Ella Palm partners with Artisans around the World allowing us to offer a range of handmade premium jewellery for all budgets and tastes. No matter the piece for the price, we all want to get the most out of our jewellery. You ask us about this all the time so we wanted to pass on our knowledge about the different types of jewellery we offer and some tips/ on how to take care of them.
14k Gold Filled:
A heavy gold layer bonded to a base metal creating beautiful waterproof, long lasting pieces. The closest alternative to solid gold.
What it is: Solid gold is bonded to either brass or sterling silver in very high temperatures. This is a strictly regulated process which by law the gold must weigh 1/20th of the item weight, gold filled jewellery contains considerably more gold than gold plated (and has a much higher tarnish resistance) There is gold in the entire piece and not just an outside coating which means it will not fade or tarnish. Gold filled is a great (and economical) alternative to solid gold.
Hallmarked with: 1/20 14kGF of authenticity. Gold filled jewellery will last for many years, making it safe to shower with or sleep in. Gold-filled will not cause reactions on the skin and is hypoallergenic lead and nickel free. The method used to manufacture gold filled jewellery is very costly and when combined with the higher gold content, the purchase price will remain on the more expensive side.
18k Gold Vermeil:
One of our favourite methods: Combines luxury jewellery and affordability.
What it is: Gold vermeil constitutes of a sterling silver base metal and a thick layer of real gold plated to the outside. For a piece to be considered vermeil it must have a minimum thickness plating of 2.5 microns. This method of gold plating is done via electroplating the gold to the silver - binding the two metals together. Hallmarked with 925.
Gold vermeil, similar to gold filled, is an affordable choice when it comes to creating gold jewellery allowing you to indulge in luxury pieces, without the luxury price tag. Our 18k gold vermeil pieces are handmade by artisans in India in recycled gold and silver and fair mined gemstones. If your gold vermeil pieces start to loose their gold hue over time you are able to have your pieces re-plated at an affordable cost.
18k Gold Plated
The most popular method of modern jewellery brands.
What it is: Gold plated refers to jewellery that consists of a layer of gold that is applied over the top of a base metal. Our Gold plating is done through a process called electroplating using recycled sterling silver 925 or recycled brass as the base and a layer of 18k gold plated over the top.
As the base metals we use for our 18k gold plated designs are less expensive than solid gold and the layer of gold is not as thick as vermeil, it allows us to create affordable luxurious pieces with the look of solid gold without the costly price tag.
18k Gold PVD jewellery
Another one of our favourites. Creates durable, waterproof, long lasting pieces that you never have to take off with an affordable price tag.
What it is: Stainless steel is bonded to a layer of gold using a method known as physical vapour deposition (aka PVD). This method allows the layer of gold to be resistant to water damage, sweat and scratches for many years, making it safe to shower swim and sleep in. Stainless steel will not cause reactions on the skin and is hypoallergenic lead & nickel free. The hue that real gold PVD gives is similar if not identical to solid gold and gold vermeil jewellery.
This type of jewellery is best for those who wear jewellery every day and want the same look that vermeil or solid gold jewellery has at a much more affordable cost. PVD jewellery will last many years if looked after properly.
9k Solid Gold:
The best quality you can get but with a higher price tag.
Solid gold is measured in karats(ct). Gold in its pure state is very soft so it's mixed with other metals to make it more durable. We offer a range of 9k solid gold jewellery which is 37.5% solid gold mixed with other varying metals. Hallmarked with 375.
This type of jewellery is best for those who are not on a budget and want minimal timeless pieces.The gold will not tarnish as solid gold lasts forever.
A little TLC never goes a miss. We can assure you that as long as you take good care of your jewellery, it will last you for years even decades to come.
- Do not expose jewellery to chemicals and perfume, makeup and skin care products such as glycolic acid, retinol treatments etc, as it may cause reactions and eventual damage.
- Take off your jewellery when doing manual activities like gardening, house chores, sports, or heavy work to avoid denting, scratching and damage to your jewellery,
- Gold filled - Safe to get wet and shower in your gold filled jewellery but we recommend removing when swimming in pools, hot tubs and salt water as the chlorine and salt can damage the metal.
- 18k gold plated & 18k gold vermeil - Avoid getting jewellery wet.
- 18k gold pvd jewellery - Waterproof, sweat proof & tarnish resistant safe to get wet, can be worn in the shower. If you swim in a chlorinated pool or the sea we recommend rinsing your pvd jewellery to avoid any build up of chemicals and saltwater.
- To clean use a microfibre or lint free cloth to polish the gold when required.
- Do not polish gold plated and gold vermeil designs too vigorously as you may wear down the plating.
Pearls & Gemstones:
Wipe your pearls and gemstones with a soft damp cloth as this will help prevent any build up of oils or other substances that may have come in contact with your jewellery throughout the day. If your pearls and gemstones 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 and stones. Avoid getting pearls and gemstones wet. Do NOT submerge a pearl necklace in water, as it will weaken the silk thread.
For deep cleaning we recommend using an old soft toothbrush and a mild soapy water to get in the gaps where dust & dirt can collect.
Always store jewellery separately to avoid scratching in a dark and dry place away from direct sunlight. Preferably in the microfibre pouch or and box provided.
If you have any questions regarding the care of your jewellery please contact us and we would be more than happy to help!Contact us here