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2431 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA, 94115
United States

4154403637

Jennifer Tuton San Francisco jewelry designer. Handmade jewelry. Semi-precious gem stones. Fine jewelry. Fashion jewelry. 

FAQ

FAQ

WHAT IS GOLD FILLED?

  • Gold filled is an actual layer of gold-pressure bonded to another metal.
  • Gold filled is not gold plated as gold filled contains more gold than gold plated.
  • Gold filled is brass or copper, covered by sheets of gold in a mechanical bonding process.
  • Gold filled is much more valuable and tarnish resistant than gold plated.
  • Gold filled does not flake off, rub off or turn colors.
  • Anyone who can wear gold, can wear gold filled without worry of allergic reaction.
  • Gold filled will last as long as 14K gold.
  • Gold filled is LEAD free.

 

WHAT IS VERMEIL?  

  • Vermeil is a metal made by coating a base of sterling silver with gold (that is at least 10K).

 

WHAT IS 24K OVERLAY? 

  • Gold overlay is often confused with gold plating. Gold overlay is done by forging a new alloy with a base metal like brass, copper or an alloy of copper.
  • Gold plating is electroplating a metal usually nickel with gold.
  • Gold overlay is durable and will remain beautiful for a lifetime if it is looked after carefully.
  • Gold overlay jewelry is easy to take care of and almost impossible to break. Nickel found in gold plating is absent in gold overlay. People with sensitive skin usually have an allergic reaction to nickel while gold overlay jewelry is skin friendly and it is rare for people to develop an allergy to gold overlay jewelry.
  • Gold overlay jewelry is jewelry made of a fusion of gold and a base metal. It is not likely to chip or fade easily.

 

A NOTE ABOUT YOUR PIECE OF JENNIFER TUTON JEWELRY  

Each piece is hand made and, as in nature, no two items are exactly alike.  I'm very attentive to detail however small stamping imperfections could occur and should not be considered as a flaw. As in all hand-crafted jewelry this gives each piece a unique look.  This applies to gemstones as well.  Some blemishes may exist and this is an intrinsic characteristic of the stone.

CARING FOR YOUR JENNIFER TUTON JEWELRY

  • Put Jewelry On After Applying Makeup – Cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes and lotion can contain chemicals that can often damage jewelry. Putting jewelry on after applying these materials will limit exposure to jewelry and any potential damage.
  • Don't Wear Jewelry In Swimming Pools and Spas – Chlorinated water can react with the metals found in jewelry causing color changes and even structural damage. As a result it's a good idea to remove jewelry before entering the pool or spa.
  • Contact Sports and Jewelry Don't Mix– Hard blows during sports can damage jewelry.  All jewelry should be removed before play begins.  Having said that, there are those that like to wear jewelry whilst exercising, and it works for them. Which leads me to my last point...
  • Enjoy your life - As a rule of thumb I always say "live your life."  Wear your jewelry!  But be aware that exposure to chemicals such as perfume, hairspray, chlorine, and cleaning detergents may shorten the life of your piece.