Know your Jewelry Posted on 02 Jul 17:47 , 1 comment

One of the most often asked questions we get regarding jewelry is, "What is it made of?". Here at our online boutique, and at our San Francisco boutique, we carry a range of jewelry from gold fill to vermeil to gold plated to brass and even base metal. Depending on what you are looking for, each suits a specific need. We thought it might be useful to provide some clarity on the differences between each of them.

Gold Fill

This is the gold standard (yes, pun intended.). Will it rub off? Nope. Will it fade? No way. Will it tarnish? Nu-uh. Is it real gold? Yes and no. Gold fill is metal that has been bonded over several times with gold sheeting. The pressure bonded gold layers over the metal is equivalent, in most cases to 14k gold. Gold Fill will go to bat for you. Bathe with it, wash with it, do hot sweaty yoga with it. Love it and it will love you back. But do not take a dip in a swimming pool or sulphur spring with it. Like with any relationship, it has its limits. Chlorine and sulphur will cause it to tarnish. Gold Fill works well for people who have allergic reactions to other types of metals and can only wear gold.


This is fancy pants gold plated. Vermeil is used to describe sterling silver items that have been plated over with gold. In most cases, 22k to 24k gold is used for the plating. When the gold plate tarnishes, because it will over time, underneath will be sterling silver. So yes, it fades, yes it rubs off and yes it tarnishes, but what's left behind won't be yucky greenish metal. It's the poorer relation to Gold Fill yet, the higher class sister to Gold Plated.

Gold Plated

Golf Plated items are made from base metal that has been dipped in an electroplating gold bath. The current zaps a thin layer of gold over the base metal product. Sure, it does look like gold but over time, it absolutely will tarnish, fade and rub off. Yes, yes, and yes. Gold plated jewelry is a good option if you're looking for something fun and not too expensive to wear and don't mind the color rubbing off over time. Gold plating is kind of like puppy love. It's cute while it lasts, but don't expect a commitment. However, if you take care to remove it before bathing and washing your hands, gold plated items can last pretty long.


While brass may have a gold like appearance, it is not gold. Brass is an alloy, while gold is a metal. Brass will tarnish, fade and rub off and it may even rust, so steer clear of water. Brass is well suited for costume jewelry. It's inexpensive and easy to cast, hence you will probably be able to find more intricately designed brass items. Brass also has it's own unique look and weight. Oftentimes, it has an antique worn look to it which many people actually find attractive. Brass can actually be polished with jewelry cleaning cloths to get rid of the dark dull hues that tarnish it over time. Brass basically beats to the sound of its own drum.


Base Metal

Let us introduce you to the ugly step- sister. She gets a bad rap and rightly so. She's no gold nor brass. She's cheap. She fades. She rubs off. She tarnishes. And, she can't be saved. BUT she's so much fun! Base metal jewelry is fun and inexpensive. They serve well as trendy items, but don't count on longevity. But for what it's worth, base metal jewelry can expand your wardrobe significantly without breaking the bank, so don't discount it. if you're looking for a bunch of inexpensive cuffs or rings to stack, it will serve that purpose. Keep away from water and you may just prolong it's longevity. But beware, that greenish, blackish discolored stuff, will rear it's ugly head easily.


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Polk Street Happenings Posted on 09 Jun 16:31 , 1 comment

So happy to report about two new exciting developments taking place along our Polk Street corridor. Both good news for foodies.

Craftsman and Wolves, the Mission neighborhood avant garde patisserie, will be opening a Russian Hill outpost in our neck of the woods. Looks like our mornings are about to get better. Hopefully their pastry selections will remain the same, or better yet, expand! Looking forward to the melty, yolky, goodness of The Rebel Within: their savory asiago, sausage, green onion "cake" engulfing a soft cooked egg surprise within. Opening on the website says it's slated for Spring 2015, but staff there say that an October opening is more likely.


Photo Credit: Craftsman and Wolves website


Another reason to shout Hooray! Gone is our old Big Apple on Polk and Clay and replacing it will be the sexy food emporium, aptly named The Market. While Big Apple may be our old, sweet, doddery uncle with sweets and lint in his pocket, The Market will be like our snazzy cousin with an 126GB iPhone 6 plus in his pocket. We may love both but have to admit, both are very different. According to SFEater, the SF Planning Commission has already approved the project and plans are already underway to have doors open in Fall 2015. Here are a few things to get excited about. Did anyone say Japanese Tapas Bar? How about a rooftop garden? Things to bring? We highly suggest a SF tote. In fact, go full on and upsize. Bring a SF Market Tote instead. Both available on our online store.