Let’s talk about gold filled!
Gold filled jewelry consists of an actual layer of gold that is pressure bonded to another metal. Gold filled is one of the most valuable and tarnish resistant jewelry processes for creating gold jewelry. When properly cared for, your gold filled jewelry can last a lifetime and thanks to its durability, there's no need to worry about wear.
Gold filled jewelry is not real gold jewelry, but it still has the durability and the same look of high-end designer jewelry without breaking the bank. Our jewelry business takes pride in using gold filled material in our gold necklaces, gold earrings, gold rings, gold bracelets, and gold anklets. As a Luna Lux Gems customer we want to ensure that you always feel confident and shine like the true gem that you are when wearing our pieces!
Jewelry Care Information:
GOLD FILLED JEWELRY
Gold fill is second only to solid gold in terms of quality and is the best affordable option when it comes to durability and longevity.
Our gold filled jewelry is created with an outer layer of entirely 14k or 18k gold that is pressure-bonded to the brass base metal and contains at least 5% gold by weight. This technique is more durable than plating and vermeil and provides a longer life span for your pieces when provided with the right care. Gold fill is safe for most sensitive skin types. Please be cautious if you have an allergy to brass as our gold filled jewelry still contains this metal and your skin may have a reaction.
It's still important that you clean your items with a wet cloth, gentle toothbrush, and ordinary soap. Do not use rough-surfaced cleaning pads.
Though gold filled pieces are durable, we still do not recommend them coming in direct contact with lotions, oils, perfumes, or ocean/pool water. This can dull your pieces and reduce their shine. We recommend your jewelry be the last thing you put on when heading out and first thing to come off before the night ends. After removing your jewelry, run a clean dry cloth over each piece to remove the day! This is the best way to make sure your pieces last a lifetime!
GOLD PLATED JEWELRY
Gold plated jewelry is made of a thin layer of gold electroplated over brass. We choose materials with the thickest plating wherever possible. Regardless, these pieces need to be cared for to live their best lives. Do not wear your gold plated jewelry in water. Avoid contact with lotions, perfumes, oils, and sweat. These chemicals can dull your pieces and reduce their shine.
We recommend your jewelry be the last thing you put on when heading out. After removing your jewelry, run a clean dry cloth over each piece to remove the day. Do not use polish or soap on these pieces, as these chemicals can easily strip the gold. If you have a known allergy to brass, please be aware when purchasing gold plated jewelry.
A small selection of our gold plated jewelry is now made with a stainless steel base rather than brass. Materials are noted on the product page for each piece. Gold plated steel still needs a little TLC, and we recommend removing it before showering or swimming to preserve its shine.
KEEP IN MIND!
The pH of your skin may react to metal jewelry. It could be not having enough water, if you have lotion on where your jewelry is, even not drinking enough water. Please me mindful because the acidity of your skin can play a rule on tarnishing your pieces. It can also be caused by other things on your skin, such as lotion, oils, or perfumes. Don't worry though, just wipe down the area where you applied anything before placing your gems on!
If you have a known allergy to brass, please be aware when purchasing our gold-plated and gold-filled jewelry. While gold fill has an outer layer of 5-10% 14k gold over brass, it still contains brass as a base metal and skin highly sensitive to brass may be affected. For these customers, we recommend gold vermeil or solid gold jewelry. All of our pieces are nickel- and lead-free.
Gold jewelry may vary slightly in color. This is because, unless it is 24k (meaning 100% gold), it’s a mixture of gold and other metals (called gold alloy). 24k solid gold is quite soft and can easily dent and scratch, making it less durable for everyday use. 14k gold is 14/24 or about 58% gold, and about 42% other metals - this is the most common gold selection due to its durability. The particular mixture of metals gives gold alloy its own particular hue and tone and can vary slightly.
If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us!
Top 3 Tips On How To Store Jewelry:
1. Pick out a nice jewelry stand that you love and that is the best way to organize your necklaces and to ensure they do not tangle up! Read our blog post to see how we organize our jewelry.
2. When it comes to storing gold hoops, gold earrings, gold rings, and gold bracelets, we like to store our rings on a ring holder and bracelets and earrings in a cute dish. Read our blog post to see how we organize our jewelry.
3. When it comes time to travel with your gold jewelry, it is best that you invest into a jewelry traveling case or simply placing each jewelry into their own individual pouches to make sure that no pieces tangle with one another. Make sure to pack with care because you don't want to end up losing or breaking a piece while on your travels.
Believe it or not, regardless of price, jewelry that looks delicate, is. Still remember not to pull or yank your jewelry around when it gets tangled up. Be sure to be gentle and patient with it. To learn more how to untangle your necklaces, read our blog post on how to untangle your jewelry.
Of course your jewelry is meant to be worn, seen and enjoyed - just do so with care! It's normal for jewelry to break, but don't worry! We offer free repairs on all of our gold necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, and anklets. Contact us at email@example.com for more information or just simply shoot us an email asking for a free pair on your jewelry, click here
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1. What is Gold-Filled?
Gold filled is a United States layered gold product that is gaining popularity throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. It is a quality material that is common in all types of jewelry. The product is easy to care for and will usually maintain its golden shine for a lifetime.
Gold filled jewelry is constructed in two or three layers. The core metal is jewelers’ brass. A gold alloy is then bonded to one or both surfaces of the brass core with heat and pressure. Unlike plated (aka electroplated or "dipped") metals, Gold-filled is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. This 5% is then described by the karatage of the gold alloy. Our Gold-filled items are 14kt gold-filled. 14 karat Gold-filled products are identified as 14/20 Gold-filled; alternatively, 14 karat Gold-Filled is also acceptable.
2. What is Gold Plated? – Gold plating is a layer of solid gold applied to a brass base. The plating does not compose any measurable proportion of the products total weight. It is estimated to be 0.05% or less of the metal product. Gold plating will generally wear off rather quickly and expose the brass base product. It does not stand up to heat, water or wear over time.
3. The Difference Between Gold-Filled and Solid Gold
Solid gold is an alloy that is described with the karatage of pure gold. Pure gold is 24 karat. However, it is much too soft to hold its shape or wear well. Therefore, it is mixed or alloyed with other metals to make it harder and easier to work with. Karatage refers to the alloy’s purity. For example, 8 karat gold is 8/24 pure gold or 33.3% pure. Gold-filled is not the same as solid gold. It is a layered alternative product. The gold-filled karatage only refers to the gold layers that compose 5% of the product on the surface.
4. What is Gold Vermeil?
Vermeil, or gold vermeil is a term coined for sterling silver items that are plated with a thin layer of gold. It is essentially a more valuable gold-plated option. In America, to be considered vermeil, an item must be coated with gold at least 10 karats pure. On top of that, the gold layer must have a thickness of at least 2.5 microns. Vermeil is also always marked as .925 or Sterling.
5. Can I Get My Jewelry Wet?
Yes you can, unless it is gold plated and we always state if a charm is gold plated or not in our description for each piece. We just do not recommend spraying perfume directly on your gold filled jewerly. Remember to clean it with a warm cloth after contact to keep the shine on your gold filled jewelry.
6. Do You Offer Free Repairs?
Yes we do! Please contact us if you ever need a free repair, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact us directly by clicking here.
7. Will My Jewelry Tarnish?
With proper care, your gold filled jewelry will not tarnish because gold filled is known to be tarnish resistant. Our gold filled jewelry is rarely gold plated, once in a while will a charm be gold plated, but we inform you if so. You are able to wear our gold filled necklaces, gold filled hoops, gold filled earrings, gold filled rings, gold filled bracelets, and gold filled anklets.
8. Do you do custom orders?
All the time! Please email us at email@example.com or contact us directly by clicking here.
9. How do I take care of my jewelry?
With any type of jewelry, even solid gold jewelry and solid silver jewelry, regular cleaning and upkeep is needed to keep your gold filled jewelry at its best condition. Simply use warm water and soap or a polishing cloth to clean. You can use our gold filled jewelry in water, however do wipe it down with warm water after you’re done, especially after being submerged in salt water. Sweat can also make your gold filled jewelry duller quicker, especially gold filled necklaces, so remove these when you are working out. To learn more, click here!
10. How can I figure out what my ring size is?
Click here to find out your ring size!
Each item is made to bring happiness and joy. Please do remember that each piece from Luna Lux Gems is mainly handmade, however if you are not happy with your purchase, unused items may be returned for an exchange or store credit. Customer's are responsible for all return shipping costs and all included materials received from Luna Lux Gems shall be included.
Every item is made to order by hand, this means that not all purchased items will be ready to ship immediately after order. Normal turn around time is 3-5 business days from purchase to shipment. The owner, Mia, is a one woman team and mainly makes each piece to order by hand. This means the process time takes a little bit longer. If a purchase needs to be rushed for a special occasion, feel free to reach out!
Unforeseen issues with material availability that could delay shipment will be communicated to customers as soon as we become aware of them.
The buyer will receive shipping and tracking via email address associated with the order.
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WHEN PACKAGES REACHES USPS:
Please note that once your package arrives to the post office, it is out of our companies control on what happens to your package. If lost or stolen Luna Lux Gems will NOT be able to give out a refund due to us fulfilling the order already. This will be in USPS control and will have to contact your local post office to open a case of a missing item. We of course want to help as much as we can to make your experience as easy as possible, so feel free to contact us if this does happen and we can try our best to help! This is very rare, but we're aware things happen and we would like to warn our customers. Thank you!