From Gold Plated to Gold Filled jewellery, where should you spend your money, and what quality can you expect?
A question that comes up often is, 'What is gold filled jewellery?'. There is a considerable difference between gold plated jewellery and gold filled jewellery. The materials used, the manufacturing process, the outcome and longevity of the pieces, and much more.
I know you value creative, quality pieces that are still affordable. So I thought I would take you through the different options. I'll give you a brief rundown of each so that next time you choose your jewellery, you are equipped with all the information to make a great purchase.
Read on to find out what gold filled jewellery is, the benefits and why gold filled jewellery is in such high demand.
From Gold Plated To Gold Filled
From Gold Plated to Gold Filled and everything in between, it's empowering to know what you are selecting with confidence.
The lowest cost gold based jewellery is a gold plated piece, and it is probably the term you have heard of the most. Think costume party jewellery when it comes to this category. With low costs also comes high turnover. These pieces will not last long, tarnish quickly, and may have high skin irritation.
Gold Plated jewellery usually is brass-based, or sometimes alloy, such as nickel or zinc-based, depending on the level of costume jewellery.
Moving up from Gold Plated jewellery is Gold Vermeil. It is better quality, will have a longer life and isn't going to bring that skin irritation.
Gold Vermeil is essentially a sterling silver base with the gold 'painted' on via electroplating process. Depending on what you hope to get out for your jewellery, this is higher quality than a Gold Plated piece, and it will last longer for you.
Then we move up the quality ladder to Gold Filled Jewellery, it's a pressure and heat bonding process, referred to as being 'melted on'. Let's explore this further.
Let's get to it; what does Gold Filled Jewellery involve?
Gold filled jewellery is made via a heat bonding process where the gold is permanently bonded with heat and pressure onto the base metal, creating a thick layer.
This makes gold filled jewellery long wearing and a preferred choice for people who value longevity in their pieces. It will not peel or flake with reasonable care and should last as long as solid 14k gold jewellery. The bonus is that it is safe for most people with metal allergies. It is often lead and nickel free and due to the higher gold content, they are hypoallergenic.
Essentially, it is an affordable alternative to solid gold that outdoes the quality and lifespan of Gold Plating significantly. Gold Filling can last as long as, or close to, pure gold with the correct love and care.
By Natasha Wilton Gold Filled Jewellery
It brings me so much joy to design and make jewellery for you to cherish and enjoy. When I was making theRani Huggies Gold Filled Earrings, I just knew there was something extra special about them.
So much so that you beauties jumped right on to them, and they sold out within the first week of going live! They are now back in stock, and as discussed earlier, they are Gold Filled, as are all the other jewels alongside them.
I have created a range of beautiful Gold Filled pieces, from necklaces to bracelets, rings to earrings and you can find out more from my websitehere.
I choose to create these Gold Filled pieces because of their tarnish resistance, quality and longevity through life. They are made to be worn through the seasons, the highs and lows of life, while swimming and soaking in the sea, sleeping and celebrating, to cherish and remind you of a special moment, to commemorate a milestone or memory. They are yours to keep close to your heart.
Over to you, if you have any further questions about Gold Filled pieces or my collections, please reach out because I would love to hear from you. You can find me on Instagramhere, where we can chat, and you can stay up to date with upcoming events.
Until next time,