FAQ

We offer a carefully curated selection of styles for each season along with exclusive styles and editorial pieces. If there is a piece you absolutely love then Irit Sorokin Designs suggests you purchase it as many of the pieces for sale on this site will be one of a kind. Some styles are produced for one season only and will not be available at a later time.

 Irit Sorokin Designs is made from a variety of different materials. These may include but are not limited to, brass, copper, 14k gold filled components, sterling silver, semi precious stones, FWP pearls, glass, ceramics, vintage and ancient components. 

Some of the materials that are oxidized or will change color are chosen deliberately and the tarnish/patina that develops is intended to add to the aesthetic of the pieces   

This website are subject to change at any time without notice. All weights, measures, and similar descriptions are approximate and are provided for convenience purpose only. We make all reasonable efforts to accurately display the attributes of our products, including the applicable colors; however, the actual color you see will depend on your computer system and we cannot guarntee that your computer will accuretly display such colors.

Are the earring posts hypoallergenic?

Yes, all of the earring posts used are either sterling silver or 14kt gold filled and nickel free. 

 

I saw a piece in another location but it’s not online, how do I get it?

Send us an email to irit@iritsorokindesigns.com and we will do our best to help you get the piece you desire.

Where are the products made?

All Irit Sorokin Designs jewellery is hand made in the studio in Vancouver. However many of the raw materials and components are sourced internationally. 

Why are there so few of each piece available?

Irit Sorokin Designs specializes in small production and one of a kind jewellery. They are not mass produced, making each design a little more unique. 

The piece I would like to purchase is sold out; do you restock the same items?

We will occasionally restock the same items or replace them with similar items; however there are certain pieces where only a limited quantity can be made. If this is the case, once it is sold out it is gone! 

Are the pieces on the website the same as in the stores? 

Generally, different pieces are offered online than in stores. This is to maintain the integrity of the pieces offered in stores and uniqueness between the pieces offered online and in the stores.

Where are you located, can people visit your studio?

We are located in Vancouver, British Columbia at this time we are not accepting visitors to the studio. 

What currency are your prices in?

All products are priced in Canadian dollars.

When will orders be shipped?

All orders will ship within 7 to 14 days. If your order is a gift and you would like to make arrangements to have it shipped more quickly, please send us an email and we will do our best to accommodate your request. 

 If I loose one earring can I purchase just one to replace it?

If you lose one earring, we can not make one as a replacement. We can only make and sell full pairs of earrings. If the style is in stock, you may purchase another pair.   

 

So many customers ask us what the difference is between gold filled and gold plated: Although the name suggests that gold-filled jewelry is filled with gold, it is not. Gold is mechanically bonded (up to 3 layers) onto the outside of a core metal (such as brass) with heat and pressure. Gold-filled is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. This would be described as: 12k or 14k gold-filled, and 12/20 or 14/20 gold-filled. Gold-filled jewelry contains significantly more gold than gold-plated jewelry. It has a very similar appearance to 14k gold jewelry, and it's a fraction of the price. Gold-filled jewelry is also durable and will not flake, peel, or wear off. With reasonable care, it should last a lifetime. 

 

Gold-plated jewelry has a significantly lower percentage of gold and goes through a different manufacturing process than gold-filled jewelry. Gold-plated jewelry is created by dipping a base metal (such as brass) into a bath of electroplating solution that contains gold and applying an electric current. This results in a microscopic layer of gold deposited onto the metal. This layer is much thinner than the coating of gold that covers gold-filled jewelry. Gold-plated jewelry has a layer of gold between 0.175 and 2.5 microns (1 micron=1 millionth of a meter). Gold-filled jewelry has at least a hundred times the amount of gold than the few microns of gold coating in gold-plated jewelry. Gold-filled items are 50 to 100,000 times thicker than regular gold plating, and 17 to 25,000 times thicker than heavy gold electroplate. 

 

Some articles of jewelry such as gold dipped stones, select pendants, etc. may only have the option of gold-plating due to the nature of the material they are bonding the gold to. Whereas, chains and earring wires or posts, are readily available in gold-fill since they are made from sheets and wires of metal that can go through the gold-filled process. 

 

If you have skin sensitivity to metals, make sure you do your research before you buy. Higher karat gold alloys are better tolerated than lower karat qualities because there is less of the reactive metal in the alloy - such as 18k-24k gold. As a low cost alternative to high karat solid gold, gold-filled jewelry is generally known to be non-reactive and hypoallergenic due to the thickness and durability of the bonded gold. If you have a severe allergy, 12k or 14k gold-fill is a low cost option to high karat gold

 

 

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

All jewelry is handmade, and thus requires careful handling. Please treat it kindly. Store the jewelry safely either laying flat or in a jewelry box. Do not allow it to get tangled. Do not exercise, swim or sleep wearing your jewelry, do not store jewelry in bathrooms, as the increased moisture levels can cause metals to tarnish or age more quickly.