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    POST 3 - Gold-Filled Jewelry (2,149 characters)

    MIMOSA is taking the guesswork out of it and giving us the scoop on what gold-filled jewelry is and why it’s worth adding to your collection.

    MIMOSA uses the purest USA sourced metals from environmentally conscious suppliers to create their pieces. They currently cast in 14K gold, sterling silver, and bronze with a portion of each of those being recycled materials.

    All of their chains are made from the highest quality gold-filled and sterling silver sourced in the USA.

    While they primarily offer solid cast jewelry in bronze, sterling silver and 14k gold, you’ll also find a handful of gold-filled jewelry on their website.

    -What exactly is gold-filled jewelry?

    All of the jewelry MIMOSA makes in-house is cast using the lost-wax casting method. However, gold-filled jewelry isn't cast, so they source their gold-filled pieces from jewelry supply companies Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Halstead in Prescott, Arizona.

    Each gold-filled piece is “made by heat- and pressure-bonding a layer of karat gold to a brass (or other base metal) core,” Rio Grande explains. So when it came down to choosing a type of secondary jewelry to offer for everyday wear, they went with gold-filled over gold-plated because “gold-filled has an actual layer of karat gold on the surface, not just a microscopic film,” says Rio Grande. To put it simply, gold-filled is in between solid gold and gold-plated.

    Within the world of gold-filled jewelry, there is also variation among the makeup of each piece. The pieces MIMOSA offers are 14/20 Gold-Filled where the “first number is the karat purity of the gold used; the second number is the amount, by weight, of gold in relation to the base-metal core,” Rio Grande explains.

    There are a few reasons why gold-filled jewelry is their go-to!

    Gold-filled jewelry can handle hand washing and a bath or shower without fear of its color chipping away, which can happen with gold plating.

    Gold-filled jewelry looks pretty much identical to solid gold jewelry.

    Adding a few gold-filled staples to your collection is a cost effective way to achieve the golden look you want without having the price tag of a solid gold piece.