What is Gold Plated?
Gold plated jewelry is made from a process of electrolytic deposition called electroplating.This process combines a layer of gold plating onto a base metal (commonly brass or nickel). The layer of gold plating is generally between 0.5 microns and 2.5 microns thick. As time passes with wear, the gold layer will fade away to reveal the base metal. Once it tarnishes, it's usually time to replace your jewelry.
What is Gold Vermeil?
The process of Gold Vermeil jewelry is also created by electroplating like gold plated. The difference is Gold Vermeil combines gold plating on top of high quality sterling silver (925). Gold vermeil jewelry is usually at least 2.5 microns thick and usually costs at a higher price compared to gold plated.
What is Gold Filled?
Gold filled is essentially a gold layer over a base metal, typically brass or copper. Gold filled jewelry undergoes a much more thicker layer of gold bonded over a base metal by heat and pressure. Since the layer of gold is thicker, it will take longer for the gold to fade away. It is much more easier to care for and tends to be at a higher price point compared to gold plated and gold vermeil.
Please note that the only gold that will not tarnish with time is solid gold. All other gold (gold plated, vermeil, or filled) will lose its shine over time depending how well you care for it.
What Type of Gold Jewelry Should I Buy?
Depends on your preference! Gold fill is slightly more expensive due to the manufacturing of the heat and pressure bonding and is more durable and long lasting than gold plated and gold vermeil. In comparison to gold plated, gold vermeil is hypoallergenic and is an excellent choice if your skin is sensitive to metals in gold plated. If you want to grow your jewelry collection, gold plated is a great option!
Our gold jewelry are made of high quality 18k gold vermeil that is great for sensitive skin and offered for affordable prices. If you have any question, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.