In every Wild Blue Yonder piece, metal findings are always nickel & lead-free. Our silver components are always solid sterling silver. We also opt for 14kt gold-fill, rather than gold-plated, in all our earrings, rings, and Encased collection, as it is hypoallergenic and really durable. Perfect for sensitive ears and skin, and will last a lifetime.
More about Gold-fill
Gold-fill is an industry standard that legally requires 1/20th, or 5% pure gold by weight. It is a carefully regulated process that involves pressure bonding multiple layers of solid 14k gold with extreme heat over a core of high quality jeweler's brass resulting in a durable, quality real gold product.
Gold-filled jewelry typically has 100x more gold alloy than gold plated and because that layer is so much thicker, it means gold-filled jewelry lasts longer and stands up to wear and tear better than gold plated.*
*Note: gold-plating can also be designed to last, by ensuring the plating is thick enough. Most costume (cheap) jewelry that is gold-plated will be .01 microns thick - but you can plate up to 2.5 microns, which is considered heavy gold-plating.
We really aim to ensure we know and understand every component of our jewelry, so please feel free to get in touch with any questions.