WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU WORK WITH?
We create our jewelry using sterling silver, bronze, and 14k gold. All charms, pendants, and rings are made with solid sterling silver, bronze, and 14k gold. The sterling silver we use is nickel free. We proudly us reclaimed and recycled sterling silver, bronze, and 14k gold. Our chains, connections, and clasps are solid sterling silver, or 14k gold as well.
ABOUT STERLING SILVER
Sterling silver is composed of 925 parts of pure silver and 75 parts alloy, usually copper. Copper provides the silver with sufficient hardness which gives it strength and wearability, in comparison to pure silver or fine silver which is sometimes considered too soft to be used or worn everyday. We use nickel free sterling silver that has been reclaimed and recycled.
- STERLING SILVER VS PURE SILVER OR FINE SILVER
We use sterling silver for it's strength (see above). Pure or fine silver is 99.9% silver, is much softer than sterling silver, and is often considered not practical to wear as everyday jewelry. We do not use Precious Metal Clay (PMC), fine silver, or pure silver.
Bronze has been used in jewelry making since antiquity. An alloy consisting of 92% copper and 8% tin, it is a beautiful, economic alternative to gold. Because its composition can vary, discrepancies in color can occur. We do not use bronze chain because we cannot guarantee a color match with the bronze we use for making our charms and pendants. Bronze charms and pendants are hung on solid sterling silver chain. We use bronze that has been reclaimed and recycled.
ABOUT 14k GOLD
We use 14k gold, the most popular choice in the US. It is 58.3% gold and is ideal for fine jewelry. Alloys of copper and silver, mixed with pure gold gives 14k gold it's strength and warmth. We use 14k gold that has been reclaimed and recycled.
DO YOU USE SOLID STERLING SILVER AND 14K GOLD?
Yes, we only use solid sterling silver and 14k gold. We never use plated metals for any part of our jewelry. For more information read on...
CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE QUALITY OF YOUR JEWELRY? THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS AVAILABLE.
It's true, there are so many options available! We've put together a list of three features we feel are essential when buying jewelry you intend to wear and cherish for a long time to come. You will find these elements in every piece of Kristin Larson jewelry.
- SOLDERED CONNECTIONS
Most often the connections are tiny rings, called jump rings, that connect one element to another. For example, a pendant would be connected to a chain using a jump ring. Make sure the jump ring is soldered.
A torch and solder are used to connect the two ends of the jump ring. The melted solder acts as a bond, closing the jump ring permanently. Soldered connections make your jewelry secure, preventing the jump rings from coming apart with regular wear. You don't want to lose your jewelry because the connections weren't secure.
- SOLID STERLING SILVER AND 14K GOLD RATHER THAN PLATED METAL
Plated metal is often used to keep costs down. Unfortunately, the plating or vermeil, wears off over time leaving the base metal exposed. The base metal is typically a different color. So when the top layer, the plating in the case of sterling silver, or the vermeil in the case of 14k gold, has worn away, your jewelry is left looking very different than when you first purchased it.
Make sure that all parts of the jewelry are solid sterling silver or gold, including the chain and the clasps.
- STURDY CHAIN
Sometimes bracelets in particular are made with thin chain that would typically be used for necklaces. This makes the bracelet dainty, but also very delicate.
A bracelet is exposed to more wear and tear than a necklace. When looking for a bracelet, Iook for chain that is sturdy enough to be worn on the wrist.