Solid Gold, Gold Filled and Gold Plated...Sterling Silver

It's important to know the difference between these types when shopping for jewelry.

Purchasing "gold" jewelry can be tricky. There are so many different names for "gold", so let's get the scoop!

Solid Gold- Solid gold is one of the most valuable resources in the world and is the most valuable form of jewelry. With care, solid gold lasts a very, a very long time. Solid Gold is also the most expensive.

Gold Filled- a thick, solid layer of 14K gold, mechanically bonded to a base metal (usually copper).  It is a strictly regulated process. All of the gold is actually on the outside so its weird that it is called "gold filled". The thick, outer layer of gold makes it safe for people with allergies or sensitive skin. Gold filled is a high quality metal without the price of solid gold.

Gold Plated- a thin layer of gold that varies in thickness because it is not regulated. It is done with a quick "flash plating" over a base metal. Gold plating is good for very trendy jewelry because it will not last very long and will start of peel and fade when the trend is over. Also called "vermeil" when the base metal is over sterling silver.

Sarah Cornwell Jewelry uses GOLD FILLED and STERLING SILVER in all our products, so you can be sure your jewelry is high quality and with proper care will last for many years!

Interested in Sterling Silver pieces? Find out more here.

  • sterling silver is hypoallergenic. It's a great choice if your skin reacts to other materials like nickel.
  • Sterling is one of the most durable precious metals, which means that it's an excellent option for delicate filigree, as well as pieces that receive regular wear.
  • Jewelry made from sterling silver will hold its value, since the metal itself is precious. This may not be true for costume jewelry made from brass and other materials.
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