Sterling silver is an alloy of pure silver containing 92.5% (925 stamp) by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. Pure silver is a soft metal which needs a mix of other metals to strengthen it. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925.❥

Vermeil gold is a specific kind of gold plating. The process of creating a vermeil piece of jewelry involves coating sterling silver 925 base with a thin layer of gold that is at least 10 karats and 2.5 microns thick.

**Gold filled (G/F) products consist of a layer of 14K gold that is pressure bonded to another metal. G/F is one of the most valuable and tarnish resistant processes for creating gold jewellery. If properly cared for, your G/F jewellery can last for a lifetime. G/F jewellery is an economical alternative to solid gold.