April 15, 2020
I have been going over this announcement over and over again for many months. Although I love creating jewelry and providing you with beautiful pieces to add to your wardrobe, I always felt like something was missing. Before you start thinking I have moved on from metal-smithing, that is far from the case! Instead, it feels like now is the perfect time to transition from gold-filled to solid gold.
Yes, the price of filled is more appealing, I'm sure. However, let me share a little back story on the difference of the two. The rankings in jewelry from least to greatest value are: gold-plated, gold-filled and solid. Both gold-plated and gold-filled start the same with the jeweler's base metal, like brass.
With gold-plated jewelry, the amount of gold on a piece is minuscule, like .5 to 2.5 microns of gold (usually it ranges from .5 - 1.0 microns).
Gold-filled jewelry has 100x more gold and at the same thickness as a sheet of paper (gasp, I know). This means it lasts much longer and can stand for a higher value, increasing the quality. With proper care and storage, gold-filled jewelry can last a lifetime, which is why I was proud to work with it and make some staple pieces for you all.
Now onto the real star here: solid gold. She's pure, she's loyal, and she's gorgeous... and apparently I consider her a she, can you blame me?
This is where I am headed now after having worked with gold-filled, even with its beautiful outcomes. But I want to bring an even greater level to the pieces I create, and that I feel can only be done with solid gold. While I still stand by gold-filled, and might even return to possibly create a cohesive demi-fine line, my heart has always been pulling me towards this new direction. I hope you will continue to follow me on this journey. Can't wait for you to see what I will have in store!
Stay safe and well.