All of our pieces are solid 14k gold—not plated, filled or vermeil—so they are durable but are malleable. We wanted to help breakdown the gold, so you can better understand the jewelry that you wear everyday.
To start, solid gold is the most expensive and the highest in quality and gold content. It is also highly prized as solid gold does not tarnish or fade with repeated wear. Gold is often classified by a number, followed by "K" for karat. The numerical value tells you what percentage of pure gold your jewelry contains. While 24k is the most pure form of gold, they're also malleable and soft, so they're not the most feasible for everyday jewelry. To help balance the malleability, alloy is used to give strength and durability.
The term "nickel free" can be confusing since jewelry marked nickel free is still allowed to contain a very small amount of nickel, but it is such a tiny amount that it takes extremely sensitive instruments to measure it.
Alternative option is to avoid base-metal alloys entirely, and use metals that are 100% nickel free, including Sterling Silver, Titanium.