Your Emoji Guide to Metals

emoji guide to understanding metals blog post by delia langan jewelry

 ** Salsa dancer emoji means that though your brass will change color, it's just tarnish, and can probably be cleaned with salsa.  Ketchup works better - it's the acid in the vinegar and tomatoes that cleans off the tarnish!

Moral of the story : if it seems too good to be true . . . it probably is.  Gold is at $1,095.33 per ounce right now, and that's down from previous years.  So if you see a necklace labeled "14k gold" or "gold" and it's under $100 dollars, it's likely gold plate, which will wear off and look gross.  If it's from a larger company (say you see it on Bloomingdales or a site like that) and it's under $200 and described as "gold," again, it's probably not gold and is a plated counterpart.  Gold filled jewelry is usually made by people with small or individually run companies, so they're more likely to specify gold filled.  But if you come across a piece labeled as "gold filled' and it's under $25 dollars, you have every right to be suspicious.

Still unsure about what these terms mean?  Here are some more blog posts to help you out : 

Can I Swim in It?

Do You Know What Argentium is?