9mm Tahitian black pearl on 925 sterling silver charm bracelet setting.
We get many people asking about the differences between gold plating, vermeil, gold fill and solid gold.
Below is a bit of information about the various options and their properties.
GOLD PLATED, VERMEIL & GOLD FILL
As with all gold plating, vermeil, and gold fill, will over time rub and wear off however they are different durability wise. This is because they are gold which is plated or layers over a base metal.
We recommend gold plated jewellery is only worn as occasion rather than every day to retain the colour. It is often electroplated to a base metal and therefore the gold content is a thin coating (normally less than 0.05%) The base metal for gold plating can either be nickel, brass, stainless steel, sterling silver or copper.
Vermeil is more durable than gold plating but again it is advised items of this nature are only worn on occasion. It is often plated over sterling silver and there when tarnished or rubbed off will show a silver metal below.
Gold Fill is a much heavier coated metal type and therefore is the most durable of the three. With gold fill, the gold layer makes up 5% of the metal weight and therefore a much heavier layer over the base metal (normally jeweller's brass). With good care it can last a lifetime or longer as it is bonded differently to the base metal than vermeil and gold plate and therefore does not tarnish or chip off.
SOLD GOLD AND HOLLOW GOLD
All products that are labelled as being 9kt, 10kt, 14kt, 18kt (sometimes listed as ct rather than kt) are just that, they are not a plated or layered gold and are made of the alloys which make up the various golds. Some chains are hollow gold rather than solid links, this makes the chain lighter and much more affordable. If you are unsure please let us know and we can clarify any queries you may have.
All our silver products are 925 sterling silver.
Please refrain from wearing all these metals in the shower, while bathing or swimming. Also avoid having them come in contact with body lotions, perfumes, soaps or any other chemical substances and always wipe down with a jeweller's cloth or a dry lint free cloth after wearing to avoid acid from the skin affecting the metal.
We source all our metals, chains and settings and components from NZ, Australia, USA and Hong Kong.
For more information about caring for your jewellery please see tips for caring and cleaning your jewellery page.
Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns
We charge a flat rate of $10 per order for all non-rural orders sent within New Zealand. Rural deliveries are $12 and will take a few days longer than other deliveries. We do not offer pick ups from our address in East Auckland without prior arrangement.
With most of our pieces, we make them to order, so require a couple of days to process your order and make up your piece(s). For any products we have in stock we will dispatch within one working day. However, weekends and public holidays may incur delays in shipping and delivery. Please contact us if you need your item/s urgently.
We use a variety of different couriers but we will send you an email with tracking details once your order has been dispatched. Couriers will not deliver to a PO Box address. All addresses must be physical.INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING
Please contact us about international shipping costs prior to purchase. Shipping to Australia costs are generally $25 - $38 and will take anywhere from 3 - 10 working days for delivery. Delivery to the US and Europe, along with the rest of the world will be calculated based on Danika Cooper Jewellery's preferred carrier. Please email us if you would like an indication of cost before purchasing.GST
GST of 15% has been included on all NZ purchases. For shipping outside of New Zealand, the receiver/customer is responsible for all duty, customs, clearance and entry taxes and fees that incur after the goods are sent.PRIVACY
The information we collect on this site is only used for its stated purpose. Danika Cooper Jewellery do not sell, distribute or share any of your personal information to third parties. We retain your contact details for our own purposes only and we do not sell or share this information with any 3rd parties.AVAILABILITY & BACKORDERS
From time to time items that are listed as in stock may in fact not be. Danika Cooper Jewellery pieces are often custom made and there is sometimes delay with getting stones or other materials required as products are not mass bought or produced. We apologise if this situation does occur and will contact you within 24 hours to offer you a refund, discuss placing the item on back order for you, or offering you a suitable alternative.REFUNDS AND EXCHANGES
Any refunds of exchanges must be made within 7 days.
- No refunds or exchanges due to change of mind
- Any items returned/exchanged need to be in new, unworn condition and be in their original packaging
- No exchanges of earrings or body piercing jewellery due to hygiene requirements
- Return shipping and insurance is at the cost and responsibility of the consumer
- A further shipping charge will be required to send your exchange
- You must inform us of your intention to return the item within 7 days of the delivery date by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- No exchanges or refunds on sale items or end of line products
Credit notes are valid for 4 weeks from the date of return
- Resizing maybe possible on some items but not all. An additional charge will be required if the order was placed in the wrong size. Please ensure you check the size required.
Each stone is individual so there may be some slight variations in colour and size. These semi-precious gemstones aren’t as hard as precious gemstones like diamonds. Therefore they may have some subtle inclusions, natural marks or imperfections.
Most stones are imperfect and that's ok so it’s important when you purchase your jewellery that you are aware of this. In all cases we attempt to use the best quality gems we have available suitable for the piece. Each item is made to order.
Unless the goods are damaged or defective or not as specified in your order, you are responsible for the cost of returning the goods.
If the goods were faulty or incorrect then the cost of return postage will be refunded to you.
Refunds will not be given if the goods have been damaged by you, this includes damage caused by inadequate packaging by you when returning goods.REPAIRS
We will repair any manufacturing fault at no cost within 3 months of the purchase date. Proof of purchase is required.
Manufacturing faults do not include: Lost, chipped, cracked or broken gemstones. Pearls that have been damaged or knocked out of their settings. Pearls that have lost lustre or nacre. Broken chains. General wear and tear including rings that have bent out of shape, oxidisation of metals or plating that has worn off.
If you would like any of the above repairs made, we can assess the damage and will let you know the cost before proceeding.GOLD PLATING, VERMEIL & GOLD FILL
See our metals information page.PEARLS
Our pieces are made from quality materials and will last for many years if cared for correctly. We have popped together the below tips to keeping your jewellery looking its best and lasting a long life.
Specific care for pearls and pearl jewellery:
How to store your jewellery:
Tarnish proof boxes or individual bags are the best way of keeping your jewellery untarnished and reduce scratching. Many people also get anti-tarnish tabs in a velvet lined jewellery box. Please ensure they are kept in a cool, dry discrete place or in a safe.
When to wear your jewellery:
We recommend that you avoid wearing your jewellery whilst cleaning, gardening, swimming/showering and particularly when doing sporting and gym activities.
Remember gold and silver are relatively soft metals and damaging the setting or chain can compromise the safety of the stones and pearls. We always suggest precious jewellery is saved for wearing on occasion rather than everyday.
For all pearl jewellery we say avoid wearing them in pools, showers, saunas or in hot environments as heat can break down the jeweller's glue used when setting the pearls. We also suggest avoiding wearing rings whist doing dishes. Also avoid knocking any setting, a pearl is often held with a glued single pin and therefore can be knocked out of the setting if not cared for properly.
Also apply cosmetics, moisturizers and perfumes prior to putting on your jewellery.
How to clean your jewellery:
We do offer jewellery cleaning and polishing services. Please contact us if you would like to know more about these services and what we can do to bring your jewellery back to life.
After wearing we recommend to wipe jewellery with a soft lint free cloth. A soft fabric like velvet or cotton make a good cloth to wipe your pieces down.
You can also clean your jewellery in warm water and diluted dish washing liquid (one drop to 1/4 cup warm water). Allow your jewellery to soak for 10 minutes then use a soft tooth brush to clean areas like engraving, details and behind stones.
Other care for your jewellery:
Always ensure your jewellery is covered by your insurance policy and have a safe place for them to be stored when not being worn. Some insurance policies require valuation of higher value items so be sure to clarify this with them to ensure your jewellery is covered.