The metals we feature in our designs are purchased only in the United States and include 14 Karat Gold-Filled, Sterling Silver, and in some instances Rose Gold-Filled. We use these metals because they provide the highest quality at the most affordable price.
14K Gold-filled is a durable gold product affording the look of solid gold at a fraction of the cost. It is made by bonding a layer of 14K Gold to a base metal, usually brass, through heat and pressure. (Think of the base metal as a sponge and the layer of gold filling in the holes when heated.) It is sturdier than gold plate—which has an ultra-thin coating and can turn colors and eventually chip off—or vermeil, which can rub off through normal wear. 14/20 Gold-Filled materials are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission and must contain 1/20th of 14K Gold.
If you can wear gold, you can wear gold-filled without worries of an allergic reaction as all of our jewelry is nickel-free. Judith is very allergic to nickel and can wear every piece in the line with no problem.
Rose Gold-Filled is the same as above, with the addition of the alloy copper to give it the pink tone.
We offer Argentium Sterling Silver where possible, because it is a pure silver with the alloy Germanium (rather than the usual copper), which reduces tarnishing considerably.