Types of Metals
Gold plated jewelry is a thin layer of gold over a base metal through a process called electroplating and is the most affordable option.
We sell stainless steel and 925 sterling silver plated jewelry as it is not prone to tarnishing, can take gold plating well and are great options for those who have allergies (unlike brass and alloy).
You should still make sure to keep the jewelry away from any abrasive contact in order to preserve the coating. If welled care for, the pieces can last up to 2 years.
Gold vermeil is similar to gold-plated jewelry but the difference is that the layer of gold is thicker and the metal underneath is 925 sterling silver. Due to the thick layer of gold, gold vermeil is also a great option for those who have allergies.
It will last longer than gold-plated jewelry, but can still tarnish if exposed to water, sweat, or perfume, or the gold may eventually scratch and rub off with wear.Gold Filled
Gold filled is an actual layer of real gold that has been bonded to another metal with high heat and pressure. The result is a much thicker layer of precious metal, and therefore, not likely to rub off or turn colors like plated jewelry. Gold filled is durable, high quality jewelry that is more affordable than solid gold jewelry.
Solid gold jewelry is the most expensive because it is the purest form of gold jewelry, made up of the most gold element. To create solid gold jewelry, gold must be mixed with other metals to make it durable enough to wear and can be found in the 14k to 18k range. Anything beyond 22k becomes way too soft to wear.
We sell 14k gold pieces because it is harder and not as easily scratched or damaged.