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In this series, we'll be answering some of the most common questions we get about vermeil jewelry.
We'll start with the basics and cover topics like how to care for your vermeil jewelry, what type of plating is best, and how long vermeil jewelry will last.
We'll also answer some more specific questions about vermeil, like whether it can be resized or repaired and where to find the best vermeil jewelry.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOLD VERMEIL VS. SOLID GOLD?
Gold vermeil is a type of gold-plated jewelry consisting of a sterling silver base metal coated with a thick layer of gold (2.5 microns thick). On the other hand, solid gold is made entirely out of gold.
The main difference between gold vermeil and solid gold is that gold vermeil is less expensive than solid gold while still providing the same luxurious look. Gold vermeil is also more durable than solid gold, making it a good choice for everyday wear, but because it is not made entirely out of gold, it is more likely to tarnish over time.
WHAT IS 14K GOLD VERMEIL?
14k gold vermeil is a type of jewelry that is made with a sterling silver base and then covered with a layer of 14k or above gold. 14k rose gold vermeil contains 58.5% pure gold and is thus a great choice if you are looking for something that has both a high purity level and a beautiful color.
WHAT IS 18K GOLD VERMEIL?
18k gold vermeil is a type of jewelry that contains 75% pure gold. 18k rose gold vermeil is a type of jewelry that is made with a sterling silver base and then covered with a layer of 18k or above rose gold. 18k gold vermeil is a great choice if you are looking for something that is both beautiful and has a high purity level.
WHAT IS ROSE GOLD VERMEIL?
Rose gold vermeil is a type of jewelry that is made with a sterling silver base (2.5 microns thick) and then covered with a layer of 10k or above rose gold. The rose gold layer gives the jewelry a unique look and helps protect the piece from wear and tear.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOLD VERMEIL VS. STERLING SILVER?
The difference between gold vermeil vs. sterling silver is that gold vermeil consists of a thick layer of gold (2.5 microns) over sterling silver. Whereas sterling silver only consists of pure silver without any other mixed metals.
IS GOLD VERMEIL THE SAME AS GOLD FILLED?
No, gold vermeil is not the same as gold filled. Gold-filled jewelry consists of a base metal (any type of metal is acceptable) covered with a layer of gold through a heat & pressure process. The gold layer must be at least 5% of the total weight of the piece. On the other hand, gold vermeil jewelry consists of a sterling silver base electroplated in a thick layer of gold.
IS GOLD FILLED OR GOLD VERMEIL BETTER?
Gold-filled jewelry will last longer than gold vermeil because of the heat & pressure system used to create it. However, gold vermeil jewelry is a better choice if you are looking for something that has a luxurious look with a lower price tag.
Also, gold vermeil is easier to replate than gold filled when the gold starts to wear off. So, if you want your jewelry to last a long time, go with gold filled. But if you're looking for a more budget-friendly option that you can replate over time, go with gold vermeil.
HOW TO CARE FOR GOLD VERMEIL?
To care for your gold vermeil jewelry, avoid exposing it to water, lotions, or perfumes. These can all cause the gold layer to wear off over time. We also recommend removing your gold vermeil jewelry before any activities involving harsh chemicals or abrasive materials.
If your gold vermeil jewelry does get exposed to water, gently pat it dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Moisture can cause the gold to tarnish, so it's important to dry it as soon as possible.
HOW TO CLEAN GOLD VERMEIL?
You can clean gold vermeil with warm water and mild soap. You can also use a jewelry cleaning cloth to wipe down your pieces. Avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaners as they might damage the gold coating.
To clean gold vermeil jewelry that is extra dirty or has build-up, you can soak it in a solution of warm water and dish soap for a few minutes before scrubbing with a soft toothbrush.
We hope you found this guide helpful in learning the basics of vermeil jewelry. As always, if you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to us. And be sure to check out our collection of beautiful vermeil jewelry!