Gold Filled Jewelry
Mary uses gold-filled wire for her Classic pieces. More durable than gold plating, gold-filled wire comprises a layer of solid gold — generally at least 5% of the piece’s weight — that is mechanically bonded to a strong, mixed-metal base and less prone to chipping, fading, and tarnishing than gold-plated jewelry. Moreover, gold-filled pieces have the same appearance as 14K gold and can last a lifetime with proper care.
14k gold is one of the most durable alloys, which is why we are able to craft pieces out of thin wire. If the metal appears dull, place in a small basin of hot water and a tiny bit of dish soap.
Mary uses drilled beads for many of our designs. Should the drill hole collect debris over time, soak in hot water and soap to loosen, then use a toothbrush to clean throughout the hole.
Opals - opals are extremely soft and porous stones, which means that they absorb moisture. Be careful not to wear opals in any water, during exercise or excessive sweat, or in extremely humid climates as these conditions can result in your stone discoloring, or cracking.
Pearls - to maintain your pearl’s natural lustre, avoid chemicals and salt water with wear as they will dull the pearl’s nacre, or outermost layers.