Are the gems in your products diamonds?
The stones in all our pieces are Cubic Zirconia or more commonly referred to as "CZ stones". This stone is an artificially made stone made from a synthesized material called zirconium silicate. It can vary in appearances such as size, color, and cut. Due to its low cost, durability and visual likeliness to that of a diamond, Cubic Zirconia has become one of the biggest competitors in the gem industry.
What does the term "karat" mean?
The term "karat" is used to measure the purity of gold (e.g., 14k gold or 18k gold). This is usually visible on the piece itself.
What's the difference between Solid Gold, Gold Filled, and Plated?
These terms are quite literal for a reason, despite many not knowing the difference. Solid Gold is Solid 10k, 14k, 18k etc. all the way through its core. Gold Filled is a fraction of the cost and is made by bonding gold to a base metal to give it the appearance of gold although the quality does not hold well and it will not hold its value like a genuine solid piece. Gold plated jewelry is of the lowest quality in comparison out of the three mentioned. Its made by adding a very thin layer of gold on to a base metal via an electrical charge, however, these pieces have a very short lifespan of roughly a year since moisture such as sweat and friction can cause the minimal amount of gold to rub off.
What Karat quality of gold do we offer?
Here at La Dynasty Jewelers, all our products are guaranteed Solid 14K of Gold, we offer a variety of Solid 14K such as Pendants, Chains, Bracelets, 2-tone and even 3-tone colored pieces.
What are the differences among 10k, 14k, 18k, and other karats of gold?
The number preceding the letter "k" represents the number of parts of gold, out of 24. For example, "10k gold" represents 10 parts of pure gold out of 24 (10/24 or ~41.7%), with the remaining 14 parts being a mix of alloys. "14k gold" represents 14 parts of gold out of 24 (14/24 or ~58.5%) with the remaining 10 parts being a mix of alloys. 24k gold is the closest to what is accepted worldwide as pure gold (99.9% purity).
There are several differences among the different gold contents. Here are some you may notice:
Gold with a higher content of gold will give off a stronger tint in color. 14k yellow gold will give off a stronger tint of yellow compared to 10k yellow gold, but won't be as strong in color as 18k yellow gold.
Gold of higher karat content will be heavier overall when compared to an identical piece of jewelry with lower karat content. This is due to the density of pure gold. Gold of higher karat content is also softer and more malleable, so gold such as 18k or 22k will be softer and more delicate than 10k and 14k.
Golds of lower karat will generally be harder. As the karat goes up, the gold material becomes softer. For example, 18k gold is softer than 10k gold. 24k gold is considered the softest and the highest valued gold karat. For the best balance of price, shine, and practicality, 14k and 18k are both recommended.
The higher the level of gold purity, the more expensive it will generally be. Simply put, higher gold karats will cost more and lower karat golds will cost less.
Are most items in stock and ready to ship?
All items are made to order the next day. It may take our team from 1-2 days to ship out your order, Please note that turnaround time can be drastically higher during any holiday seasons.
Please read and understand our (shipping policy link here) before placing your order.
When can I expect to receive my order?
After we finish your order, we will ship out your order via Standard USPS shipping. You should receive it within 1-3 business days, depending on your location.
How much is shipping?
Free shipping on all domestic orders.
Do you accept returns, and what about refunds?
In the case that 15 days have passed since your purchase, unfortunately, we can't offer you an exchange or a refund. Please read and understand our (here is returns policy link) before placing your order.