This post is going out to all the people who message or who have ever thought, what is actually the difference between gold plated and filled and how do I know about the quality.
Before I started Etta I was as unsure as you about gold quality and what would be the best value for money. Not naming any brands but many prominent online jewellery brands charge high prices for plated jewellery, which as you will soon find out it just craziness.
Above is an image of the difference between solid gold, gold filled and gold plated. As you can see there is a big difference between the amount of actual gold used in each.
Gold Plated: An extremely small layer of gold is applied to a base metal, it is estimated to be 0.05% or less of the metal product and doesn’t add any sort of weight to the product.
Gold Filled: Solid gold is applied to a base metal of brass. Unlike gold plated a much thicker layer is bonded with heat and pressure. Gold filled is legally required to contain 5% of gold by weight and this 5% is the described as the karatage of the jewel.
Solid gold: doesn’t require any explanation, we all know what this means. Although pure gold which is described as having 24k, is far too soft and delicate to really create any sort of find gold jewellery such as chains, so it is the usual practise to bond gold to a base metal as described above.
So you are probably thinking what does this mean to me, the buyer. Well I will explain it all.
Gold plated jewellery is usually cheaper (although this doesn’t always seem to be the case with many online jewellery brands, so keep a look out! Gold plated jewellery tarnishes and wears very easily. Some of you may have noticed you only need to wear some plated jewels for a few days before wear begins to show. Gold plated jewellery can also be made with a range of base metals from brass, sterling silver and copper. Some of these metals can react with the skin… we’ve all experienced that green stain that can sometimes be left behind from wearing a gold plated ring,
Gold filled jewellery is a whole diferent story, and a much better one!
Gold filled jewellery doesn’t tarnish very easily, most people who wear gold filled jewellery will never see any tarnish. Gold filled wears really exactly the same as solid gold (but with half the cost). As the base metal of most gold filled jewellery is brass, this doesn’t react with the skin and means all gold filled jewellery is kind to skin.
The good news from all this is that all Etta jewellery is 14k gold filled and so will never wear or tarnish, and is super kind to skin.
These jewels are the best thing for everyday wear, once you go gold filled you will never go back.
I hope this little post has explained a few things about the difference between plated and filled. I think its super important to know exactly what your buying, especially when you are paying a bit more.
If you want to know more about jewellery care, we have a whole page dedicated to it, the links below.
Till next time,