Metal / Wire
14 K Gold Wire
We use solid 14 kt gold wire on specific pieces. It is fine quality and makes beautiful pieces of jewelry.
14K/ 20 Gold Filled Rose and Yellow Gold
We use gold filled wire on some pieces for a variety of reason. The most important is because it represents the best value. 14K/20 Gold Filled is considered a lifetime product and it has a low incidence of allergy problems, if you can wear 14K gold, you can wear 14K/20 gold filled, because it is gold. We wrap our some of our stones in 14kt gold filled wire.
Gold filled is an actual tube layer of gold-pressure bonded to another metal generally jewelers brass. Gold filled is not to be confused with gold plating as filled literally has 100% more gold than gold plating.
Gold filled is a lifetime product with much more valuable and tarnish resistance. It does not flake off, rub off or turn colors. The layer of gold does not wear off under normal wear situations and it makes it a good choice for pendants, bracelets, and other pieces of jewelry that are not in constant contact with other surfaces.
Sterling Silver .925 pure silver. Sterling silver produces very pretty jewelry. It does require special care due to tarnish. I suggest storing sterling pieces in plastic bags with anti-tarnish strips when you are not wearing them. You can also keep them tarnish free by using a toothbrush and toothpaste to give them a quick periodic bath. Do this frequently enough and you will never see tarnish on your silver.
Jewelers Goldtone Brass
Brass Wire has the look of gold at a much less expensive price. Brass wire is very durable and last as long as any other wire. Brass does tarnish more quickly than gold and silver. Clean your brass wire frequently with a dab of toothpaste on a toothbrush. Store your pieces is a ziplock bag with 3m anti-tarnish strips.
Silver Alloy Wire
Silver Alloy contains some small percentage of nickel. It is a good value wire that keeps the cost of designs low for the budge conscious buyer. It has a more muted less shiny finish than sterling silver. For those with a sensitivity to certain metals sterling silver would be a better choice. This wire is durable and lasts a long time. It requires the same cleaning with a toothbrush as toothpaste as other metals.