Types of Metals

Updated: Jul 1


There is more than one type of metal when it comes to Tree of Life Breastmilk Jewelry. Let’s break it down.


Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is one of the most popular selections of jewelry used by Tree of Life Breastmilk Jewelry clients. It’s the easiest of all the metals to clean and lasts longer than other metals (with the exception of solid gold).


Plated jewelry

While some plated jewelry has a base made of brass or copper, some do come as sterling silver based and then are plated with 14K yellow gold or 14K rose gold with 1.0 microns. Plated jewelry will wear down with normal wear. The rate of that can be affected by body composition, sweat, exposure to soaps, shampoos and, water, etc. Tree of Life is working to eliminate plated jewelry. Click here to see the options at a discounted rate.


Vermeil Jewelry

Vermeil jewelry is a step above plated jewelry. Vermeil lasts much longer and, in some cases, does not fade. While plated jewelry has 0.5 microns, vermeil has 2.5 microns and will always have sterling silver as a base. Vermeil jewelry can also get redipped, much like when solid white gold is redipped with rhodium to give it a new beautiful shine. It is important to note that body composition can cause jewelry to wear down as well as sweat, oils, lotions, etc. It is important for you to take off the jewelry when it may be exposed to any chemicals, extended sunlight (including artificial), lotions, cleaning products, hand sanitizer, etc.


Filled Jewelry

Filled jewelry is a step above vermeil. It has a thicker coating that vermeil and plated. The process of filled jewelry is much different than plating. It consists of bonding, which basically means the gold is melted onto the base (sterling silver) rather than any type of plating. Filled jewelry can also wear down over time but at a slower rate than vermeil or plated. Proper care of jewelry will aid in it lasting longer.


Solid Gold

Solid gold is the highest quality of gold, it is long lasting and ranges from 10K to 24K with 24K being the purest of all golds.


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