What's the difference between gold plated and gold filled?
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Gold plating this is a method of covering another type of metal with a thin layer of pure gold, by electroplating it. Some businesses refer to gold plated jewellery as gold overlay; however, these are essentially the same things.
Among the biggest benefits of gold-plated items is the fact that it is fairly strong. Gold is a soft metal, and it is easily susceptible to nicks, dents, and bending. Gold-plated jewellery is very affordable and looks just like real gold. The piece will be very strong and durable in most cases as the gold will be plated over a stronger metal. The only downside is that the gold finish on gold-plated items can begin to wear away over time if not cared for properly.
Gold filled jewellery is much more valuable than gold-plated. In fact, there is almost 100 percent more gold in gold-filled items than is found in gold-plated items.
Just as gold-plated jewellery is plated with gold, gold-filled jewellery is as well, but there is a big difference between the ways these products are made.
Gold-filled items have a much thicker layer of gold on them, and the gold is a much higher quality. In fact, it is just a step down from solid gold when it comes to quality and value.
We recommend keeping all your jewellery dry and avoiding chemicals such as deodorants and perfumes as these things can all effect the gold on your jewellery.