Our Enviromental Responsibilities
& Our Passion Charities
What is Gold Filled?
Gold-filled jewelry is composed of a solid layer of gold, which must constitute at least 5% of the item's total weight, mechanically bonded to sterling silver or a base metal.
Some high quality gold-filled pieces have the same appearance as 14 karat (58%) gold. Gold-filled items are 5 to 10 times thicker than regular gold plating, and 15 to 25 times thicker than gold electroplate.
What does this mean for you?
By using gold filled material it allows us as designers to be able to offer you a product at a great price that will last for many years to come!
What is Argentium Silver?
Argentium silver is a modern sterling silver alloy, containing 93.5% silver, in which the traditional alloy (92.5% silver + 7.5% copper) is modified by removing some of the copper and adding the metalloid germanium.
What does that mean for you?
Argentium silver is whiter and brighter than traditional sterling and is much more tarnish resistant, that means way less polishing! It is also made of RECYCLED sterling silver so it's more enviromentally friendly along with the benifits of no firescale when working with the design. This also means less harsh chemicals are used in fabrication!
I love working with metals and gems but there is a real enviromental impact when it comes to mining so I do what I can to be enviromentally friendly. When ever possible I use Argentium instead of sterling so I know my silver is being recycled, I also partcipate in a program with my distibutor so I can send back all my silver scraps to be recycled. When working with soldering silver and gold some peices need to be cleaned in a "pickle". This is normally a chemical acidic bath that helps remove fire scale, instead of using the harsh mixture I use a combination of vinegar and salt. Much friendlier for the enviroment and safe to dispose of. Even when it comes to my show displays I use recycled barn wood, metal scraps that are rebuilt, and other odds and ends that I find giving the old a repurposed 2nd life!
Our Passion Charities
We love throwing events to donate towards our passion charities! Tell us about your passion and lets come up with a plan!
For Milo's 4th Birthday we turned it into a dog party! We invited several different dog vendors and True Friends Animal Welfare Center to enjoy in the fun. The bottom picture is the only opportunity I had to take a picture after the rain and before we got swamped with people! We auctioned off a Zentangle Original Drawing that went for $200 directly donated to True Friends!