Q : What do I use for the ear wires?
All my earrings are using Sterling silver ear wire and Gold filled. Very safe for those who have sensitive skin reaction.
Q: How to keep jewelry shine
To keep your jewelry to their original shine, I will recommend to store them in the seal lock bag to prevent them from moisture. If your piece are solid metal and no plated components and no stone, you can put them in the jewelry solution or the sonic jewelry cleaner. If your jewelry set with stone and made with precious metal, gentlely rub your piece with jewelry cleaning cloth.
Q: What is gold filled? Are they real gold?
Gold-filled, or gold overlay, is made by heat- and pressure-bonding a thin layer of karat gold to a brass (or other base metal) core. The "14/20" or "12/10" notation refers to the industry shorthand describing the resulting material. The first number is the karat purity of the gold used; the second number is the amount, by weight, of gold to the substrate material. "14/20" gold-filled material is made with 14-karat gold and the gold represents 1/20th (or 5%) of the total weight of the material. You may occasionally see other notations, too; each will inform you about the material's make-up. For example, "14/40" gold-filled is composed of 14-karat gold that represents 1/40th (or 2.5%) of the overall weight of the material.
• Karat gold covers the brass surface, making it tarnish-resistant.
• The value of gold-filled is greater than gold-plated because gold-filled has an actual layer of karat gold, not just a microscopic film.
• All of Rio’s gold-filled products meet federal quality standards.
• Gold-filled jewelry is economical. You will enjoy the warm tones of gold at a fraction of the cost of pure gold.
All my gold filled supplies are coming from reputable US suppliers and I only carry 14/20 purity gold filled for both yellow and rose gold filled.
Q: How do I clean gold filled?
You can treat gold filled jewelry just like gold. They are thick layaer of 14K gold and made to last. Clean them in the lightly soapy water with soft brush or gentle rub with jewelry cleaning cloth. Make sure to take your jewelry out before get into swimming pool or sauna room. Less contact with chemical is always good to avoid.