What is 14k Gold Filled, Anyway?

September 28, 2015

Many years ago, when I first started making jewelry, I fell in love with silver. Then, it didn't take long for gold to become my friend too. Plus, my maiden name is Goldschmitt, so obviously I have a special place in my heart for the color gold. I love silver, but sometimes it's frustrating to work with and keep around because it tarnishes. It doesn't matter who you are or where you live, silver tends to tarnish. Gold however, keeps its fine luster just about anywhere and on anyone.

So what is the deal with 14k gold filled? What is the difference between gold filled, gold plated, gold vermeil, Goldfish, Goldschlager, etc? I thought gold, was gold, right?

The Quick Down and Dirty between 14k Gold Filled, Gold Plated and Gold Vermeil...

14k Gold Filled:

I grabbed this information about 14k Gold Filled from the Rio Grande website. Their definition is the easiest for me to explain to my customers, aka... you.

Gold Filled is Gold that has been fused to brass.
"• Karat gold covers the brass surface, making it tarnish-resistant.
• The value of gold-filled is greater than gold-plated because gold-filled has an actual layer of karat gold, not just a microscopic film.
• All of Rio’s gold-filled products meet federal quality standards.
• Gold-filled jewelry is economical. Your customers enjoy the warm tones of gold at a fraction of the cost of pure gold."


Gold Plating and Gold Vermeil:

Wikipedia has an easy definition of gold plating.

"Gold Plating is a method of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal, most often copper or silver, by chemical or electrochemical plating."

Gold Plating has the potential to rub off.

Gold Vermeil... it is gold plating on silver.

I can't speak for Goldfish and Goldschlager, but I thought I'd throw in a few chuckles if you got this far...

So, my long story made longer, of why I primarily use 14k Gold Filled. When the economy went belly up all those years back, I started experimenting with 14k gold filled. Primarily because the price of 14k gold filled is so much easier to stomach. It's closer to the price of silver, yet it works and looks like gold... Well, because it IS gold. It may not be 14k Gold, but it has a decent amount of it to maintain its gold!!

If you have a base metal sensitivity, 14k Gold Filled may not be right for you. Either way, if you like handmade, handcrafted jewelry, we will make sure you love what you wear!! And who says you have to tell anyone that you're wearing 14k gold filled? If you like it, rock it sista!!

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