What is the difference between gold vermeil, gold plated, and gold filled jewellery?
Embarking on the journey of selecting the perfect gold jewellery? Hold on tight as we unravel the mysteries behind Gold vermeil, Gold plated, and Gold filled jewellery. Let's navigate through the bling labyrinth, ensuring you make informed choices with this comprehensive guide.
What is vermeil jewellery?
Gold vermeil (pronounced ver-may) jewellery is your golden ticket to luxury jewellery and is more accessible for all budgets so you can embrace luxury without emptying your bank account. Elk & Bloom gold jewellery has been expertly curated by coating a base metal of sterling silver (hypoallergenic) which is then PVD plated (this is 10 times stronger than gold plated) using 30x more gold and is then finished with an e-coating (which is used on cars) to protect from scratches and oxidation. The thickness of the gold must be a minimum of 2.5 microns to be classed as gold vermeil (Elk & Bloom jewellery exceeds this). This means our jewellery is your partner in everyday glam. The durability of the thicker gold layer means your favorite pieces can withstand the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Is gold vermeil real gold?
Yes, gold vermeil is real gold. At Elk & Bloom, we use the highest percentage of gold alloy that can be used to make jewellery. Unlike solid gold pieces, gold vermeil relies on sterling silver as its foundation. The choice of sterling silver contributes to the jewellery's structural integrity and hypoallergenic qualities.
Is gold vermeil waterproof?
Gold vermeil is not completely waterproof, and it's important to take certain precautions to preserve the appearance and integrity of the jewellery. While gold vermeil is more durable than some other gold-alternative options like gold-plated jewellery, it's still susceptible to damage when exposed to certain conditions.
If you do happen to get your gold jewellery wet, gently dry it with a soft, lint-free cloth afterward. Avoid rubbing too vigorously, as this may contribute to wear and tear over time.
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What is gold plated jewellery?
Gold plated jewellery refers to pieces that have thinner layers of gold applied to the surface of another metal, usually brass or copper. This process involves electroplating or mechanically bonding a thinner layer of gold onto the base metal. The thickness of the gold layer in gold-plated jewellery is typically much smaller compared to other gold-alternative methods. This is a much more affordable option to solid gold.
Is gold plated real gold?
Yes, gold-plated jewellery contains real gold, but it's important to understand that the gold layer in gold-plated items will be thinner. Gold plating is a process where a layer of gold is applied to the surface of another metal, typically brass or copper. However, ensuring you’re buying gold plated over sterling silver, means you’re still buying a high quality item that’ll last much longer than jewellery with brass or copper bases.
What is gold filled jewellery?
Gold-filled jewellery is a type of jewellery made by bonding a layer of gold to a base metal, usually brass or copper. The process involves mechanically bonding a thick layer of gold to the base metal through heat and pressure. Unlike gold-plated jewellery, where the gold layer is thin and may wear off over time, gold-filled jewellery has a much thicker layer of gold, making it more durable and longer-lasting.
Is gold filled jewellery real gold?
Yes, gold-filled jewellery contains real gold. Gold-filled is a type of jewellery made by bonding a thick layer of real gold to a base metal (usually brass or copper) through a mechanical bonding process. The gold layer in gold-filled jewellery must constitute at least 5% of the total weight of the item. This makes gold-filled jewellery more durable and longer-lasting compared to gold-plated jewellery, where the gold layer is much thinner.
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