Frequently Asked Questions– COMMON ERA
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Frequently Asked Questions

Products

Where is your jewelry made?

Our founder’s extended family has owned and operated a small fine jewelry studio in Istanbul for 25 years, working primarily in solid 24 karat gold. Each CE piece is made there using the ancient lost wax casting method, then hand-polished and hand-set by master goldsmiths.

What is gold vermeil?

The price of gold is so high that if we were to manufacture in solid gold, each mythology pendant would cost more than $1,000 just in material costs, putting them out of reach for many of our customers.

When it comes to plated gold, most companies use a thin layer of gold over a cheap metal such as brass.

For most of our pieces we have chosen a third way: gold vermeil. Gold vermeil is a thick coating of gold (we use 18k) over solid sterling silver, so the entire piece is composed of precious metals only. We believe it's the most luxurious option available at a reasonable price.

For more detailed information, check out this blog: Gold Plating vs Gold Vermeil

What is rhodium plating?

Rhodium is an extremely rare precious metal that costs twice as much as gold by weight. We use it as a plating material on solid sterling silver because it is hypoallergenic and helps prevent tarnishing and scratching. It also changes the color of the silver from a dark grey to a clean, white-gold finish.

How should I care for my jewelry?

We do not recommend wearing any except solid gold jewelry in water. It’s ok if you get a splash here or there, but don’t go for a swim or take a shower in your pieces.

In the Mythology collection in particular, the fine grooves of the engraving are prone to collecting moisture and dust. Try to keep them dry, and if you experience build up, use an extra soft toothbrush to gently clean the grooves.

We recommend polishing the high-polish backs with a microfiber lens cloth.

Will my jewelry scratch or tarnish?

The unfortunate reality of gold and silver is that they are delicate metals. Gold in particular is very soft, and when it is shined to a high polish, even finger prints will show on it - where it's Cartier or Common Era. Over time, minor scratches will form a beautiful patina, but we are always happy to re-plate a piece if you like.

Do you offer re-plating?

Yes, if there are any issues at all with your plating in the first 12 months, we will re-plate your piece free of charge.

Does your jewelry come in a box or a pouch?

Both! Our packaging is made in Illinois and consists of a salmon-colored pouch in a branded box, so they’re easy to wrap up as gifts.

Do you offer solid gold options?

Yes! Solid gold is our studio's specialty. Because the price of gold is so high, we take a 50% deposit to make the piece, which takes around 4 - 6 weeks. Please contact us at hello@commonerajewelry.com to enquire.

 

Orders

I bought something last week but now it’s on sale: can I get a retroactive discount?

Unfortunately we cannot process retroactive discounts.

How do pre-orders work?

We put items on pre-order when we know they are being produced and will be delivered within six weeks. This allows us to ramp up production to meet demand. We have previously used waitlists instead but had feedback from customers that they would prefer the ability to pre-order because our styles sell out so often. A pre-order means you are guaranteed to get your piece and don't risk the chance of it selling out again.

What is the difference between pre-orders and ordering an out of stock item?

Pre-orders are for styles that are brand new and have not yet launched. For items that are out of stock, our system prevents us from changing their status to pre-order, so we place a notice on the product and then ship it as soon as it is re-stocked.

What is Afterpay?

Afterpay allows you to split your payment into four easy installments with no interest, and it doesn't affect your credit score. Unfortunately, though it is an Aussie company, Afterpay North America is a separate entity and thus only works within the United States and Canada.

Do you offer returns?

Yes, we offer free returns within the US, but international return labels must be purchased by the customer. You can check out our full refund policy here.

Shipping

Where do you ship from?

Usually we ship from a fulfillment center in Dallas, but with the current COVID-19 situation we are shipping directly from our Brooklyn office.

How long does order processing take?

We usually ship within 1-2 business days but please allow 4 days during sale periods.

How much does shipping cost?

Shipping is free globally, or $10 for expedited shipping within the US

Where can I see my order status?

You can track your order here

Why is my package taking so long?

As of June 30, 81% of our US packages are arriving between 1 - 7 days and 19% between 7 - 12 days. We ship first class with USPS, usually same-day or next business day. Once USPS picks up the package, it is truly out of our hands. We do the best we can, but with the current pandemic there are sometimes delays in shipments. We have yet to see USPS lose a package though!

What does my shipping status mean?

Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item - We have packaged and labeled your order and handed it off to the mailroom. It is waiting for USPS to pick it up.

Accepted at USPS Origin Facility - USPS has picked it up and taken it back to their local distribution center. This usually only takes them 24 hours but is taking 2 - 3 days at the moment due to COVID delays

Will you pay my international customs/taxes?

As a small business, we don’t have the ability to set up entities in other countries in order to collect and pay VAT.

If you purchase from Canada, the UK or the EU, you will need to pay VAT when your package arrives in the country.

If you purchase from Australia, you shouldn’t have to pay GST unless the value is over $1000 AUD.

 

Company

Are you American-owned?

Kind of. Our founder/owner is Australian but she's a permanent resident of the United States, so all taxes are paid in the US.

Are you woman owned?

100%!

Do you hire interns?

Yes, please email hello@commonerajewelry.com to enquire

Do you have a PR contact?

Sure thing! Please email us at press@commonerajewelry.com for press enquiries.

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