Here's the technical description:
Gold Fill is a thick layer of gold bonded to a brass core. Gold Fill uses a weight-based requirement of 5% solid gold of the item's total weight.
So, what does this really mean?
Due to the bonding method of pressure and heat, and the amount of solid gold used, this amazing metal can withstand hammering, texturizing, and forming. We consider this metal to be the best alternative to solid gold; due to its price and durability.
HOW DOES GOLD FILL COMPARE TO GOLD PLATING?
Gold Plate is a thin layer of gold that is plated over a base or semi-precious metal. It is often a more cost effective choice, as it does not require the same amount of gold as Gold Filled items. Plating varies in quality and thickness and isn't always ideal for some designs as it tends to wear off in high-friction areas.
HOW DO I CHOOSE WHICH METAL IS BEST FOR ME?
Consider the amount of friction your piece of jewellery will undergo. Ring bands, the underside of bangles, and the backs of necklace chains get the most wear as they are constantly rubbing against the skin.
When possible, choose Gold Fill for these styles.
Plated jewellery is ideal for pieces that you don't plan on wearing everyday, or that aren't sitting directly on the skin. Styles such as cocktail rings or statement earrings are great choices in Gold Plate as they don't get as much wear and they will be a more cost effective choice. (If you are allergic to base metals, a high quality plating such as Vermeil; gold plated over Sterling Silver, is a great alternative to solid gold.)
DOES GOLD FILL AND GOLD PLATE TARNISH?
Both metals may naturally darken over time.
Gold Fill can be easily re-polished with a polishing cloth or a mild soap and soft toothbrush. Gold Plate may be gently cleaned as well, but with regular polishing the base metal may begin to wear through.
Both of these metals should be carefully cared for and stored properly when not being worn to extend their lifetime. You can read our full care instructions here.
Keeping this knowledge in mind when purchasing your jewellery will help you choose your pieces with the right expectations.
PRO TIP: You can mix and match! If you have a plated pendant that you love but the necklace chain has worn through, add it to a Gold Filled chain to get more life out of your loved piece.
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