The Difference Between Gold Filled and Gold Plated Jewelry

The Difference Between Gold Filled and Gold Plated Jewelry

Gold filled jewelry offers a way to wear stylish and durable accessories at an affordable price. To decide whether it's right for you, learn here about the differences between gold filled and gold plated jewelry, including the costs, longevity, and maintenance requirements.

What is Gold Filled? 

Gold filled jewelry is made by taking a thin layer of solid gold (14k or higher) and bonding it to a base metal such as brass. This process makes the gold more affordable and less prone to tarnish than pure gold. The result is a layer of gold that looks like solid gold but at much lower cost. Gold filled jewelry can last several years with proper care and maintenance.

What is Gold Plated?

Gold plating is a process in which a thin layer of gold is applied to the surface of another metal. This process produces a cheaper, less durable piece of jewelry than gold filled jewelry and much more prone to tarnish as it typically has a significantly thinner layer of gold. Gold plated jewelry would typically use gold-plated base metals such as brass, pewter and steel. The cost for this type of jewelry tends to be significantly lower than that for gold filled jewelry.

The Pros and Cons of Gold Filled and Gold Plated Jewelry

Both gold filled and plated jewelry have advantages and disadvantages. Gold filled is more durable than gold plated and typically won't tarnish as easily due to its thicker layer of gold. However, gold filled pieces tend to be more expensive than those that are plated. Gold plated jewelry may look the same as gold filled but will tarnish more quickly due to its thinner gold coating, making it a less durable option overall. It's important to consider your budget and lifestyle when making your decision in order to determine which type of jewelry is right for you.


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