What’s the difference between gold filled and gold plated jewelry?
Gold filled jewelry is a high quality alternative to solid gold. Gold filled (sometimes called gold overlay) pieces are made using heat and pressure, bonding a thin layer of real gold to a base metal (usually brass) core. The gold that covers the brass surface makes the piece wonderfully tarnish-resistant. Gold filled jewelry is easy to care for and will usually maintain its golden shine for a lifetime.
In addition, gold-filled jewelry is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. Because golf-filled pieces are regulated, they have become increasingly popular through the US and abroad as an affordable and beautiful alternative to solid gold jewelry.
By contrast, gold plating is a miniscule layer of solid gold applied to a brass base. The thin plating does not compose any measurable proportion of the product’s total weight. Gold plating will generally wear off quickly and expose the brass base, often causing the skin to turn green. Gold plate does not stand up to heat, water, or wear over time.
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