ETHICAL FINE METALS
Omi Woods jewelry is ethically handmade with fairly sourced African gold, recycled and conflict-free fine metals; sterling silver, gold vermeil (gold over sterling silver) and solid gold. 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. They are rare, naturally occurring metals of high value that stand the test of time.
FAIRLY SOURCED AFRICAN GOLD
We believe in paying people fairly for their resources, time and labour. Our solid gold jewelry is made with recycled and ethically sourced African gold. The gold is sourced from small-scale artisanal mines that support the well-being of miners and their communities by paying miners fairly and contributing to improved health care, education, safety and living conditions on the continent. This gold is extracted utilizing traditional methods that have a low impact on the earth. Visit our page on Fair and Ethically Sourced Gold for more information.
10K-24K SOLID GOLD
Our solid gold pieces are made with recycled and fairly sourced African gold. They range from 10-24K yellow gold. Solid white gold and solid rose gold are also available upon request. All solid gold pendants 18K and over are paired with solid 18K gold chains.
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.
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.
Omi Woods designs are made with conflict-free and recycled .925 sterling silver. 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 or dipped in silver cleaning solution to remove any oxidation.
Our Gold Vermeil pieces are made with a base of solid recycled and conflict free sterling silver plated with recycled 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 or dipped in silver cleaning solution to remove any oxidation.
CONFLICT-FREE FINE METALS AND GEMSTONES
About 20% of the worlds gold is used to fund conflicts around the globe. Our gold, fine metals and gemstones are conflict-free and responsibly sourced from casting houses, and suppliers that that are committed to ethical manufacturing and reducing their carbon footprint.
SOLID WHITE GOLD AND ROSE GOLD
Solid 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.
Omi Woods uses un-mined, conflict-free, lab grown diamonds in our designs. Lab grown diamonds or cultured diamonds are a renewable resources, as opposed to natural mined diamonds, and have a lower environmental and human impact. Lab grown diamonds are chemically, physically and visually no different than natural diamonds. Because they are cultured in controlled conditions, they are usually of more clear, with less inclusions and higher quality. They are made using the same material as natural diamonds: pure carbon crystallized under high pressure.
Omi Woods uses natural, responsibly sourced gemstones in our designs. Why genuine gemstones and not lab-grown and un-mined? Genuine gemstones have been used in jewelry since the beginnings of civilization. With the exception of peridots and diamonds, all genuine gemstones can be found in the earths crust rather than deep in its mantle. Thus responsibly sourced gemstones can be extracted from the earth in low impact, environmentally friendly ways.
Store your Omi Woods jewelry in a cool and dry place. Gold Vermeil and Sterling Silver pieces can be kept in the pouch or jewelry case they arrive in.
We recommend storing jewelry in a dish or soft lined jewelry case with reasonable air circulation. Silver should be worn against the skin often to keep from tarnishing.
Polish Sterling Silver and Solid Gold pieces with a jewelry polishing cloth. Gold Vermeil designs should not be polished but dipped in a silver cleaning solution. Reduce all jewelry's exposure to sweat, moisture, oils, perfumes, chlorine, sunscreen and abrasion - especially gold vermeil.
24K Solid Gold pieces should be treated like delicate fine jewelry and worn with care.
Jewelry without gemstones, and jewelry with diamonds can be cleaned with warm soapy water from time to time. Items with pearls and gemstones should be cleaned professionally by a jeweller as they often require specific care.