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Get to know the Erin McDermott Jewelry Materials

At Erin McDermott Jewelry, we love practical, comfortable, and stylish accessories paired with easy-to-clean materials. Read about our materials below and shop the links. We are always here to answer questions and love hearing from you!

Studs with Hypoallergenic Surgical Steel Posts

Made of surgical steel our steel studs are non-toxic materials and made without harmful chemicals or allergens that could cause irritation or other health problems. Its durability, hypoallergenic properties, easy maintenance, and affordability make it a practical and stylish choice for everyday wear. We love to bring you studs that are lightweight, easy to wear, and layer necklaces and bracelets from our entire collection. 

Fish Hooks made of 100% Nickel-Free and Lead-Free Steel

Our dangle and drop earrings are 100% nickel-free and lead-free. Nickel and lead are common allergens that can cause discomfort and skin reactions. Lead-free jewelry is also safe for you and your family, so it is unlikely that the lead would absorb through your skin and harm you and your family. Wear lead-free jewelry for a long time without thinking twice! Comfort, style, and ease are our top priorities. We love bringing you lightweight earrings that make a statement and transitioned effortlessly from morning to night.

Gold Plating

Gold plating involves depositing a thin layer of gold onto a base material. It’s an affordable way to enjoy the allure of gold without the gold jewelry sticker shock. That means that it is impervious to moisture and high temperatures. Gold plating allows jewelry to hold up well in many environments and will not melt when subjected to high heat. Over time, gold plating will naturally wear off and reveal the underlying base material. We recommend removing your jewelry in water and keeping away from sweat, sunscreen, lotions, and harsh chemicals. Please see our policies for more information.

Gold Filled

Gold filled jewelry creates durability that can withstand wear and tear without chipping or fading for decades. Imagine a slab of base metal covered with a gold alloy spread. Then, it is expertly rolled up or compressed sideways to create a final piece of the desired thickness and shape. The meticulous process ensures that our gold-filled jewelry boasts  substantial real gold. Gold-filled jewelry is also known for their skin-friendly properties. Most people don't experience allergic reactions to them, making them an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin. Shop our White Luxe Collection here and refer to our policies section for more information.


Resin Beads

When carefully crafted, resin hardens to create beads with a glossy, waterproof finish. Resin beads are known for their remarkable strength, surpassing traditional plastic beads. We love this versatile material, allowing us to craft jewelry that captures gemstones shimmer and shine while remaining lightweight. Because of resin’s various pigments, the jewelry colors can vary slightly from the original photo on the website. Shop our resin jewelry here, and we are happy to answer order or color questions by email

Semi-Precious Stones

If you’ve followed us for a while, you know that I love the natural healing properties of stones. Semi-precious stones emit different kinds of energy. Many can bring an excellent mood and drive away negative thoughts, among other benefits. Semi-precious gemstones are a category of minerals that may not reach the same rarity and value as their precious counterparts (diamonds and emeralds) but admired for their supposed healing properties, significance, and beauty! Whether you are like me and love the symbolism or appreciate the stone patterns and varieties, there is one for everybody. Shop our gemstone collection here.


 Our favorite semi-precious stones:

  • Amazonite: Referred to as the “Stone of Hope,” Amazonite brings emotional balance, mental clarity, and a soothing effect on the nervous system. The healing properties benefit the throat, thyroid, and nerve pathways, aiding in cell regeneration and healing after trauma or injury. 

  • White Turquoise (howlite): Known as helpful in relieving stress and absorbing negative energy, howlight is a powerful calming stone can also help improve communication skills, increase creativity and bring prosperity. 

  • Moonstone: Moonstone brings healing and calming feminine energies. It also helps you accept change and embrace the positive in the world.

  • Turquoise: With a rich history of being associated with protection, healing, success, and good fortune, turquoise promotes positive energy, assists with communication, reduces anxiety, and restores balance. 

  • Peach Turquoise: Peach Turquoise encourage forgiveness, and may help give courage to release past issues and traumas. It can help bring joy to everyday life and promotes understanding, friendship, and cooperation in groups. 
  • Lapis: Often associated with royalty, lapis is known for promoting strength, courage, wisdom, and friendship. It also helps with maintaining a good mood throughout the day.
  • Quartz: Believed to improve mental and physical energy, stamina and physical strength, Quartz enhances spiritual growth and effective for healing fatigue, depression, and stamina and awakens self-love and empowerment.

  • Mother-of-Pearl: A soothing motherly protection from negative energy and fear, Mother-of-Pearls are stress relieving stones, relaxing, soothing, and calming.
  • Agate: Agate is thought to fortify blood vessels and keep a healthy blood flow throughout your body. This stone ensures that you sleep soundly and deeply because of its calming aura and comforting presence. This stone will increase your metabolism and defense, protecting you from illness.
  • Freshwater Pearls: Pearls are said to be beneficial for the body and mind and help with balance, tranquility, calmness, and centeredness.

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