Phone: 510.847.4898

1442a Walnut St
Berkeley, CA, 94709
United States

Leslie Francesca Designs based out of Berekley, California strives to embrace natural elements within collections of handmade jewelry. 


Show Me The Gold

Leslie Francesca

At Leslie Francesca Designs, we combine both gold overlay with gold fill to ensure high quality pieces that last. 

Gold Fill

Gold-filled items have a thick layer of gold on them. These items use a gold alloy, which can be very strong depending on the karat of the gold that is used. The lower karats of gold tend to be a bit stronger. A higher karat of gold indicates a higher purity, and while that means the gold piece itself is more valuable, the metal will be a little softer. Leslie Francesca Designs uses 14 karat gold fill on all gold chains within the collection. 

Gold Overlay

Gold overlay is a method of covering another type of metal with a very thin, almost microscopic, film of pure gold by electroplating it. Also referred to as gold-plated. Among the biggest benefits of gold-plated items is the fact that it is fairly strong. Gold is a soft metal, and it is easily susceptible to nicks, dents, and bending. Gold-plating can lend an attractive finish to a piece that must be sturdy and durable. Leslie Francesca Designs uses this process of gold overlay to outline and wrap parts of raw stones.