Many people wonder what makes Miriam Jewels so unique to the industry. Today we will be discussing the different types of materials in MJ’s jewelry. We will first start with fine silver and then move on to gold fill. These two elements hold the most importance in creating your favorite MJ pieces!
Fine Silver is 99.9% pure silver completely free of alloys. It’s counterpart, sterling silver, contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% alloys. With that being said, fine silver is much less resistant to tarnish as sterling silver because of the level of purity. The addition of alloys (usually copper is added) to sterling silver give the metal a more solid back-frame, hence the reason why the majority of jewelry is made from sterling silver. Fine silver is generally too soft for producing objects, but perfect for making wire crochet jewelry! Miriam uses only fine silver wire to crochet her beloved collection.
Gold fill vs Gold plated- Gold fill is produced when a layer of gold is heated and bonded to an alloy base, which is typically brass. The strong bond prevents the gold from chipping off making it a step below pure solid gold. When you wear gold plated jewelry, often times your finger will turn green or the jewelry will lose it’s luxurious color over time. This is due to the fact that a thin layer of gold is chemically or electrically deposited on top of either silver or copper to create gold plated pieces. Invest a little more money on your jewelry by purchasing gold fill!!! It is much like a solid gold item (look & durability), but at the fraction of the cost.
Watch out for our next blog about the mythical properties of Miriam Jewels!