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What is "Gold Filled"?

What is "Gold Filled"?

What is "Gold Filled"?

As you've noticed, our gold and rose gold rings and spinners are called "gold filled" on our site.

So? What is it?

Well. gold filled wire is not, in fact, filled with gold. That would be too easy.  Here's how our friends at Lat & Lo describe it:

Gold-filled 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.
Our gold filled wire is of very high quality, it is easy to care for, and it allows us to keep our rings affordable. Take a look at the diagram for a clearer picture of how it's made:
Curious to know about other jewelry trivia and miscellany? Just ask! We're nerds, so we can't wait to answer you! Let us know in the comments!

Print Plates

Print Plates

This is an awesome stack of print plates! They are placed in the rolling mill, print side up with silver base metal on top. They are rolled through simultaneously. When they come out the other side, the base ring is printed with your favorite design, and then ready to be cut to size and made circular! Woohooo!

Photo Courtesy: Jasmine Jackson
@JAXbyJasmine
JAXbyJasmine.com

About Our Silver

About Our Silver

Our Jewelry is made entirely by hand at 22 Degrees Studio in Denver, Co.

Naomi, owner of 22 Degrees and co-founder or RingSpin.me, crafts every piece using no automation, and only traditional and contemporary techniques.

The base band for all of our spinner rings is Sterling Silver 925. Sterling Silver is a mixture of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% of an alloy metal, often copper. The metal is alloyed because pure silver is even softer than gold and will oxidize much more quickly.

Wikipedia provides the following bizarre explanation as one of the etymologies of the word "sterling":

Another argument is that the Hanseatic League was the origin for both the origin of its definition and manufacture, and in its name is that the German name for the Baltic is "Ost See", or "East Sea", and from this the Baltic merchants were called "Osterlings", or "Easterlings".

In 1260, Henry III granted them a charter of protection. Because the League's money was not frequently debased like that of England, English traders stipulated to be paid in pounds of the Easterlings, which was contracted to sterling. and land for their Kontor, the Steelyard of London, which by the 1340s was also called "Easterlings Hall", or Esterlingeshalle.

Makes total sense right?

Anyway, there is always more to learn about our rings, so if you have a question: just ask!