What is Gold Vermeil Jewellery?

If you have been shopping online or instore for gold jewellery you may have come across the term Gold Vermeil, or Vermeil Jewellery.

So what does this mean and why you should look at adding pieces to your Jewellery Collection ?

What is Gold Vermeil

Vermeil is a technique originating in the 19th century, where a layer of gold is applied to fine or sterling silver. Gold Vermeil jewellery although sharing some aspects with jewellery that has been Gold Plated, there are several factors, including composition, thickness and base metal that differentiates and determines whether a piece is Gold Vermeil or Gold Plated.

To be known as Gold Vermeil the jewellery piece must meet all of the below conditions:

  1. The base metal must be either Fine Silver 999 or Sterling Silver 925. Sterling Silver is an alloy made up of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper (and/or other alloys).
  2. Be plated in gold that is at least 10ct.
  3. The thickness of the gold plating must be at least 2.5 microns thick. For those of you who are unsure what a micron is, a micron is 1/1000th of a millimetre.

Gold Vermeil vs Gold Plated Jewellery – what are the key differences?

When comparing gold vermeil to gold plated, there are many differences that make the two gold types stand apart:

  • Base metal – whilst gold plating can take place on any metal, from copper to brass, gold vermeil has to be on Fine or Sterling silver. 
  • Gold thickness – the next key difference is in the thickness of the Gold layer. To be referred to as Gold Plated Jewellery the minimum thickness for the Gold Layer only needs to be 0.5 microns. Gold Vermeil Jewellery has to be a thickness of at least 2.5 microns. When it comes to gold vermeil vs gold plated, gold vermeil is at a minimum 5 times thicker than gold plating.
  • Durability – Gold Vermeil, due to added thickness of its gold layer,  is far more durable than gold plating. Combining both affordability and quality.

Should I buy Gold Vermeil Jewellery?

Both gold vermeil and gold plated jewellery have their own unique advantages. For those wanting a higher quality, but still affordable piece that will endure frequent wear, gold vermeil is the ideal choice. 

You can shop for gold vermeil jewellery right here on my shop! On my online store all my gold toned products are either solid gold or gold vermeil. My “Gold-Vermeil” jewellery uses 18ct yellow gold and plating of 3 microns thick.

If you want to build a collection of high-quality jewellery without the pure gold price tag, gold vermeil is a fantastic option.

Vermeil usually looks like gold to the naked eye, making it a great alternative to pure gold jewellery. You can also shine it up to give it a beautiful gloss, or leave it to tarnish for a vintage look.

Want to learn more about Gold Vermeil Jewellery?

Read my post about caring for your Gold Plated Jewellery.

 

SHOP GOLD VERMEIL

If you have been shopping online or instore for gold jewellery you may have come across the term Gold Vermeil, or Vermeil Jewellery.

So what does this mean and why you should look at adding pieces to your Jewellery Collection ?

What is Gold Vermeil

Vermeil is a technique originating in the 19th century, where a layer of gold is applied to fine or sterling silver. Gold Vermeil jewellery although sharing some aspects with jewellery that has been Gold Plated, there are several factors, including composition, thickness and base metal that differentiates and determines whether a piece is Gold Vermeil or Gold Plated.

To be known as Gold Vermeil the jewellery piece must meet all of the below conditions:

  1. The base metal must be either Fine Silver 999 or Sterling Silver 925. Sterling Silver is an alloy made up of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper (and/or other alloys).
  2. Be plated in gold that is at least 10ct.
  3. The thickness of the gold plating must be at least 2.5 microns thick. For those of you who are unsure what a micron is, a micron is 1/1000th of a millimetre.

Gold Vermeil vs Gold Plated Jewellery – what are the key differences?

When comparing gold vermeil to gold plated, there are many differences that make the two gold types stand apart:

  • Base metal – whilst gold plating can take place on any metal, from copper to brass, gold vermeil has to be on Fine or Sterling silver. 
  • Gold thickness – the next key difference is in the thickness of the Gold layer. To be referred to as Gold Plated Jewellery the minimum thickness for the Gold Layer only needs to be 0.5 microns. Gold Vermeil Jewellery has to be a thickness of at least 2.5 microns. When it comes to gold vermeil vs gold plated, gold vermeil is at a minimum 5 times thicker than gold plating.
  • Durability – Gold Vermeil, due to added thickness of its gold layer,  is far more durable than gold plating. Combining both affordability and quality.

Should I buy Gold Vermeil Jewellery?

Both gold vermeil and gold plated jewellery have their own unique advantages. For those wanting a higher quality, but still affordable piece that will endure frequent wear for years to come, gold vermeil is the ideal choice. 

You can shop for gold vermeil jewellery right here on my shop! On my online store all my gold toned products are either solid gold or gold vermeil. My “Gold-Vermeil” jewellery uses 18ct yellow gold and plating of 3 microns thick.

If you want to build a collection of high-quality jewellery without the pure gold price tag, gold vermeil is a fantastic option.

Vermeil usually looks like gold to the naked eye, making it a great alternative for those who can’t afford pure gold jewellery. You can also shine it up to give it a beautiful gloss, or leave it to tarnish for a vintage look.

Want to learn more about Gold Vermeil Jewellery?

Read my post about caring for your Gold Plated Jewellery.

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