Finding that perfect piece of jewelry is always exciting, but finding that perfect piece of jewelry that will last is even better! Gold-filled and gold-plated jewelry has been around for a long time but what's the difference and how will you know which one is best for you? In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at both gold-filled and gold-plated jewelry, exploring the advantages and disadvantages, and what you need to know before you buy.
What is Gold-plated Jewelry?
Gold-plated jewelry is a great option for those who want an inexpensive option compared to solid gold or even gold-filled jewelry. Gold-plated jewelry starts with a base metal (typically brass, nickel, or copper) which is dipped into a solution using a process called 'flash-plating' to lightly coat the metal with a layer of real gold. Because the layer of gold is so thin, this typically leads to chipping or tarnishing which is inevitable even with proper care and storage simply due to the way it is made. Gold-plated jewelry pieces are perfect for those pieces you only need to wear once or only wear once in a while.
Those with metal allergies should shy away from gold-plated jewelry since it is more likely to cause a reaction once the gold plating has worn away and the base metal is exposed. Those who have a history of skin irritations or conditions should avoid gold-plated jewelry as much as possible.
Though the upfront cost of gold-plated jewelry may seem appealing, the cost over time will increase as you will need to either recoat or repurchase the piece once the gold-plating has worn off. You are better off investing in a slightly more expensive gold-filled or solid gold option if possible, to avoid paying more in the long run.
What is Gold-filled Jewelry?
Gold-filled jewelry is becoming increasingly popular among fashion-conscious customers. Unlike gold-plated jewelry, gold-filled pieces are made by bonding a layer of solid gold to a layer of a base metal such as brass. This makes gold-filled jewelry much more durable than gold-plated jewelry, as the gold is fused to the base metal and has several layers of real gold as opposed to one like gold-plated jewelry. Gold-filled jewelry can be worn for years without tarnishing or fading if taken care of and stored properly and is generally considered to be of higher quality than gold-plated jewelry.
Gold-filled jewelry is also ideal for those who have metal allergies, as the layer of gold is much thicker than gold-plated jewelry. This thicker layer of gold helps to prevent skin irritation and makes gold-filled jewelry a great option for those with metal sensitivities.
Because gold-filled pieces are made with a layer of solid gold, they have the same look and feel as solid gold jewelry but at a fraction of the cost. This makes them an attractive option for people who want to enjoy the beauty and glamour of gold jewelry without breaking the bank. With its combination of quality, durability, and affordability, gold-filled jewelry is quickly becoming a favorite among jewelry enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking for an everyday accessory or a special piece for a special occasion, gold-filled jewelry is a great choice.
How is Gold-filled Jewelry Different from Gold-plated Jewelry?
Gold-filled jewelry is quickly becoming a popular alternative to gold-plated jewelry due to its superior quality and affordability. Gold-filled jewelry is composed of a solid layer of gold, which must constitute at least 5% of the item's total weight, mechanically bonded to sterling silver or another base metal. This layer of gold is much thicker than gold-plated jewelry, which is comprised of a thin layer of gold covering a base metal such as brass. As a result, gold-filled jewelry is much more durable than gold-plated jewelry and will not flake or rub off over time.
Not only is gold-filled jewelry more durable, but it also has a much more expensive look and feel than gold-plated jewelry. The layer of gold is much thicker, giving the jewelry a more luxurious look and weight than gold-plated jewelry. Furthermore, because of this thicker layer of gold, gold-filled jewelry is much more valuable than gold-plated jewelry.
Overall, gold-filled jewelry is a great option for those looking for an affordable, durable, and luxurious alternative to gold-plated jewelry. With its superior quality and value, gold-filled jewelry is quickly becoming the go-to choice for jewelry lovers everywhere.
What are the Benefits of Owning Gold-filled Jewelry?
Gold-filled jewelry is an excellent choice for those looking to add a luxurious and stylish look to their wardrobe without breaking the bank. Gold-filled jewelry looks just as beautiful as solid gold jewelry but is much more affordable. Gold-filled jewelry is also much more durable than plated jewelry and will last much longer. In addition, gold-filled jewelry is hypoallergenic and non-toxic, making it a great choice for people with sensitive skin or allergies. Gold-filled jewelry is also easy to care for, requiring only a quick wipe with a jewelry cloth to keep it looking its best. Whether you're looking for a special occasion piece or everyday jewelry, gold-filled jewelry is an excellent option at a fraction of the cost of solid gold.
How Should I Care for My Gold-filled Jewelry?
Gold-filled jewelry is a popular choice for those looking to add a touch of luxury to their everyday look. With proper care, gold-filled jewelry can last for many years. Here are a few tips to help you maximize your gold-filled jewelry’s longevity.
First, store your gold-filled jewelry in a dry place to prevent tarnishing. Humidity and moisture can speed up the tarnishing process. Keep your jewelry in a jewelry box or airtight bag (such as a ziploc baggie) and store it in a cool, dry place. We provide both of these with every purchase to help you maintain your jewelry for a long time!
Second, it’s important to clean your gold-filled jewelry regularly. Use a soft cloth to wipe away any dirt or debris on your jewelry. We don't recommend any kind of jewelry cleaner as the chemicals are too harsh for the gold coating and can deteriorate the finish. If necessary, use warm, soapy water to gently wipe the surface of your jewelry. Rinse and dry it thoroughly with a soft cloth before storing it away.
Third, use caution when wearing gold-filled jewelry. Although gold-filled jewelry is more durable than gold-plated jewelry, it can still be scratched or dented if it’s not handled properly. Avoid wearing it while doing activities that could cause damage.
Finally, keep your gold-filled jewelry away from harsh chemicals. Chlorine and detergents can cause damage to the jewelry, so make sure to take them off when doing housework or swimming in a chlorinated pool. Also, while many companies claim that their gold-filled pieces are waterproof, there is no such thing when it comes to any other jewelry besides solid gold. Extended exposure to water will certainly cause tarnishing and the gold layering to rub off which is why we always recommend you remove your jewelry prior to showering and at night to help preserve the look and quality of your piece.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your gold-filled jewelry looks great for years to come.
Our Favorite Gold-Filled Jewelry Picks
Now that you know why we prefer gold-filled jewelry over the rest, here are a few of our favorite gold-filled best sellers to check out the next time you are looking for something new!
Marley Pearl Hoops - These gorgeous dainty pearl hoops feature a 14k gold-filled hoop with 3 genuine freshwater pearls on each earring. The perfect accessory for your next vacation!
Tula Pearl Necklace - This pearl choker is a statement piece on its own but can easily be paired with your other favorite pieces for a layered look!
Darcy Choker - This dainty chain choker features a gorgeous anchor chain that makes this a great layering piece or can be worn on its own for a simple textured look!
Lennon Pearl Necklace - This chunky, paperclip chain necklace is fun and unique! Wear it alone or with other necklaces for a fun, eclectic look!