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Gold Filled vs Gold Vermeil vs Gold Plated

Ever wondered what the difference is between gold-filled, gold vermeil, and gold plated? If so, we are here to explain the different types of materials.

GOLD FILLED

For most of our jewelry pieces, we use gold filled since it is the best option after solid gold. Gold-filled is an actual layer of 14k gold pressure-bonded to another metal and it is required to have a minimum of 5% gold by weight. There is still a possibility for gold filled pieces to get tarnished since it is not solid gold. This does not happen that easily, only after excessive use or use without the proper care. (Find out how to take care of your jewelry here). The thicker layer of gold is a better option than gold plated pieces which are just dipped in a thin layer of gold. With the proper care, your gold filled jewelry will last for many years!

GOLD VERMEIL 

In some instances, we use gold vermeil to create special design pendants and/or rings through a meticulous casting process. Gold vermeil is a combination of a thick layer of gold over high-quality sterling silver. Industry regulated gold plating thickness of gold vermeil is no less than 2.5 microns. There is still a chance that the pieces could fade, although with the proper care your pendant will keep its beautiful gold color over many uses.

GOLD PLATED 

Gold plated is a cheaper alternative if you are on a tighter budget. Most fashion jewelry are made with gold plated materials since it is very cheap to produce. There is a very thin layer of solid gold applied to the metal, estimated 0.05% or less. The gold layer of gold plated pieces will tarnish and fade over time, which makes it not very sustainable. We prefer not to use any gold plating for our pieces since we want to offer our customers jewelry that has a higher quality.

Hopefully you gained some more knowledge about the different types of golden materials. If there are any other questions please feel free to contact us at shop@pocketsongbird.com.

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