We are often asked, what is the difference between gold filled vs gold plated or gold overlay? The simple answer is that with all three options you're getting a quality piece of jewelry. However, it's important to understand each option so that you can make an informed decision regarding your purchase:
WHAT IS GOLD FILLED JEWELRY?
Gold filled jewelry consists of a thick layer of at least 10k gold on top of a base metal, such as silver, brass, etc. Gold filled metal contains a top layer that weighs at least 1/20th of the total weight and is mechanically bonded together through an intense process of heat and pressure.
Gold filled creations are great for those who want the beauty of gold without paying the higher price associated with solid gold. As the gold layer is thick, gold-filled jewelry won’t tarnish, fade or flake and could last as long as 30 years. People with sensitive skin should have no problems wearing this.
WHAT IS GOLD PLATED JEWELRY?
Gold plating means the process of putting a very thin layer of gold over another metal, usually silver or base metals like copper and brass. These metals are mechanically bonded together through electroplating. The thickness of the gold plating can vary between manufacturers but is typically around 7 millionths of an inch thick, depending on quality. With proper care, this gold-plated layer can last for up to two years without requiring a quick, relatively inexpensive replating.
Gold plated jewels are ideal for someone looking for a gold finish at budget friendly price.
WHAT IS GOLD OVERLAY JEWELRY?
Gold overlay jewelry consists of a layer of at least 10k gold on top of a base metal, such as silver, brass, etc. The top layer weighs less than 1/20th of the total weight of the metal. The gold overlay process involves bonding via heat and press similar to gold plating.
Gold overlay jewelry does not contain nickel, hence it does not irritate the skin like gold plated jewelry pieces may.
In Conclusion, all three types are great options when considering buying quality jewelry with a beautiful finish. All three options are different but equally beautiful and will last with proper care.
If you have further questions about gold overlay vs gold plated or gold filled, feel free to contact us. We would be happy to assist you in making the right decision for your jewelry purchase!