Differences between Gold-Filled and Gold-Plated
Posted: Feb 23 2015
When shopping for Jewelry pieces it is important to know the difference in Gold-plated Jewelry and Gold-filled Jewelry. We hope this guide helps you when considering to purchase any piece of our dainty jewelry line ;)
What Is Gold-plated Jewelry?
Gold-plated jewelry is created using an electro-chemical process that places a layer of Gold on copper, brass, or sterling silver. The thickness of the Gold used in plating usually determines the price of the piece.
How Long Will Gold-plated Jewelry Last?
How long the piece will last depends on how often the item is worn and how thick the plating is. Gold-plated jewelry is much less expensive than Gold-filled; however, the Gold color will eventually wear off as it comes into contact with the wearer's skin salts or pollutants in the air.
What Is Gold-filled Jewelry?
Gold-filled is made from solid "Gold" and "filled" with other alloys. Gold-filled wears like solid Gold because its outer surface is solid Gold. Electroplating is NOT a part of this process. Gold-filled is created by using heat and pressure to fuse a layer of Karat Gold to copper, brass, or sterling silver. The bond produced is a permanent one.
How Can I Tell If It Is Genuine Gold-filled?
You can tell Gold-filled by the quality mark along with the manufacturer's Trademark stamped on each piece. Gold-filled must have a quality mark that will identify its Karat.
How Long Will Gold-Filled Jewelry Last?
Gold-filled offers all the same physical characteristics as solid Gold such as beauty, durability, and strength, but at a fraction of the cost. With reasonable care, it will last a lifetime.
How Do I Care For My Gold-plated And Gold-filled Jewelry?
Frequent cleaning is recommended to maintain its beauty. Wipe your jewelry carefully with a soft cloth to keep it clean and free of elements which oxidize.
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