24K is the only true solid gold option. Gold is a very soft metal so it's popular to blend gold with other alloys such as, silver, copper, nickel and zinc to make it stronger and more durable for jewelry. The most popular gold used in jewelry is 22K, 18K, 14K and 10K. The higher the number the more gold content but you also sacrifice durability. 18K and 14K are my top choices for quality and durability.
The difference between sterling silver and “solid” silver is the amount of silver in the item. Sterling silver consists of 92% silver, the remaining 8% is another alloy (usually copper). On sterling silverware or jewelry you will notice a stamp on the piece that reads .925 meaning 92%.Solid silver, also known as fine silver, is as close to 100% silver as you can get.
The reason we don't “normally” use fine silver for jewelry or eating ustensils is because silver is a very “soft” metal, it doesn't hold up to the abuse that you put everyday items through very well. That's where sterling .925 silver comes in. Since the silver is mixed with other stronger metals it makes the item strong enough for everyday use.
What is gold-plated?
Gold and silver-plated is a layer of gold/silver put over a base metal.
ELNA DESIGN is working with the best 3 microns 14K gold platted to make sure the jewels last for years.
What is Silver-plated?
Silver plating is a layer of silver deposited on to a base metal such as copper, brass, or nickel. These jewelry pieces are more durable and generally less valuable than sterling silver jewelry pieces.
As our hair jewels are not in contact with the skin, the speed at which the patina tends to disappear is very slow and will depend on the way in which the jewelry is cared for.
It is not recommended to wear jewelry when you are sleeping, swimming, or participating in sporting activities. Also avoid contact with perfumes and make-up.
The patina might tends to disappear over time. The speed at which this disappears is a normal phenomenon resulting from wear and tear.
For your information :
- 14K 3 microns gold-plated in our shop
- Silver-plated on brass in our shop
- 14K 3 microns rosé gold-plated (soon available in our shop)
- Sterling silver (order based production)
- 14K solid gold (order based production)
For all your jewels
Store your jewelry separately in your Elna Organic Cotton Pouch.