Metals

About Metals

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TYPES OF METALS?

STERLING SILVER
Sterling silver is the standard of quality for jewelry containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper.

14K GOLD FILLED (or GF) 

Is made by fusing a layer of solid 14k karat gold to a supporting metal alloy (usually sterling silver). The bond produced is a permanent one and will not rub off with wear unlike gold-plate. Gold-fill is generally considered a lifetime product and will not tarnish or wear off like electroplated products will. Did you know that gold-fill contains 100 times the amount of gold than gold-plate?! The karat gold content must be 1/20th of the total metal weight. Nicole Kidd Designs uses 14k/18K/22K gold filled chains and findings to create riveting, lasting and affordable jewelry creations. Note: There is the occassional gold-plated product which we can't resist, but it will be identified as such.

14K GOLD
Pure (100%) gold is too soft, and is usually mixed with other metal alloys (silver, copper, nickel and zinc) to make it stronger and more durable for jewelry.
14k gold consists of 58.3% pure gold.

18K GOLD
Pure (100%) gold is too soft, and is usually mixed with other metal alloys (silver, copper, nickel and zinc) to make it stronger and more durable for jewelry. 18K gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts of another metal(s), making it 75% gold. 18k gold has a warm, rich yellow glow.

22K Gold =, 91.67% gold, 8.33% alloy.

23K Gold= 95.83% gold 

24K GOLD
24k gold is pure gold.

24K GOLD VERMEIL
Produced by electroplating 24k (pure) gold on sterling silver. By nature, 24k gold is very soft so you are advised to treat your 24k gold vermeil pieces with the utmost care - no sauna, pool fun, or major work-outs with this type of bling.

WHAT IS A KARAT
The karat indicates the amount of pure gold in the metal. The higher the karat, the higher the percentage of pure gold in the metal.

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