With quality lying at the heart of ÉDV, you can rest assured only the best materials are considered when designing each collection. For us, that meant crafting our jewelry with 18K solid gold - a luxurious yet incredibly durable material that lives with you and your day-to-day, so that you can sparkle in style, no matter what the occasion.
So often do we see “solid gold” woven into product descriptions, but seldom do we ask what it actually means. To kick off our “know your” series, we’re giving you the low-down on solid gold, gold-filled and gold-plated jewelry, so that you’ll be well-equipped the next time you’re on the hunt for a quality piece, with the confidence of knowing exactly what you’re looking at – and paying for.
With its natural luster, hypoallergenic properties and resistance to tarnishing, it’s no wonder solid gold is so sought-after when it comes to crafting quality jewelry. Each piece is measured by karatage (K), which indicates the piece’s pure gold content and its proportion with other metal alloys:
Though it closely resembles solid gold in appearance, gold-filled jewelry differs significantly in composition. This variant is created by bonding several sheets of gold to a base metal (typically brass, copper or sterling silver) under immense heat and pressure, and is legally required to hold at least 5% gold by weight. While this reduction in gold content allows manufacturers to maintain lower costs, it also means that gold-filled jewelry will tarnish (with an average lifespan of 5 years) and lose its value over time.
Gold-plated jewelry is considered the lowest quality among the three categories, and features a thin layer of gold that’s electrically charged to a base metal. Because these pieces hold such minute traces of gold (0.05% or less), gold-plated jewelry virtually holds little to no value, and tends to quickly fade and tarnish within a year. This often results in a dull, rust-prone piece, and may cause allergies and discoloration when exposed to skin.
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Please note that ring sizes listed on this site are US / Canada sizing. Please click here for international ring size conversion.
(For example, if your ring size is 9 in Hong Kong, please choose size 5 on our site.)
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