What is the difference between gold filled and gold plated jewelry?
Have you ever wondered what the difference between gold-filled and gold plated jewelry is? Why gold-filled jewelry is so popular? Well, you’re not alone! So today we wanted to share some useful information.
What is gold-filled?
Gold-filled jewelry is jewelry composed of a solid layer of gold. Most high-quality gold-filled pieces have the same appearance as high carat gold. The core metal is brass and gold-filled is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight, to get specific. Our Gold-filled items are 14kt gold-filled. Most jewelry made this way can last 10 to 30 years through the layer of gold will eventually wear off. This type of jewelry is great for daily wear and can be easier to take care of.
What is gold plated?
Gold plated jewelry is a thin layer of solid gold that is applied to a base of brass which is estimated to be 0.05% or less of the metal product. Gold plating will generally wear off more quickly as it does not stand up to heat, water or wear over long periods of time. Additionally, this type of jewelry tends to be more affordable due to containing smaller amounts of gold.
What is solid gold?
Solid gold jewelry is the highest in price and purity. Solid gold jewelry’s value comes from its glamorous color and shine. Often gold is made into an alloy by mixing it with other metals in order to create a stronger metal than pure gold.
The difference between gold-filled or gold plated and solid gold?
Gold-filled or gold plated jewelry is a fraction of the cost of solid gold jewelry and accessories, comparatively, over time they will also degrade and discolor.
Currently, Erin Fader Jewelry sells a variety of each type of metal made only in the highest standards. We encourage sustainability due to the longer wearing nature of our gold-filled and solid gold jewelry pieces.
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