Contrary to gold-plated jewelry, our gold-filled and gold vermeil pieces have a much thicker plating of gold, making them hard to tarnish and safe for sensitive skin.
Gold-filled jewelry is created through a heating process by bonding a thick layer of gold onto a base metal, usually brass or copper. Gold fill contains 5% of solid gold, compared to 0.5% for gold-plated jewelry, which makes them last much longer and safe for sensitive skin.
Gold vermeil (pronounced 'ver-may') uses sterling silver as the base metal. It must be at least 10k and contain 2.5 microns of solid gold to be considered gold vermeil. We use 2.5 to 3 microns for our gold vermeil jewelry to ensure our gold vermeil jewelry lasts a long time.
Gold-plated jewelry is made by quickly dipping or 'flash plating' a base metal (brass or copper) into a thin layer of gold, ranging from 0.1 - 0.5 microns. Although gold-plated jewelry is the most affordable option, we do not carry any gold-plated jewelry as it can last only a few weeks before tarnishing occurs.