Not everything that shines is Gold... At least not 100%.
Today we are going to explain the differences, advantages and disadvantages between the Gold, Goldfilled, Gold Vermeil and Goldplate.
The gold jewelry is rarely 24K gold. The gold is a soft metal, which can easily be deformed. Therefore, it is common to mix it with other metals to change its color and make it stronger.
Advantages: Is the higher quality option. The gold does not oxidized, so it will always retain its spectacular brightness. It is hypoallergenic, so is ideal for all skin types. All kinds of designs can be done with Gold.
Disadvantages: It is the most expensive option. Depending on the karat, its price may increase considerably.
If you want to know more about gold's properties visit our Guide for Choosing Gold.
Goldfilled consisit of a base metal (such as copper, brass or even silver) that is pressed between a thick layer of gold. The heat and pressure causes both metals to melt, resulting in laminated gold.
Advantages: It is of excellent quality, so that it can even be used in the pool or at the sea without loosing its color. It is more accessible than Gold.
Disadvantages: It is difficult to create, so there are few options of designs available. Cannot be cut or filed down to make repairs, because it would pop out the metal base.
Pyros Necklace with Goldfilled chain.
*The gold chains that accompany our pendants are made Goldfilled.
Many of our economic versions are Gold Vermeiled. In this case the base metal is sterling silver which then receives a layer of gold through a process called "electroplating". To be considered Gold Vermeil, it must have a minimum of 2.5 microns of gold (Ikcha jewelry is made with 5 microns!).
Advantages: It's affordable. All kinds of designs can be Gold Vermeilled. They withstand daily use and prevents silver from oxidizing.
Disadvantages: Depending on your skin, the gold vermeil can fall more quickly. Not recommended for use in the pool or at the sea.
The gold plating is a base metal such as copper or brass, which gets a treatment of gold. However, unlike the gold vermeil, the quality of the micron is not controlled, resulting in a work of much lower calidad.
Advantages: Very cheap.
Disadvantages: It might look cheap. Can irritate the skin. Not recommended for daily use as they can easily lose the golden crust.
As a final recommendation, if you are going to acquire a piece with some kind of gold-plated (the names are sometimes confused in the stores) always ask what is the base metal or how many microns it has, in order to know if it is a worthwhile investment... at the end of the day, the most beautiful thing about jewelry is that it last forever.