18K GOLD PLATED
Our 18K Gold Plated pieces are a bronze alloy made of fine silver, copper and zinc plated with 18K gold. Over time pieces may develop a patina as oxygen mixes with copper and creates copper salts. This can be polished with a jewelry polishing cloth or wiped with a vinegar solution to bring back shine. Our pieces do not contain nickel or other harmful metals or chemicals. For people with sensitive skin we recommend our gold vermeil, sterling silver, or solid gold pieces. All 18K Gold Plated necklaces and earrings are paired with gold vermeil chains and sterling silver earring posts respectively.
We use .925 sterling silver for our sterling silver designs. Our silver has a bright finish that can be maintained by polishing with a sterling silver jewelry cloth.
Our Gold Vermeil pieces are made with a sterling silver base plated with 18K gold. Gold Vermeil delivers the look of solid gold, at a more affordable price. Gold Vermeil pieces can be re-plated from time to time to enhance their original layer.
10-24K SOLID GOLD
Our solid gold pieces are made with conflict-free gold. They range from 10-24K yellow gold. Solid white gold and solid rose gold are also available by special order.
10K GOLD: Contains the least amount of pure gold and as a result is the most affordable. It has a soft, cool gold hue.
14K GOLD: Suits most skin tones, and has a sunny yellow hue. It is durable and recommended for everyday wear and most used for wedding bands and rings.
18K GOLD: Has a warm hue and is the best option for those who want a richer gold colour that will stand up to daily wear. It is the most traditional gold karat.
24K GOLD: has a deep orange tone. It is made with pure gold. Pure gold is naturally soft and malleable, and therefore is not meant for everyday wear. Because of its purity, 24K gold has been used as a form of currency by various cultures throughout time.
Store all Omi Woods pieces in a cool and dry place. They can be kept in the cloth pouch or jewelry case they arrive in. Clean pieces with a soft cloth and warm soapy water. Polish Sterling Silver and Solid Gold pieces with a jewelry polishing cloth. Gilt Bronze and Gold Vermeil designs should not be polished with a polishing cloth. Reduce their exposure to sweat, moisture, and abrasion to maintain the plated layer of gold. 24K gold pieces should be treated like delicate fine jewelry and worn with care. Items with pearls and gemstones should be cleaned professionally by a jeweller.
About 20% of the worlds gold is used to fund conflicts around the globe. Our gold is conflict-free and sourced from casting houses that are committed to ethical manufacturing and reducing their carbon footprint.
Our rough diamonds are sourced from 100% conflict free mines. Our suppliers are committed to carefully tracking all of our diamonds from mine to market to ensure they are mined, cut, and polished in a socially and environmentally responsible manner that comply with UN Kimberly regulations.