1. What is Gold-Filled?
Gold filled is a United States layered gold product that is gaining popularity throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. It is a quality material that is common in all types of jewelry. The product is easy to care for and will usually maintain its golden shine for a lifetime.
Gold filled jewelry is constructed in two or three layers. The core metal is jewelers’ brass. A gold alloy is then bonded to one or both surfaces of the brass core with heat and pressure. Unlike plated (aka electroplated or "dipped") metals, Gold-filled is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. This 5% is then described by the karatage of the gold alloy. Our Gold-filled items are 14kt gold-filled. 14 karat Gold-filled products are identified as 14/20 Gold-filled; alternatively, 14 karat Gold-Filled is also acceptable.
2. What is Gold Plated? – Gold plating is a layer of solid gold applied to a brass base. The plating does not compose any measurable proportion of the products total weight. It is estimated to be 0.05% or less of the metal product. Gold plating will generally wear off rather quickly and expose the brass base product. It does not stand up to heat, water or wear over time.
3. The Difference Between Gold-Filled and Solid Gold
Solid gold is an alloy that is described with the karatage of pure gold. Pure gold is 24 karat. However, it is much too soft to hold its shape or wear well. Therefore, it is mixed or alloyed with other metals to make it harder and easier to work with. Karatage refers to the alloy’s purity. For example, 8 karat gold is 8/24 pure gold or 33.3% pure. Gold-filled is not the same as solid gold. It is a layered alternative product. The gold-filled karatage only refers to the gold layers that compose 5% of the product on the surface.
4. What is Gold Vermeil?
Vermeil, or gold vermeil is a term coined for sterling silver items that are plated with a thin layer of gold. It is essentially a more valuable gold-plated option. In America, to be considered vermeil, an item must be coated with gold at least 10 karats pure. On top of that, the gold layer must have a thickness of at least 2.5 microns. Vermeil is also always marked as .925 or Sterling.
5. Can I Get My Jewelry Wet?
Yes you can, unless it is gold plated and we always state if a charm is gold plated or not in our description for each piece. We just do not recommend spraying perfume directly on your gold filled jewerly. Remember to clean it with a warm cloth after contact to keep the shine on your gold filled jewelry.
6. Do You Offer Free Repairs?
Yes we do! Please contact us if you ever need a free repair, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact us directly by clicking here.
7. Will My Jewelry Tarnish?
With proper care, your gold filled jewelry will not tarnish because gold filled is known to be tarnish resistant. Our gold filled jewelry is rarely gold plated, once in a while will a charm be gold plated, but we inform you if so. You are able to wear our gold filled necklaces, gold filled hoops, gold filled earrings, gold filled rings, gold filled bracelets, and gold filled anklets.
8. Do you do custom orders?
All the time! Please email us at email@example.com or contact us directly by clicking here.
9. How do I take care of my jewelry?
With any type of jewelry, even solid gold jewelry and solid silver jewelry, regular cleaning and upkeep is needed to keep your gold filled jewelry at its best condition. Simply use warm water and soap or a polishing cloth to clean. You can use our gold filled jewelry in water, however do wipe it down with warm water after you’re done, especially after being submerged in salt water. Sweat can also make your gold filled jewelry duller quicker, especially gold filled necklaces, so remove these when you are working out. To learn more, click here!
10. How can I figure out what my ring size is?
Click here to find out your ring size!