What is 14k gold filled jewelry? So many of us get confused about gold filled or gold plated versus solid gold... there are so many options and all of them look great, especially on pictures! But which one should we get and what are the benefits?
We all know that cheap jewelry cannot be solid gold and usually all those so called bijoux jewelry pieces are made of gold plated material. Gold plated is a base metal (mostly brass or copper) which is simply plated, or other words dipped into a thin gold layer. This layer will come off over time and fade, but on the bright side these accessories are very affordable and could be kept in nice condition if you do not let the jewelry to touch water or harsh chemicals.
Gold Filled: Gold filled is an actual layer of gold-pressure bonded to another metal. Gold filled is not to be confused with gold plating as filled literally has 100% more gold than gold plating. Gold filled is much more valuable and tarnish resistant. It does not flake off, rub off or turn colors. As a matter of fact, anyone who can wear gold can wear gold filled without worries of any allergic reaction to the jewelry. Gold filled jewelry is an economical alternative to solid gold! Lifetime Products: Gold-Filled items are generally considered lifetime products, and the gold layer will not wear off, as it will in electroplated products. Gold filled jewelry is often called the wave of the future because it offers all the same characteristics as solid gold such as strength, durability and beauty….but at a fraction of the cost!Caring for Gold Filled: Caring for Gold Filled items is as easy as caring for any gold jewelry. Simply keep away from chemicals, clean regularly with mildly sudsy water, rinse well and pat dry with a non-scratching cloth. Polish gently with a jewelry polishing cloth.
Some of us have a special acid in their skin that react with gold filled but sometimes even with solid gold and turn their skin green. One solution for this is to use clear nail polish or other barrier material between your skin and the metal to avoid turning green.
At Anci Decor we love gold filled, because it is affordable, but still a quality material. But on the other hand our hand stamped statement rings are gold plated because we wanted to create something fun and careless, a great gift for that $20 range. Our customers are super happy with our plated ring quality as well and they claim its still shiny and new looking after 4 years of use.