Gold Vermeil vs Gold Plated

What is Gold Vermeil?

Gold Vermeil (ver-may) possesses distinct qualities that differentiate it from gold plating. Vermeil, developed in the 19th century, requires jewelry to satisfy two strict criteria to be considered vermeil:  

  • The base metal must be sterling silver (.925)
  • The gold layer thickness must be above 2.5 microns, creating a finish that is five times thicker than average gold plating, and far more durable.

What is Gold Plating?

The core or center of gold-plated items can be made of different metals, i.e brass, copper, stainless steel, tungsten, nickel, etc., as well as sterling silver. To be marked as gold plated (G.P.), a piece of jewelry needs a minimum thickness of 0.5 microns. This thin layer will wear off faster over time.

Is Gold Vermeil Real Gold?

Gold vermeil is made with real gold. We use 18 karats, the highest percentage of gold alloy for making gold vermeil jewelry. It offers a luxurious and warm golden appearance similar to solid gold, but at a more affordable price.

Caring for Gold Vermeil Jewelry

The thick gold layer of gold vermeil is a durable choice for jewelry. Proper care is necessary for long-lasting pieces. Regular cleaning, avoiding harsh chemicals, and storing in separate pouches ensures beautiful quality.