What is Gold Filled Jewelry?

At STV Jewelry, we use only gold-filled wire and jewelry components. Gold filled jewelry has the same qualities as solid gold jewelry at a fraction of the cost. It is also a great option for people who are allergic to metals, as the material will most likely not cause an allergic reaction. It is more economical than solid gold but has the same desirable properties and look of solid gold. Gold filled will not tarnish, and is also much more valuable than purchasing gold plated jewelry.


What exactly is gold filled?

 Gold filled is a solid layer of gold mechanically bonded to a base using heat and pressure - usually jeweler’s brass, but sometimes silver or other base metal. This is a permanent bond so the gold won’t flake, peel, or fall off. US standards require the gold layer to consist of 1/20th (or 5%) of the jewelry’s total weight. The gold is usually 14k gold, but sometimes may be 12k gold. 

 The type of metal used with gold is what gives gold alloy its different shades. Mixing brass with gold creates a darker yellow color, while silver and copper result in a yellower tone.


Why should I choose gold filled jewelry?

 Since the gold is mechanically bonded to the base rather than plated, it can’t rub off. It won’t tarnish and is much more durable than gold plated jewelry. Gold filled accessories can be worn even daily without fear of fading or rubbing off for as long as 30 years.


What is the difference between gold filled and gold plated?

Gold filled jewelry has almost 100x more gold than gold plated jewelry. The primary difference between gold fill and gold plate is quality. Of the two types of gold overlays, gold platings are thinner and less expensive. With a thickness of a few thousandths of an inch, at best, gold plating wears off easily. Gold plated jewelry is a very light layer of gold - 0.05% actual gold or less - on top of a base metal. Since the gold plating is very thin, the gold can rub off easily. It is also more prone to tarnishing when exposed to any kinds of liquids or chemicals.