Libertas: Our Quality & Metals | LibertiUSA

HERE'S WHAT WE'RE MADE OF..... 

At Liberti, we put a tremendous amount of creativity, care and passion into every piece we lovingly create and produce right here in America. From start to finish, everything we design, create and deliver to you is a labor of love.

We obsess over imagining original designs, insist on high-quality production standards, and utilize only the very best, ethically sourced materials. Our jewelry uses the finest stones, beads and precious metals, including nickel-free silver, brass made with copper, and pure 14 and 18 karat gold.

Liberti’s team of artisans concept, design and develop our entire line using a proprietary blend of time-honored jewelry-making techniques and technologies, resulting in little pieces of perfection we know you’ll come to love.

We believe the spirit of quality, American-made craftsmanship is still very much alive and well and looks good on anyone, no matter how you wear it.

Know your metal.....

Sterling Silver

92.5 percent pure silver with 7.5 percent copper is the standard ranking mark for 925 sterling silver. If you’re buying silver make sure it’s 925 pure and check to see if those additional trace elements are free of nickel so you can enjoy it for years to come. 


Brass

Brass is made of copper and zinc. As a bare or oxidized metal it should always be nickel-free and never produced using lead. Avoid “antique” brass or brass of uncertain origin, especially since lead exposure can cause long term health problems. Since brass is usually 50 to 90 percent copper, it has roughly the same “green skin” properties as copper. Watch out for cheap brass jewelry as it may have irritating impurities in its alloy, causing an allergic reaction to people who typically aren’t allergic to either copper or zinc.

Gold

Gold is an extremely soft metal, so other metals have to be added to strengthen it before it can be made into jewelry. The higher the karat, the higher the percent of gold. And, usually, the purer the gold, the brighter the color. Gold found in jewelry is typically 18 karat (which is 75 percent gold), 16 karat (66.6 percent gold), 14 karat (53 percent gold), and 10 karat (41.6 percent gold).

Gold Plated


The plating process for gold-plated items conventionally utilizes a high karat. But there is no regulation on how thick the layer of plating should be so use caution with any inexpensive gold-plated pieces you might find. If a gold-plated item seems to good to be true, it probably is. Also, avoid nickel-based plated pieces as they can cause skin irritations.

Gold Filled

Gold-filled differs from gold-plated in that a gold-filled piece must contain 1/20th of its weight in gold. Because of the higher gold content, the layer of gold on a gold-filled piece is much thicker, meaning it is less likely to tarnish or wear off with normal wear.