- Plated jewelry is a thin layer of sterling silver or 18k gold over a brass metal base. Once the brass is exposed, it tarnishes and can turn your skin green due to the brass being a combination of zinc and copper. It can wear off rather quickly and does not stand up to heat, water, or wear overtime. To be classified as plated, a piece must be .05% gold or sterling silver by weight.
- 14k Gold Filled is a solid layer of gold mechanically bonded to a base metal resulting in a durable, long lasting product that looks like solid gold at a more affordable price. It does not flake, rub off or turn colors. It is completely tarnish resistant and a great choice for people with sensitive skin. It is great for everyday wear and can get wet, just be mindful of stones that are on gold filled jewelry. To be classified as gold filled, a piece must be 5% gold by weight (this means that gold filled jewelry is 100 times thicker than plated jewelry!).
- Sterling silver is .925 silver with a .075 copper additive. It is an affordable version of pure silver and suitable for people with sensitive skin. When it does tarnish, it can be cleaned and restored back to its original quality (unlike plated jewelry).