Sterling Silver: Sleek, bright, cool, sophisticated.
925 or Sterling Silver is 92.5% Silver, alloyed with 7.5% copper for added strength. This precious and valuable metal can be distinguished by it’s white/grey appearance and will be marked 925 or Ster for authenticity. It is a durable, affordable option for collectors and unlike cheaper metals like brass and nickel that have been populating the market, sterling silver is hypoallergenic. Keep Sterling Silver jewelry in a dark, dry airtight container when not in use. It will tarnish with exposure to the elements but will easily polish with wear.
Gold: Timeless, old world beauty, warmth.
A relatively rare precious metal, gold has been valued by cultures for thousands of years. It is an excellent choice for heirloom jewelry, as it maintains it’s value over time. And, the cost of gold is expected to triple in the next 5 years!
Pure 24 Karat gold is extremely soft and therefore alloyed with other metals to adjust color and add strength and durability. 10k yellow gold is .418 gold alloyed with copper, silver and zinc. 14k yellow gold is .585 gold, copper, silver, and zinc and so forth. Higher karats will present a richer yellow color.
We cast mainly 14K, a beautiful neutral warm gold that pairs beautifully with sterling silver. Yes! We love mixing metals.
Yellow gold is distinctively classic and timeless. Choose rose gold for something unique and unexpected.
Vermeil: Appears like gold, but requires extra care to maintain.
Pronounced "vehr-may", is a high quality gold plating over sterling silver. It differs from gold plated jewelry in that the standard thickness of the gold plating is the highest at 2.5microns, and it is always over sterling silver, as compared to cheap base metals that can irritate the skin in gold plated jewelry.
Vermeil will hold up and maintain its character with proper care. Store vermeil jewelry in a cool, dry, airtight space when not in use. Avoid leaving in direct sunlight or in damp places like the bathroom. Lotions and fragrances can compromise and alter the gold finish over time so it is best avoid direct contact with such products. Over time you may notice a patina on vermeil jewelry where exposed to regular high friction. We call this beautiful and admire the steady work of said time. If you decide you would like to re-plate your piece in gold, we are happy to add it to the next batch. Inquire about current pricing
We offer a carefully selected collection of jewelry in 14K Gold Vermeil with a beautiful satin matte finish. Larger items like earrings and necklace with greater surface area display the gold finish beautifully at a fraction of the cost of solid gold. We do not offer rings in vermeil due to the high wear and regular contact with abrasives, moisture and solvents.
Our vermeil jewelry is marked with a 925 sterling silver stamp.
Don't see the metal you are looking for? Beyond our current offerings we are happy to work with you in your preferred choice of metal. Email us to inquire!