chains, connectors and minimal hoops.
Extremely durable but avoid wearing when playing contact sports. Gold is a soft material and is prone to bumps and scratches. Clean regularly to avoid build up of soap and beauty products which can cause the gold to dull over time. Simply add a few drops of mild washing up liquid to a bowl of lukewarm water and soak your solid gold jewellery for about 15 minutes. Do not use hot or boiling water, especially if your jewellery contains fragile precious stones. Pat dry with a soft cloth and lightly polish with the cloth provided.
Wipe your pearls with a soft damp cloth as this will help prevent any buildup of oils or other substances that may have come in contact with your jewellery throughout the day. If your pearls are visibly stained, you can mix a solution of lukewarm water and mild soap, dip a soft cleaning cloth in it and wipe the pearls. Do NOT submerge a pearl necklace in water, as it will weaken the thread.
The best way to clean your gemstones is with mild soapy water. Using an old soft toothbrush, scrub gently behind the stone where dust and soap can collect. Then just rinse and pat dry with a soft cloth.
If you have any questions regarding the care of your jewellery please contact us and we would be more than happy to help!
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