Gold Filled vs. Gold Plated? What's the Difference?!

Gold plated jewelry is great for those who are looking to get the trendy gold look on a budget. Gold plated items are created by using an electric/chemical process to attach gold particles to the base metal and create a thin layer of color. Due to it's nature, gold plated items are much more affordable but require more care to increase it's longevity.

“Gold filled” is not actually filled with gold. Gold filled jewelry is created by bonding a thick layer of actual gold to another metal, usually brass, through extreme pressure. The gold content is legally required in the US to be at least 5% of the total weight. As the gold layer is thick, gold-filled jewelry won’t tarnish or fade as quickly as gold plated items. In fact, they can be cleaned and if taken care of well, they can last well over a year!

Gold Filled is has the highest content of gold aside from solid gold. To our dismay, not everything can be made gold filled and so we gold plate instead!

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