Gold Vermeil

Gold plated jewellery has a thin layer of gold applied over the top of another affordable metal, such as copper. The gold is applied via electroplating, where the electrical current attracts the gold to the metal, reacting and leaving a thin gold covering. For items to be labelled as gold plated they require a minimum of 0.5 microns of gold. This thin coating will wear quickly, and the cheap, base metal will come through, often causing discolouration on the skin- this is where gold plated jewellery tends to get a bad reputation.

Gold Vermeil, whilst similar to gold plating, has some key differences that make it distinctive. Vermeil is a technique originating in the 19th century, where gold was applied to Sterling silver.  Gold vermeil is also made through the gold plating technique but requires a thicker layer of gold. In this case, the gold layer must be above 2.5 microns. This means it is much more durable, especially when looked after.

Our Gold Vermeil pieces are made with sterling silver and coated in 18k yellow gold, by another small business called Lumio Plating. 

Hallmarked Gold Vermeil pieces will be hallmarked as Silver as this is their base metal. 

Gold Vermeil is a great way to create affordable, yet durable gold pieces. Most of our pieces can be sent of for plating at an extra cost. So if you see something you like in Silver, but would prefer it in Gold Vermeil, just get in touch and we can arrange it.

If you have any other questions, please contact us using the form on the website.

Jess x

 


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