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  • All our designs are 18K Solid Gold
  • All our diamonds are cubic zirconia, they have minimal value

WHAT IS 18K GOLD?

Compared to other gold jewelry, 18K gold is purer in composition and color. As such, it’s more valued and esteemed as fine jewelry.

Because more pure gold is used, the color is stronger and more intense. Despite the color, there will always be a faint deep yellow undertone in 18K gold jewelry. Another benefit of 18K gold jewelry is that it’s hypoallergenic. Some metal alloys contain nickel, which is a known allergen. However, with only 25% metal alloy used in 18K gold, the percentage of nickel is extremely minimal which reduces the risk of allergic reactions. Since it is pure gold, it will not tarnish, it is the most durable and valuable.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOLID GOLD, GOLD FILLED AND GOLD PLATED?

Solid gold is composed of one composition throughout the piece with no overlays on cheaper metals. Solid gold can be a gold alloy and will be identified as solid 18 karat gold or solid 14 karat gold for example.

Gold Filled is not the same as Solid Gold. It is a fraction of the cost of Solid Gold and is made by bonding gold to a base metal to give it the appearance of gold.

Gold plated jewelry is jewelry made of a base metal (e.g. copper) or silver that has a very thin layer of gold applied to the top. The layer is so thin, that it can usually be rubbed off with a coarse pencil eraser in a few swipes.

 

18k solid gold pieces are made to last forever. Solid 18K gold jewelry is the most expensive and high quality option as it doesn’t rub off or flake, and doesn’t tarnish. Gold actually increases in value over time, and solid gold jewelry has the best resale value.

18K gold is richer and more vibrant in color. The 18k gold percentage is also less likely to trigger any skin conditions or reactions one may have because the presence of other metals and alloys is minimal.

18k gold will not oxidize or discolor, so you can wear your jewelry every day, everywhere.

A SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON: 14K VS 18K GOLD

 

14K Gold

18K Gold

Gold%

Contains 58.3% pure gold

Contains 75% pure gold

Color

Less bright and soft yellow

Purer in composition and color

Allergies

More likely for sensitive skin 

Less likely since it contains less nickel and other metals 

Popularity

More popular in the North America

More popular in Europe and Asia

Price 

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In order of least expensive to most expensive, and low to high quality, these are your options when buying gold jewelry:

Gold-plated jewelry has a base of some other metal, such as brass, covered with a thin layer of gold. This is what you’ll find on the lower end of the price spectrum. Gold-plated jewelry rubs off easily, revealing the metal underneath and losing its color and shine quickly. It also tarnishes quickly from my own personal experience.

Gold vermeil is similar to gold-plated jewelry but the difference is that the layer of gold is thicker and the metal underneath is sterling silver. It will last longer than gold-plated jewelry, but can still tarnish if exposed to water, sweat, or perfume, or the gold may eventually scratch and rub off with wear.

Gold-filled jewelry, contrary to the name, is not actually filled with gold. Rather, a thick layer of gold is bonded to another metal, such as brass or copper. The gold layer is 5% of the total weight. Gold-filled jewelry is a great economical alternative to solid gold. If taken care of, it can last as long as solid gold and won’t tarnish or rub off. The downside is that if you were to resell your gold-filled jewelry, it would not have as much value as solid gold jewelry.

Solid gold jewelry is not actually 100% solid gold, because pure gold is too soft to create durable jewelry. Instead, gold is alloyed with a mixture of metals like silver, copper, and zinc. Solid gold jewelry is the most expensive and high quality option as it’s long-lasting, doesn’t rub off or flake, and doesn’t tarnish. Gold actually increases in value over time, and solid gold jewelry has the best resale value