Quality Materials

Gold (G -__kt.)

Pure gold is too soft for everyday wear, so it is alloyed with a mixture of metals like silver, copper, nickel, and zinc to give it strength and durability. Karatage, denoted by a number followed by “k” indicates purity, or how much gold is in a piece of jewelry. Karatage is expressed in 24ths, making 24k gold, 100% gold. 18k gold is composed of 75% gold, which is alloyed with other metals to make it strong enough for everyday wear. 14k gold is composed of 58.3% gold and 41.7% of other metals.

24 karat = 100% gold Too soft for fine jewelry
22 karat = 91.7% gold Too soft for fine jewelry
18 karat = 75.0% gold Ideal for fine jewelry
14 karat = 58.3% gold Ideal for fine jewelry
10 karat = 41.7% gold Not acceptable for jewelry

Sterling Silver (Sterling)

Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925.

Fine silver, for example 99.9% pure silver, is relatively soft, so silver is usually alloyed with copper to increase its hardness and strength. Sterling silver is prone to tarnishing, and elements other than copper can be used in alloys to reduce tarnishing.

Precision Surgical Grade Stainless Steel (SGS)

Our precision crafted stainless steel jewelry is surgical grade stainless steel. Often referred to as “The New Gold” it is much more durable than silver or platinum. This durability is due to a Chromium coating that is chemically bonded to the steel. The invisible coating protects the steel underneath from oxidation (tarnishing and rusting). It also protects against scratching by taking the initial impact of a scratch and then resealing itself. This process, called passivation, is the spontaneous formation of a hard-non-reactive surface film that prohibits further corrosion.

If surgical grade stainless steel is better than silver, gold, and titanium why is it less expensive? Simply because steel is more abundant than other metals. Our jewelry is precision crafted with state-of-the-art machinery and by hand and will have no imperfections. Stainless steel jewelry is durable and affordable. It will not rust, corrode, tarnish, stain, fade, or turn your skin green. And it is hypoallergenic. Don’t be confused. Not all stainless-steel jewelry is the same. Lower priced collections may not be made from the highest quality surgical grade stainless steel. This will result in the jewelry not lasting a long as it should. We sell only quality316L surgical grade stainless steel.

Electroplate Finishes (EP)
AT Kathleen’s Keepsake Collection of quality funeral and cremation keepsakes, we offer high quality 18 kt. gold, rose gold, platinum, rhodium, palladium, and ruthenium electroplated finishes. All decorative finishes are color matched perfectly to our designers’ specifications.

Gold plating on our designs allows you to have an item with the beautiful look of gold without having the entire item made of solid gold. With gold being so precious, having a piece of jewelry made of solid gold is not an option for many people and it does not provide the advantages as surgical quality steel

ZIRCON Gemstones (ZG)

Radiant zircon is the oldest known gemstone, with some crystals dating back 4 billion years, but also perhaps the most misunderstood. Unfortunately, due to the similarity of zircon’s name to the lab created diamond simulant cubic zirconia, many people don’t realize that zircon is a beautiful, naturally occurring stone with its own merits. Thanks to its tremendous fire and dispersion, it has been considered a less-expensive stand-in for diamond for many years, although zircon gives us many reasons to sing its praises and appreciate it in its own light.

Zircon is a colorful gem with high refraction and fire that’s unfairly confused with cubic zirconia.

Zircon found in Australia is the oldest mineral on earth: 4.4 billion years old. Zircon is a natural gemstone that is a favorite of gem dealers and collectors, but it is not well known in the retail jewelry market. Indeed, some consumers confuse it with cubic zirconia, a cheap synthetic sold as a diamond simulant.

Natural zircon is valued especially for its high refractive index and excellent fire. In fact zircon has a higher refractive index than sapphire, ruby, spinel or tanzanite. Zircon also has impressive fire, with a dispersion rating nearly as high as diamond. Found in a range of colors, including blue, red, pink, orange, honey, green and white, zircon makes very attractive jewelry. Zircon gemstones are found in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Nigeria, Canada, Ukraine and Madagascar.

Enamel (EN)

Enamel in jewelry and decorative work goes by a few names—vitreous enamel, porcelain enamel, and painted glass. The word enamel comes from the Old High German word smelzan, which means to smelt.

In jewelry, enamel is a decorate coating applied to metal. It begins as a powder with a texture similar to that of baby powder. It’s fused to metals using high temperatures (1,380-1,560°F). Although enamel powder comes in different colors, the initial colors of the powder do not ultimately represent the vivid colors resulting from the high-temperature fusion process.