At Louise Jean, we value creating quality jewellery that lasts. Quality jewellery is a personal and considered investment. An heirloom piece from Louise Jean will last for generations and continue to hold its value over time.
- Gold Plated pieces have a fragile layer of Gold over Silver (or Brass) just 1-2 microns thick. The problem with Gold Plated jewellery is that they will inevitably fade and the metal underneath will eventually tarnish and be exposed. In the past, Louise Jean has worked with plated metals; however, we have decided to discontinue designing with it for a good reason. It doesn't last, as much as many jewellery companies want to try and make you believe otherwise. Don't be fooled, if its 'cheap', it's for a reason!
- Gold Vermeil (pronounced ver-mil) is just a fancy way of saying 'heavy Gold Plating'. Vermeil is on average, 2.5-4 microns thick, the average human hair is 50 microns so, let that sink in. While it is designed to last longer than plating, it isn't ideal for a piece you want to last forever.
- Gold Filled is gold that is pressure-bonded onto a piece. Only 5% of the piece is actual Gold, so the remaining 95% are cheaper base metals that eventually show in the jewellery - and over time your piece will darken and appear dull.
At Louise Jean, we believe that you should receive the highest quality precious metals. Gold in its purest form (24K) is too soft for use is jewellery designed for everyday wear. At Louise Jean we believe 14K and 18K offer the perfect balance between strength and purity, making it an ideal choice for our fine jewellery.
There are three types of gold used at Louise Jean. Each colour is created by combining pure gold with varying quantities of other metals.
Yellow gold is the most recognisable precious metal with its distinct yellow colour and rich history. At Louise Jean, a vast majority of our everyday and ceremonial pieces are made with yellow gold. Note: Yellow gold is an excellent option if paired with lower colour grade diamonds (H or lower) as the warmth of the stone is offset by the colour in the gold.
Rose gold has become increasingly popular over the years and is often chosen for its feminine and romantic appeal. The pink tone in the metal is created by adding extra copper when alloyed with pure gold, along with some fine silver for added brightness. Note: Although rose gold has at least 59% pure gold, it is important to note that copper is not a hypo-allergenic metal and it may not be ideal for those with sensitive skin.
White gold is another popular choice and is often selected by those who prefer neutral metal tones. The ‘white’ is created when either Platinum or Palladium is added to pure gold (along with a smaller amount of Silver or Zinc). It is then finished with a plating of Rhodium to give it a brighter chrome-like lustre. Note: while white gold is a very durable metal it requires regular re-platings to bring the piece back to its original beauty.
Beyond the sentiment of wearing a Louise Jean heirloom piece, wearing gold is said to offer a variety of health benefits. While proof of its effectiveness is somewhat limited, we know that gold is a non-toxic substance and will not lead to side effects. You can rest assured that quality solid gold jewellery will not stain the skin, tarnish or corrode. Quality gold virtually lasts forever.
While we take pride in quality, we also believe that beautiful jewellery should be sustainable with a minimal carbon footprint. All of our pieces are made with both recycled and eco-friendly materials, and no hazardous chemicals are used during production (lead, nickel, cadmium, chromium).