Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How Do I Become a Supplier for Baubles by Maclyn?
Q: I love Baubles by Maclyn! How do I apply to work there?
Q: How do I care for my Sterling Silver Jewelry?
* As with any fine jewelry or gift item, each piece of sterling silver should be stored individually, either in its own pouch or in a separate compartment in a jewelry or storage box. If you toss your jewelry into a dresser drawer and allow pieces to rub against each other, scratches will result.
* Keep your silver in a cool, dry place. Sterling silver, like other precious metals, can oxidize with time. It is a good idea to store silver in tarnish-proof cloth or in drawers lined with tarnish-resistant strips. If sterling does become tarnished, it is easily restored to its original gleam by using a paste, liquid polish, or a treated polishing cloth intended for use on silver.
Avoid using tissue paper or paper towels as they can scratch silver. Your professioinal jeweler should be able to provide you with silver-cleaning materials as well as directions for their proper use. The best way to prevent tarnish is to actually wear your sterling jewelry or use your silver items often. However, don't wear sterling silver in chlorinated water or when working with household cleaners such as bleach or ammonia. Treat your silver well and it will actually develop a lush patina and will reward you with a lustrious look.
Q: What does Reconstituted mean?
A: Reconstituted, usually a term used to refer to turquoise stones is where fragments of fine turquoise material, too small to be used individually, are powdered and then bonded together to form a solid mass.
Q: What does Gold Filled mean?
A: Gold filled jewelry by law, has 1/20th by weight layer of 14 karat gold permanently bonded over a core of base metal. There are more gold microns coating a piece of gold filled jewelry than that of gold in goldplate, a hundred or more times the amount of gold. With normal wear and reasonable care 14KGF jewelry will not peel, flake, or wear off. It is tarnish-resistant like solid 14 karat gold and is safe for most people with sensitive skin who can wear solid 14 karat gold jewelry. Caring for 14 Karat Gold Filled jewelry is as easy as caring for other precious metal jewelry. 14K gold filled jewelry is a long lasting, economical way to enjoy the luster of gold without the big price tag.
The amount of real gold used is why GF items are always much more expensive than their gold plated counterparts.
Gold filled is 20% gold, 14K gold is 65% gold, 24K is 100% gold. Vermeil (pronounced vur-may) is Gold Plated Sterling Silver. Because gold and silver have a metallic affinity for each other, the gold tends to wear, or last longer than over other base metals.
A: What is Gold Plated?
A: Gold Plated (GP or KGP or RGP) items have a very thin layer of gold electroplated to the surface of the item. They have some other type of (base) metal underneath. GP items are always less expensive than their Gold Filled counterparts. Gold plate places a thin molecule of gold, or most often, something that really isn't karat-gold and which leaves a gold color, on copper or brass or some base metal. The gold color wears off pretty quickly when interacting with the wearer's skin salts or the pollutants in the air. This is most often seen in costume jewelry. Baubles by Maclyn does not carry or sell gold plated jewelry.