Well, I took the step and bought some 14k gold filled wire to make some of my handmade jewelry! I am quite please with the way my handcrafted earrings turned out. I’m not sure what I expected, but the 14k gold filled wire held up very nicely to my hammering abuse! (which i’m thankfull for! Not one scratch!). I also ended up making my own 14k gold filled earwires.