allisonmooney's Shop Policies
Welcome to Allison Mooney Design Jewelry. All of my pieces are hand made, by me, in Chicago. I am a designer who likes things unique yet simple - timeless pieces that you'll wear over and over. I hope you like what you see!
Iinformation on Gold Fill and Gold Plated Jewelry from Rings & Things and eHow:
What's the Difference between Gold Plate and Gold Fill?
Gold fill is 50 to 100,000 times thicker than regular gold plating, and about 17 to 25,000 times thicker than heavy gold electroplate.
Wear - Gold-plated and gold-filled jewelry also differ in terms of wear and tear. The coloring on gold-plated jewelry tends to wear off more easily than gold-filled jewelry. Gold-plated jewelry reacts to salts in human skin and pollutants in the air, breaking down more quickly than its filled counterparts.
I accept PayPal and Credit Card payments. For customers local to Chicago, I also welcome cash payments with item pick-up.
※※ Free Shipping in the US Via US First Class Mail ※※
※※ $5 International Shipping Via US First Class Mail ※※
Dependent on volume (and sometimes Chicago weather), orders ship one to three days after paymnet is received.
Standard shipping and handling on orders is USPS First Class Mail. Shipments usually arrive in 3 to 5 business days.
If you would prefer USPS Priority Mail as your shipping method, please contact me for a custom listing. The shipping charge will be $7.00.
UPS Shipping is available if you would prefer and cost is determined by zip code (starting zip code is 60618).
Customers local to Chicago are welcome to arrange pick-up of their orders.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are unhappy with your purchase, please let me know as soon as possible and we can discuss a merchandise exchange.
Additional Policies and FAQs
If you are interested in Wholesale opportunities, please contact me. I make a line of items for retail and wholesale as well as designer pieces that would have a limited availability.
I also welcome custom orders for brides, bridesmaid gifts, new moms, anniversary gifts, etc.
Please note, In accordance with the IL Department of Revenue, Illinois buyers will be charged 6.25% sales tax at checkout.
Gold Vermeil? Gold Filled? Gold Plated?
Gold-plated: A base metal such as steel or brass is dipped into a bath of electroplating solution, with a lump of solid gold. When an electric current is applied, a thin layer of gold is deposited on the metal. Since the plating is quite thin, the plate (and hence the colour) on findings can wear off.
Sterling Silver: is a mixture of pure silver and some other metal, usually copper. The resulting alloy gives the silver strength. The standard is at least 92.5% silver. Hence the .925 stamp you see on some sterling silver items.
Vermeil: (Pronounced: Vermay) is sterling silver that has been gold-plated. Most of our vermeil is plated with 22K-24K gold. This is a good combination for those with allergy to normal, plated jewelry items. The difference between vermeil, and gold-filled, is in the thickness of the gold and the base metal used. In vermeil, the base is sterling silver.
Gold-filled: also called rolled-gold. These jewelry items are not actually filled with gold. They are made of a base metal (usually brass or copper) covered by sheets of gold in a mechanical bonding process. Effectively a thick coat of gold: the gold content is 5% or 1/20 of the total weight. Use gold-filled items for your top-of-the-line jewelry. Usually made with 14k gold, it is hard wearing. With reasonable care it will not peel or flake, and should last as long as solid 14k gold jewelry. It is safe for most people with sensitive skin
Gold jewelry reacts with chlorine. Never take your gold jewelry into a pool or spa.
Last Updated November 25, 2013