GOLD PLATED VS. GOLD-TONE JEWELRY: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Here's a list of what we will go over in this post:
- The manufacturing process
When it comes to jewelry, there's no doubt about it – gold is the real deal. But when you're looking for a budget-friendly alternative that still offers up plenty of shine and glamour, what are your options? Gold-plated or gold-tone jewelry are both great choices, but they aren't quite created equal. So let's break it down and make sure you know the difference.
THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Most people mix up gold-plated jewelry and gold-tone jewelry. Gold-plated jewelry has a very thin yet genuine gold covering that is about 20 millionths of an inch thick. Gold tone, on the other hand, implies that there is merely the color of gold and no actual gold content.
Generally speaking, gold-plated jewelry is more expensive than gold-tone jewelry. This is because creating gold-plated jewelry is more labor intensive and uses more pure gold (an expensive metal). However, it is important to remember that the price of gold-plated jewelry can vary greatly depending on the quality of the gold plating and the underlying metal. For example, a high-quality gold-plated piece made with a solid gold base will be more expensive than a lower-quality gold-plated piece made with a less valuable metal.