Classic Opal Studs
Layers of solid 14k gold are pressure bonded to a core of either sterling silver or jeweler’s brass. The result is a durable, price-friendly alternative to solid gold, with over 100 times more gold in it than gold plated pieces. It remains nickel free, hypoallergenic and can get wet without tarnishing or turning your skin green.
A thin layer of gold electrically deposited onto a surface via electroplating. With direct contact to your skin, this will eventually wear off. Luckily, the only base metal pieces we offer do not directly touch your skin. (The Folded Fans for example have 14k gold filled ear wires).
Gold Plating on Top of Gold Fill:
For some of our fabricated gold filled pieces such as bezel-set rings, we add another layer of 14k gold via electroplating. Why? Heavily fabricated pieces need to be sanded and polished, which results in removing some of the layer of gold in the gold fill. By plating on a top coat, it ensures that the gold isn’t thin at the soldering joints, and evens and smooths the sanded areas / seams.
We also use sterling silver! Silver is the softest out of these metals but still great for everyday wear. Silver can tarnish when exposed to moisture or humidity whereas gold will not.
EWD cleaning solution:
Our cleaning solution is good for all metal types and most stones. (Available here)
For all metal types (including plated jewelry):
Wash with warm water + gentle dish soap and a soft bristled toothbrush. Soak the piece in warm soapy water for 5 minutes or so before scrubbing built up dirt and debris off. Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
Jewelry Polishing Cloth:
This is a special polishing cloth or pad with a polishing compound embedded in its fibers. It can be used on gold, sterling silver, and gold filled but is not recommended for plated jewelry (it will “polish” the layer of plating right off). We recommend the Sunshine Polishing Cloth or can provide you with one of our own in store.
Although certain metals can get wet and do not tarnish if they are properly dried, cared for and stored, we do NOT recommend showering in, sleeping in, spraying perfume or applying lotions / makeup directly on or near EWD jewelry. Overtime, these activities can dull, wear out, weaken and warp your pieces. Store your jewelry in small baggies to separate them from scratching each other, or store in a jewelry box / case to protect them from moisture. Remove jewelry before doing the dishes, using harsh cleaning or alcohol and acetone based products, working out in, swimming in, or using hand sanitizer. We are not responsible for compensating repairs if the piece breaks by force (i.e. dropping or bumping into something, snagging on clothing, etc.) or due to the above mentioned activities. Our pieces are delicate but will last forever if cared for correctly!
Most stones do just fine in our cleaning solution and will shine them up to the most sparkly you’ve ever seen them!
Most of the opals used in the Classic Collection listed as “confetti” or “white” opals are cultured, therefore they are stronger and will not absorb liquid or change colors. Those are just fine to go in the jewelry cleaning solution and can be cleaned with soap and water as well.
Australian and Ethiopian opals should be cared for separately. A general rule of thumb to keep in mind is that their hardness is about that of glass (6.5 on Mohs hardness scale) therefore you should remove it when doing anything too hands on to avoid scratching or breaking it.
Australian opal is a soft mineral composed of silicon and water that forms when silica-rich water crystalizes when trapped in rock (sediment) over thousands of years. It has incredible arrays of light and color and each one is unique. It is safe to use gentle dish soap with warm water and a soft brush to clean. Dry thoroughly with a cloth.
Ethiopian opals are different from Australian opals because they come from volcanic deposits rather than sedimentary deposits. Ethiopian opal is hydrophane (from the Greek meaning “water loving”) and absorbs liquids. Because of this, the stone can absorb liquids that will damage its color properties; any pure water it absorbs should dry in a day or two without damaging the stone. Be aware that oils, soaps and chemicals if absorbed, may stain the stone, changing its color or damaging its signature play of light. Clean the stone with a soft cloth. Never clean using soap, chemicals, oil, steam or ultrasonics. Kindly note: Although it is likely to regain its original color when only exposed to water itself, sometimes it can look slightly different than before or look matte, which is why we suggest avoiding water to be safe. To clean the stone, simply wipe with a dry cloth. To clean its setting, we’d recommend the metal polishing cloth route!
Below is an example of a hydrophane opal when exposed to the above listed contaminants:
ABOUT LAB DIAMONDS:
Lab-grown diamonds are real and genuine diamonds — not simulants. They are optically, visually, and chemically identical to natural diamonds.
Instead of forming over millions of years in the earth's mantle, they are created in rough crystal form by scientists using a fragment of a natural diamond or "diamond seed." They are the perfect ethical option and have no inclusions, which guarantees the highest clarity possible.
Moissanite is a naturally occurring mineral composed of silica carbide that scientists have recreated in a lab. Its chemical and optical properties cause it to radiate unparalleled fire and brilliance, making it one of the most durable yet affordable gemstones available today.
Physical Properties of Moissanite:
1. Brilliance - The chemical structure allows it to slow down, bend, and redirect light better than any other gemstone. On the Brilliance Refractive Index, it measures at a whopping 2.691 - making it the world's most brilliant gem.
2. Toughness - The toughness and durability of Moissanite is extremely hard, ranking it second to diamond on the Mohs scale.
3. Fire - Fire, or dispersion, marks a gemstone's ability to split light as it passes through the stone, creating a rainbow-like effect. It is considered four times brighter than any other diamond or gemstone.
We use Forever One Moissanite which is a 100% colorless or near colorless gem produced by Charles & Colvard with a color range of D-E-F (colorless) or G-H-I (near colorless) and a clarity of VS or VVS. Notably, Moissanite is also internally colorless without treatment or enhancement and will not disappear over time.