Little Red
Jewelry
Design
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is gold filled?  Is it the same as gold plated?

2.  What type of silver do you use?

3.  Can I send a gemstone or cameo and have you make a setting for it?

4.  How do I care for my  jewelry?
Answers

1.  GOLD FILLED WIRE: Gold-filled wire is sometimes called rolled gold.  For most people, it will last their
entire lifetime without showing signs of wear. It is made by forming a tube of gold and filling the tube with a
base metal, usually jeweler's brass. The gold content is 5% or 1/20 of the total wire. Gold-filled wire for
jewelry offers an affordable, durable choice at a fraction of the cost of solid karat gold.   
Gold filled is not
gold plated wire.
 Gold plate is were a thin layer of gold is plated on the surface of a base metal.  This is
generally by electroplating.  Plating makes a thin layer of gold, much thinner than gold filled.  There is 100
times more gold in 14 kt. Rolled Gold (gold filled) than in gold plate.  Gold filled jewelry will generally last a
customers entire lifetime.

2.  
SILVER WIRE: Silver wire is 92.5% pure silver.  It is generally mixed with copper for durability.  Argentium
sterling silver is a new silver with no or much slower tarnishing than regular sterling silver.  

3.  
CUSTOM ORDERS:  At this time, I will be more than happy to create a lasting piece of jewelry using a
gemstone or cameo that you provide.

4.  
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY SCULPTED JEWELRY:  You care for wire sculpted jewelry the same as you
care for all of your jewelry.  I generally don't suggest commercial jewelry cleaners, since they have harsh
chemicals and can damage gemstones.  You can purchase a polishing cloth made for gold or silver and
keep your jewelry shining!  Another wire artist recommended Jewelry Joose.  I'm currently testing this
product to see if it works as well as stated.