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ETHICAL FINE METALS

Omi Woods Jewelry is ethically handmade with fine metals. What are fine metals? Fine metals are also known as precious metals, and in some cases noble and native metals. They are rare, naturally occurring metals of high economic value. Scientifically, fine metals are higher in resistance to corrosion and oxidation, and therefore have been used in high technology and ornamentation (i.e. art, jewelry, and sacred objects etc.) since time immemorial. 

Omi Woods designs are made using Sterling Silver, Gold Vermeil (gold over sterling silver) and Solid Gold. 

18K GOLD PLATED* Limited Time

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. 

STERLING SILVER

We use .925 sterling silver for our silver jewelry designs. Sterling silver is made of about 92.5% fine silver. Our silver has a bright finish that can be maintained by polishing with a sterling silver jewelry cloth. 

GOLD VERMEIL

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 gold layer. 

10K-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 upon request.

10K GOLD: Contains the least amount of pure gold (41.7%) and as a result is the most affordable. It has a soft, cool gold hue.

14K GOLD: Suits most skin tones, and has a light sunny yellow hue. It is durable and recommended for everyday wear. It is used most for wedding bands and rings. 14K gold is made of 58.3% pure gold.

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 one of the more popular karats of gold, because of its durability, lustre, and relatively high gold content. It contains 75% pure gold. 

Currency and Investment Karats - Why 22K and 24K Gold Jewelry 

Gold has been used as currency across cultures since times immemorial. It is generally purchased in the form of bullion/bars, coins, or jewelry.  Gold and other precious metals are often inversely connected to the value of government issued currency, with gold prices rising as currency rates fall. For this reason it has become a safe haven for people interested in protecting their assets.  

Although gold jewelry -specifically in lower karats- does not hold the resale value of gold bars and coins, gold jewelry is generally regarded as one of the most simple and discrete ways to retain and transfer wealth. Gold jewelry can be worn during travel and does not need to be declared at airports. It can be stored in your home, and passed on as gifts.  Gold jewelry has also been exempt from historical governmental bans on the ownership of gold bars and coins. 

The karat of your jewelry, however, matters. The higher purity of 22K and 24K gold jewelry means it is regarded globally as investment gold. It is more liquid than other karats of gold, and is also better able to be melted down and made into other types of jewelry. 22K and 24K gold jewelry is worth close to the market price for gold and appreciate as gold prices rise. 

22K GOLD: *Contact Us For Pricing: 22K gold is one of the best options for solid gold jewelry that retains its value and is durable enough to wear frequently. Many cultures gift this type of gold during special occasions, especially during weddings where the groom's family literally passes down generational wealth to the bride through jewelry and other forms of adornment. 22K gold jewelry contains 91.6% pure gold.  Your 22K gold jewelry piece will be worth close to its weight in grams and will appreciate over time as gold prices rise. 

24K GOLD: Has a deep orange tone. It contains 99.9% gold, making it the purest form of gold. However, pure gold is also naturally soft and malleable, and is therefore not intended for everyday wear. 24K Gold jewelry should be regarded as keepsakes to be worn for special occasions. Because of its purity, 24K gold has been used as a form of currency by various cultures throughout time. Your 24K gold jewelry piece will be worth close to its weight in grams and will appreciate over time as gold prices rise.

WHITE GOLD AND ROSE GOLD

White and rose gold are available by request. Simply contact us to let us know you would like your piece made with a white or rose gold colour. Prices for white and rose gold depend on the karat and weight of the item, and are the same as our yellow gold prices displayed on our online store.  

PLATINUM AND PALLADIUM

Contact us directly for platinum and palladium prices and designs. 

CARE

Store your Omi Woods jewelry in a cool and dry place. It can be kept in the pouch or jewelry case it arrives in. Clean jewelry with a soft cloth and warm soapy water.  Polish Sterling Silver and Solid Gold pieces with a jewelry polishing cloth.   18K Plated 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. 

CONFLICT-FREE GOLD

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. 

CONFLICT-FREE DIAMONDS

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.

 

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