When searching for gold jewelry, you might come across the terms "plated", "solid/pure", "filled", or "vermeil" during your shopping. At AERA, our our golden jewelries are mostly from plated and vermeil. However, we believe it's essential to grasp these distinctions to comprehend why we choose these more affordable options.
Here are the differences between these types.
Gold-plated jewelry is made by electroplating a very thin layer of gold onto a base metal, often brass or copper. The gold layer in gold-plated jewelry is much thinner than that in gold-filled or vermeil items. While it has an attractive appearance, it can wear off over time, revealing the base metal beneath.
A gold plated piece has always the advantage of being reasonably priced. Thus, affording different variations becomes possible. When caring your gold plated jewelry, you will wear your them many years as first day.
You can find AERA Gold Plated collection here.
Gold vermeil (pronounced "ver-may") is a type of gold-plated jewelry. However, it has a thicker layer of gold compared to standard gold-plated jewelry. To be considered vermeil, the gold layer must be at least 2.5 microns thick and plated over sterling silver. This makes it more durable and longer-lasting than regular gold-plated jewelry.
Gold-filled jewelry is created by bonding a layer of solid gold to a base metal core, typically brass. The layer of gold in gold-filled jewelry is significantly thicker than in gold-plated items. It's a more affordable alternative to solid gold and offers good durability and resistance to tarnishing.
Solid gold jewelry is made entirely of the specified gold alloy. For example, 24-karat gold is pure gold, while 18-karat gold is 75% gold, mixed with other metals for added durability. Solid gold jewelry is valuable, durable, and typically more resistant to tarnish or discoloration.
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