Gold Vermeil vs Gold Filled
Despite the large sum of similarities between the gold vermeil and gold filled jewelry, they have their differences, and each has their own unique way of being constructed. Together we can take a brief look at those differences in order to help our customers find the best option suitable for their needs.
What is Gold Vermeil and how is it constructed ? It consists of a base metal onto which a layer of Gold is placed. We start off with Sterling Silver as the base metal, then the Gold (18ct. as a max) is applied through electroplating it onto the Sterling silver base, which results in them fusing together. The Gold layer has to be at least 2.5 Microns thick, which provides us with a luxury product made of a real gold layer.
Unlike Gold Vermeil, Gold Filled doesn’t necessarily contain Sterling Silver as the base metal, it can contain Sterling Silver, Brass or Copper, with Brass being the most common nowadays. The Gold must be at least 5% of the total weight of the product, and it is mechanically bonded to the base metal (using pressure and heat). Gold Filled consists of a much thicker layer of gold compared to Gold Vermeil.