Ash Flynn Jewellery is made using high quality metals and designed with sensitive skin in mind. We use sterling silver, 14k gold filled and gold vermeil all of which are hypoallergenic.
Silver in its pure form, like gold, is very soft and therefore alloyed with other metals to make it suitable to work with. Many metals may be used when alloying silver but copper is preferred as it toughens the alloy without detracting from its beautiful shine and colour.
Sterling Silver is the alloy most commonly used in jewellery and silversmithing. Sterling Silver or 925 silver is 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper. As both cooper and silver are hypoallergenic metals this means that sterling silver is suitable for people with sensitive skin.
Gold filled jewellery is made from thick layers of gold bonded over a base metal such as jewellers’ brass. In order for it to be deemed gold filled it must contain a certain percentage of solid gold and by US standards this must be 1/20 of the items weight and should equal 5% pure gold. For this reason, gold fill is the next best option to solid gold and is safe for sensitive skin.
Gold vermeil is another affordable alternative to solid gold jewellery and for a piece to be considered vermeil it must fit the following criteria: The base metal must be sterling or fine silver, it must be plated in at least 10k gold and the thickness of gold applied to the piece must be at least 2.5 microns. As sterling silver is used as a base it makes vermeil jewellery hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin.
For a guide to buying gold click here