Gold-Filled vs. Gold Plated Jewelry

Our jewelry is made of gold filled. Gold filled jewelry contains an actual layer of gold that’s “pressure bonded” to a core metal using pressure and heat. Unlike electroplated (dipped or plated) metals, gold filled pieces legally need to feature 1/20 or 5% of gold by weight. In terms of karat, the gold layer on the jewelry is 10k or higher. Gold filled pieces are much thicker than gold plated ones. Because gold filling is much more intense and consumes gold in a higher quantity, the price tag of gold filled jewelry is often higher than that of gold plated pieces. Because of the thin layer of gold that wears off after a while, gold plated jewelry will begin to tarnish once the base metal is exposed. Gold filled jewelry, on the other hand, will only tarnish under unique circumstances.

Care of Gold Filled Jewelry

Avoid wearing in swimming pools and hot tubs. Remove jewelry to work out. Minimize the products that get on your jewelry: lotion, perfume, sunscreen, cleaning products, nail polish remove, hairspray, etc. After each wear, gently remove makeup and oils by wiping with a soft cloth, like an eyeglass or lens cloth. Rinse in lukewarm water if you've been sweaty or got product on the piece. To deep clean:

  1. Get a bowl of warm water with a touch of gentle soap or mild dish soap.
  2. Let the piece soak for about a minute.
  3. Give it a scrub with an ultrasoft toothbrush, making sure to really get into the chain where the dirt and product like to build up.
  4. Rinse it in lukewarm water a few times to make sure all the soap is off.
  5. Dry it well afterward, and especially make sure it's nice and dry before storing it.
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