Gold plated and gold-plated jewelry are two great options for jewelry, but what is the difference between them? And why might you want to choose one over another when making a purchase? The purpose of this blog article is to compare gold filled vs plated, so you can decide which one best fits your needs.
WHAT IS GOLD FILLED?
Gold filled jewelry consists of two or three layers of solid gold bonded with other base metals. These layers of solid gold can have different karatage (10K, 14K, 18K and 24K). Gold-filled jewelry is very long-lasting; it will not lose its luster. However, after about 20-30 years you can see some fading of the color.
WHAT IS GOLD PLATED?
Gold plating is the process of covering a base metal with thin layers of gold using an electric current. It reduces dissolved metal cat-ions, so as to form a thin metal coating. Gold filled jewelry typically has a brass, copper, nickel or silver base.