Six Things You Need to Know About Gold Filled Jewellery

Are you looking for gold jewellery but don’t want to spend a fortune? Gold filled jewellery is your best option. It is affordable and similar to pure gold. Here are some things you should know about gold filled jewellery before purchasing your piece.

What does Gold Filled mean?

The first thing you want to know is, what does gold filled mean? According to Wikipedia, gold filled jewellery is made up of solid gold which is mechanically bonded to a base of either sterling silver or other base metal. Typically the gold is 5% of the total weight of the jewellery. 

Does Gold Filled Jewellery tarnish?

Gold filled jewellery will not tarnish easily but it depends on the percentage of Karat in the the piece. The higher the percentage, the less likely it will tarnish. This is because the higher the Karat, the more gold is in the piece. 

Gold Plated vs Gold Filled

What is the difference between gold plated and gold filled? 


Gold-plated means that a thin layer of gold has been plated over a metal, most likely copper or brass. Because the layer of gold is so thin, you cannot expose the jewellery to the elements and should apply extra care. Extreme heat, water, and regular wear and tear will often tarnish the piece and strip the plating within about a year (it can last longer with careful care and little wear). Gold-plated is a less expensive gold than gold filled.

Gold-filled, on the other hand, is a great option, less expensive alternative to solid gold, but more costly than gold-plated. Of course, nothing is going to be as durable as solid gold. It is 100 % nickel free when you buy from a UK distributor. 

Can Gold Filled Jewellery cause skin sensitivity or allergies?

When buying jewellery it is important to pay attention to whether or not the piece of jewellery can cause skin irritations or allergies. For the most part gold filled jewellery will not cause skin irritation or allergies because the metal base is filled on top with gold layer that’s hypoallergenic. The only time that you need to be careful if you tend to have skin sensitivity or allergies is if the gold part wears off. You can avoid this by maintaining and taking care of your gold filled jewellery. 

How do you clean Gold Filled Jewellery?

Cleaning gold filled jewellery is not hard. All you need is water and a piece of cloth. Wipe it with a wet cloth and air dry. If you need to do a thorough cleaning, use mild soap and water. You can use commercial cleaning liquid and polishing clothes but be careful as this might cause damage. 

How durable is Gold Filled Jewellery?

Durability of gold filled jewellery depends on thickness and quality of the gold layer. Gold filled jewellery that has a thick layer of gold can last up to 40 years. Durability is also affected by how you care and maintain your piece of jewellery. 

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