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Gold Filled is the new word when it comes to high quality jewelry but what exactly does it mean? We created a guide for you to learn about the material differences and how to care for them.
Gold filled jewelry is composed of two solid layers of gold (at least 5% of the item's total weight) which through heat and pressure are mechanically bonded to both sides of a base layer, usually jewelers brass. These sheets are then fabricated into wire, chains and jewelry pieces.
Our Gold-filled items are 14kt gold-filled.
If you ever wondered about this, you are not alone! There is a significant quality difference between gold-filled and plated materials. While gold-filled material has the same qualities as solid gold, the plated materials will rub off over time. Plated, or dipped materials contain only a tiny layer of gold which are electroplated onto the base (in our case it is 100% jewelers brass). Usually gold-plated or dipped materials don't contain more than 0.05% of gold. This doesn't mean it is bad quality, it just needs more care but it is much more wallet friendly than anything containing more gold.
Read Here is our Jewelry Care Guide for all our materials.
Solid gold is always an alloy. The numbers 14 karat or 22 karat describe the karatage of pure gold which the material contains. Pure gold is very soft in its original state of 24 karat and can not be used in jewelry.
Gold-filled is not the same as solid gold. It is made from a base metal which, through heat and pressure bonds with a thick layer of gold in the given karatage.
Gold-filled materials are a great choice when you want solid gold qualities, without spending a fortune. They will last much longer and are easier to care for than electroplated jewelry.
We created several guides for all of our materials. But in general, gold-filled materials are much easier to care for than gold plated since they are not as affected by wear, water, soap and other chemicals. It also doesn't tarnish as quickly as sterling silver. The best is to clean it with a mild soap and water when it becomes dirty. Read here our guide on how to clean gold filled jewelry.
There are enough companies out there who claim their materials are gold-filled but are essentially gold-plated. The best way to be sure that you get what you want is to check for the little print at the closure piece. If you want to have any questions, we are happy to answer them for you. Send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org