Our Jewelry

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FAQ

Rate & Sourcing

WORTH OUR WEIGHT

We ethically source, sustainably make, and only use real, solid 18-karat and 14-karat gold in our jewelry. Measured in 24ths, 18-karats denotes 18/24 parts of gold while 14-karats denotes 14/24 parts of pure gold. The remaining percentage is an alloy added to enhance durability of naturally soft gold, allowing us to guarantee our gold for life.

VERMEIL

Vermeil, otherwise known as gold-plated, requires 10-karat gold coated over silver to a thickness of 1.5 microns. We make each Vermeil piece using 14-karat gold with over 2.5 microns and finish with a top coat to ensure durability and shine. We're extra so you don't have to be.

14K SOLID GOLD

14K gold denotes 58.3% gold mixed with alloys to make it ideal for fine jewelry and strong enough for everyday wear. Accessible without sacrificing quality, 14K is the perfect happy medium.

18K SOLID GOLD

While pure gold is too soft for fine jewelry, our 18K gold, made with 75% gold mixed with alloys, is the closest you can get to 100% gold while maintaining strength, resilience, and shine.

What are the differences between the various gold options?

Pure gold (24-karat) is much too soft to wear as jewelry, so other metals are added to purest gold to enhance its durability. It’s about striking the perfect balance between the warmth and purity of gold and adding just enough alloy to ensure the jewelry’s longevity, or to give it a particular hue (like white or rose gold). For the primer on AUrate’s golds, head over here.

Can I get a certificate of authenticity?

No problem at all – all of AUrate’s pieces include a certificate of authenticity as standard.

What’s the quality of your stones?

All of our white diamonds are graded SI (‘eye-clean’) or above for clarity, and Colorless (D to F) or Near Colorless (G to J). Each product page contains detailed information about its specific cut and carat. And all of our pearls are freshwater AAA graded and Akoya pearls.

Are your diamonds conflict-free?

We are completely committed to only using diamonds (and, for that matter, any raw materials) from sources that are certifiably conflict-free throughout the supply chain. We’re also going far beyond that to insist that our suppliers practice the highest levels of social, environmental and human rights responsibility. If you’re as passionate about this as we are, you can find out more here.

Do any AUrate pieces contain nickel?

Absolutely not. We only use 14- or 18-karat gold, and a base of sterling silver for our vermeil pieces.

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