MATERIALS & CARE
All ALKYMI jewellery is handmade to order in our London Studio and most of our pieces are made from 14k Gold Fill or contain 14k Gold Fill.
What is 14k Gold Fill?
It is a strictly regulated process that involves pressure bonding multiple layers of solid 14k gold with extreme heat over a core of high quality jeweller’s brass. This process results in a durable, quality real gold product. In order for a metal to be legally considered Gold Filled, it must have a gold content of at least 5% of the total weight of the item.
You may find 14/20 stamped on our pieces of gold filled jewellery, which means that the layer of gold is 14 karat gold and that the fraction of gold on the total weight of the piece is 1/20 aka the mandatory 5%.
What is the difference between Gold Fill and Gold Plated?
There’s a lot more gold in gold-fill and the gold is attached in a way that’s much more durable. Also, the standards for 14k gold-fill are strictly regulated, while the standards for "gold plated" encompass a broad range of thicknesses, so you can't be sure how much gold is in the plated layer.
Gold-fill is absolutely your best option after solid gold for quality and durability. It will not flake off or turn your skin green and offers a great option for people with sensitive skin
Gold-fill jewellery can stay beautiful for a lifetime, especially with a little care.
To keep your jewellery looking it’s best we recommend:
Remove your jewellery when showering or swimming. Water alone won’t do much harm to your jewellery however soaps and chlorines can negatively affect the look of the gold.
Taking your jewellery off before bed and before working out will help to preserve it. The oils on your skin from sweating can have an impact on the shininess of the gold and fine chains may snag or get caught on sheets when sleeping.
Certain products can tarnish your jewellery, for example, sunscreen, perfume, nail varnish remover, cleaning products/ bleach. Try to minimise the contact of these products by putting your jewellery on last or taking it off at certain times.