Everything You Need to Know About Gold Filled Jewelry?
In today’s jewelry industry, we often hear terminology such as solid gold, gold filled, and gold plated. So what’s the difference between them all? Well, in short: solid gold jewelry is the highest quality, thus it’s the most expensive. Gold filled jewelry is a cheaper, yet still a valuable alternative to solid gold. And finally, gold plated jewelry is usually the cheapest and most accessibly since it aesthetically looks like quality gold. Below you will find answers to the most common questions about this topic.
What is Gold Filled?
“Gold-filled” is a USA industry standard that legally requires 1/20th, or 5% pure gold by weight. It’s a strictly regulated process that involves pressure bonding multiple layers of solid gold with extreme heat over a core of high quality jeweler’s brass resulting in a durable, good quality product.
Does gold filled jewelry tarnish?
Although a gold filled piece of jewelry is not solid gold, it has the same desirable properties and look of solid gold. In theory, gold fill items can last a lifetime.
In practice, actual longevity will depend on how you care for it and a variety of other factors.
How do I take care of my gold filled jewelry?
Follow these simple steps to care of your gold filled jewelry:
- Remove your jewelry before bed, showering, swimming or exercising
- Allow perfume, lotions and creams to be absorbed into skin before putting on your jewelry
- When not in use, store your jewelry separately in cool, dry place like the box or pouch that came with it.
Can I wear gold filled pieces if I have sensitive skin?
Gold filled pieces has a thick layer of solid gold over a core of jeweler’s brass, making it ideal for most people with sensitive skin. None of our pieces contain common allergens like nickel or lead. It is still possible that you could have a reaction, as each person's body chemistry and sensitivities are a little bit different. Our jewelry works great for most people.
What's the difference between "Gold filled" "Gold plated" and "Solid gold"?
Solid gold jewelry will last virtually forever, but it is the most expensive option when it comes to gold jewelry.
Gold filled jewelry is just a step down from solid gold. For many customers, they offer the ideal balance of price and quality.
Gold-plated jewelry is typically the least expensive option, but offer lower quality. These pieces could easily chip or flake and there are few standards about what base metal can be used.