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14k Gold-Filled

14K Gold-Filled is durable and you can enjoy the look and feel of 14k gold at a much more affordable price. 14K Gold-Filled is 14K gold permanently bonded to a base metal. The gold is bonded using a carefully controlled process of extreme heat and pressure for a precise length of time. The substantial layer of gold surrounding the inner alloy is regulated by law.

Gold filled jewelry is strong, durable and wears like solid gold because the outer surface is solid gold. Everything that you can see or touch is a solid layer of 14k gold. The gold in 14k Gold-Filled will not chip or wear off as in plated jewelry. It is nearly impossible to tell a gold filled piece from the same piece in 14k gold.

14K Gold
14K gold is made up of 58.3% gold and 41.7% other metals. The other metals give the piece its strength and color.

14K Gold Colors         Metal Alloys

Yellow Gold                Copper, Silver, Zinc
White Gold                 Copper, Nickel, Zinc
Red Gold                    Copper
Green Gold                 Silver

14K Yellow Gold is available by special request. Please email us and we will send you a quote.

Sterling Silver
Sterling silver is defined as 92.5% pure silver. It is hardened with another metal alloy of no more than 7.5%, usually copper. Sterling silver is also referred to as 925.

Fine Silver
Fine silver is defined as 99.9% pure silver, with no other metals.

Vermeille or Vermeil
Vermeille (Vehr-MAY) is "gilded silver"; sterling silver that has been heavily electroplated with 22K gold. Vermeille is usually a very warm color of gold, as is the case with very pure gold.

Surgical Steel
Any one of a family of low carbon alloy steels usually containing 10-30% chromium. The chromium provides exceptional resistance to corrosion and heat. Other elements may be added to increase corrosion resistance to specific environments, enhance oxidation resistance and impart special characteristics. In jewelry it is sometimes labeled hypoallergenic and is typically used for earwires and posts.

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