At Sarah Elise Jewelry, we work with the finest materials. Our jewelry is crafted in recycled 14k Solid Gold, 18k Solid Gold, and Platinum.
14k Yellow gold is 58.5% pure gold and 41.5% alloys. It is yellow with a slight orangish tinge due to its higher copper content.
18k Yellow gold is 75% pure gold and 25% alloys, so it is a more buttery yellow color than 14k yellow gold.
18k Yellow gold is slightly softer and about 15% heavier than 14k Yellow gold.
14k White gold is 58.5% pure gold 41.5% white alloys.
18k White gold is 75% pure gold and 25% white alloys.
White gold is naturally off-white color because of the white alloys. For this reason, white gold jewelry is rhodium plated.
What is Rhodium Plating?
Rhodium plating refers to the process of applying a thin layer of rhodium, a rare and highly reflective metal from the platinum group, onto the surface of another metal, often silver, gold, or other base metals. This plating is commonly used in the jewelry industry to enhance the appearance and properties of the underlying metal. Rhodium is known for its brilliant, white, and reflective finish, making it a popular choice for creating a shiny and lustrous surface on jewelry.
It's important to note that while rhodium plating offers numerous benefits, the plating layer can wear off over time, especially with frequently worn items. In such cases, re-plating the jewelry might be necessary to maintain its desired appearance and properties.
Re-plating can be done by Sarah Elise or any jewelry repair shop.
14k Rose gold is 58.5% pure gold and 41.5% rose alloys have a pink color.
18k Rose gold is 75% pure gold and 25% rose alloys.
14k and 18k rose gold have a very similar color and overall appearance.
Platinum has the purest alloy, 95% platinum and 5% iridium or cobalt. It is naturally white but finishes in a darker grey than 14k or 18k white gold. Platinum is harder and denser. It is 70% heavier than 14k white gold.
With regular wear, your jewelry will scratch. However, it can be restored to a new appearance via polishing by a jeweler. You can easily polish yourself with a proper polishing cloth or solution. You can read more about jewelry care Here.
Diamonds and Gemstones
We create our jewelry using natural diamonds and gemstones that are free from conflicts. The diamonds possess a natural G color and SI quality without any enhancements or treatments. The gemstones are hand cut and ethically sourced. Our emeralds are treated as natural emeralds, following the usual practice of treating them with oil or other "fillers" to improve the clarity of the emerald.