Get to know the precious metals we use! We want to make sure our customers are getting quality jewelry for an affordable price!
If you are curious about exactly what materials we use to create our pieces, keep on reading to find out more. Wear your made in Canada Kokua Collective pieces with confidence, knowing you can count on it wherever your adventures take you.
Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and the remaining part is made from other alloy metals. The reason silver needs to be combined with other metals is that it is very difficult to make great designs with just pure silver, which is very soft and malleable. A bit of hardness has to be introduced by adding other metals such as copper. That’s why jewelers are capable of making the most intricate and complex designs with 925 Sterling Silver.
All of our rings are made from the highest quality 925 Sterling Silver to provide strength and beauty to last you a lifetime. Each ring has “925” stamped into the band to show its authenticity. Our silver does not contain nickel or lead, therefore it is safe for all wearers to enjoy.
Gold/Rose Gold Fill
Gold/Rose Gold-fill is constructed in two or three layers. The core metal is jewelers’ brass. A gold alloy is then bonded to one or both surfaces of the brass core with heat and pressure. Unlike plated (aka electroplated or "dipped") metals, Gold-filled is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. This 5% is then described by the karatage of the gold alloy. Our Gold-filled items are 14kt gold-filled or 14/20 gold-filled.
It is a quality material that lasts a lifetime, is easy to care for, and will keep on shining! This is why all of our chains and most of our charms are Gold/Rose Gold-filled is very unlikely to tarnish and will not discolour your skin, making it safe for all wearers.
Vermeil is made with precious materials for long lasting wear. A thick layer (2.5 microns) of gold is deposited onto a sterling silver base. Gold Vermeil is hypoallergenic as the base metal is a precious metal. This is perfect for those with sensitivities and perfect for all wearers. Bonus, it will not tarnish your skin!
Please refer to our metal care instructions and suggestions here
We know you will love each of your authentic handmade Kokua Collective pieces.
Carolyn & Veronica