We chose to create fine jewelry because we are committed to the idea of quality crafted pieces that last forever. In today's market for rock-bottom prices, we know fast-fashion jewelry has an appeal. But fast-fashion jewelry is lower-priced for a reason - it relies on cheap, often environmentally damaging materials and questionable labor practices. Almost inevitably it falls apart and ends up in a landfill.
We strive to use only the highest quality materials that mitigate our environmental impact, and pay fair wages in NYC to highly skilled artisans who are proud of their work. Below is a detailed description of the materials that we choose to work with in our pieces.
With recent advances in technology, quality lab created diamonds are now essentially indistinguishable (and often superior) in quality from diamonds mined from the earth. Given the reduction in environmental impact compared to mined diamonds, as well as being indisputably conflict-free, we choose to use lab created diamonds for our pieces whenever possible, including all the white diamonds used in the Signature and Resist collections. We are partnering with American Grown Diamonds, a third-generation diamond dealer based in New York City, to procure only the highest quality lab created diamonds on the market.
While gold is naturally a beautiful golden hue, pure gold is too soft for jewelry use and needs to be combined with other metal alloys in order to be usable for jewelry production. Outside of Asia, 18K gold is the most premium of gold classes used for jewelry, consisting of 75% pure gold. 14K yellow gold is the most commonly used gold tier, and is comprised of 58.3% pure gold. All of our yellow gold pieces in our Signature Collection are made from 100% recycled, solid 18K yellow gold, chosen for both its beautiful hue and because of its slight malleability (for a more flexible fit in our cuffs and rings). The yellow gold pieces in the Resist Collection are made with 100% recycled, solid 14K yellow gold.
Rose gold is created by mixing pure gold with other alloys, including copper, to achieve a pinkish hue. We use solid, 100% recycled 10K rose gold in our Signature Collection to allow for a slight malleability and flexibility of fit in our cuffs and rings. 10K rose gold is comprised of 41.7% pure gold. 14K rose gold is comprised of 58.3% pure gold, and is used in addition to 10K rose gold for our Resist Collection pieces.
All of our silver pieces are made from solid, 100% recycled 925 sterling silver, which is comprised of 92.5% sterling silver and 7.5% of alloy metals in order to make the silver more durable for jewelry production. Silver naturally tarnishes with time and wear and exposure to humidity, but can be easily polished with a silver polishing cloth or silver cleaning solution.
FINDINGS AND CHAINS
Our silver pieces come with 925 sterling silver findings and chains.
While we insist on using solid 10K, 14K and 18K gold for our pieces, we also know that affordability is important to our customers. Gold-filled refers to the process of bonding a layer of real gold onto another metal, and is a much more durable and lasting gold alternative compared with gold-plating. We opt for gold-filled findings (i.e. earring backs, chains, pins) when a piece requires it. Using gold-filled findings instead of pure gold significantly reduces the total cost of the piece, which we pass onto our customer.. For those who would rather pay for solid gold findings, we are happy to offer that option - just send us a request!