Gold plated, gold filled, or solid gold… it’s way too easy to get overwhelmed with all of these terms. The frustration of buying a piece of jewelry thinking it’s gold, only to wear it a couple of times and see that it’s turned your skin green is something I hear my friends talk about all the time. First, let me start by saying: I have absolutely nothing against gold plated, gold filled, vermeil, or anything of that nature. It’s an awesome way to get the same look for less… but I just want you guys to be educated about what you’re buying. I believe that transparency is key.
When something is gold plated, its gold content is usually less than 1 percent. This means that the piece is a base metal (usually brass) that was dipped in real gold. So at first, the piece is going to look pretty darn close to real gold! But, after it’s been washed, rinsed, or rubbed too hard, it fades. The end result is the piece looking dirty after a while and your skin sometimes being discolored. Most fashion jewelry pieces are gold plated, allowing the cost to be as low as possible.
Somewhat similar to gold plating in the sense that the base is not gold, but a different metal. In gold filled jewelry, the gold is actually melted onto the base metal, not just dipped. By law, gold filled jewelry must contain a minimum of 5 percent gold by weight to be categorized as “gold filled”. The gold coating is much thicker than that of gold plated jewelry, but still, not solid gold. The inside of the piece will still be stamped with a karat number, but please remember that this only applies to the coating. While gold filled jewelry will maintain its gold cast for longer, it will still undergo discoloration over time.
Pure gold is 24k, and is very soft…too soft to work with! Because of this, alloys are added to make it more structurally sound. All of our gold engagement ring pieces are made using 18k gold, which means it’s 18 parts pure gold, and 6 parts alloy. These alloys can be copper, nickel, palladium, etc. We believe in using only the highest quality of gold so you can truly enjoy your jewelry forever, and maybe hand them down to your daughter one day. We want you to be able to make a lifetime investment with each piece you add to your collection. There are too many people in this industry trying to sell you on new, cheap ways of doing things. We want to educate you so that no matter what you decide to buy, that you go into it with your eyes open, and are ultimately happy with your purchase.