Gold vermeil ("ver-mey") is one of the hottest trends right now because discerning shoppers are realizing that it's the perfect combination of look, quality and price.
When you buy gold jewelry, gold vermeil should be at the top of your shopping list, as it gives the look of solid gold jewelry at a fraction of the price!
What is Gold Vermeil?
There's nothing complicated about gold vermeil. It's just silver dipped in gold.
However, there are international standards in making gold vermeil jewelry. The silver must have a minimum purity of 92.5% and the gold must have a minimum thickness of 2.5 microns. All gold vermeil jewelry is stamped with the 925 mark to indicate the base metal used is sterling silver 925.
Just like any gold jewelry, a gold vermeil one can contain gold of different purities, including 10k, 14k, 18k, 22k or 24k gold. 10k is the minimum purity and anything below 10k cannot be branded as vermeil.
Origin of Gold Vermeil
The word "vermeil" is an English-French word, which originated from France where gold vermeil was popularised in the 19th century.
The plating process that allows sterling silver to be coated in gold is known as electrolysis, which replaced the original process called fire-gilding. Vermeil jewelry is also known as gilded jewelry but it's not used nowadays.
Differences Between Gold Vermeil and Gold Plated
Gold vermeil should not be confused with gold plated because it is more valuable and has many better attributes.
Gold vermeil is precious silver coated in a thick layer of gold. With gold plated, the base metal can be anything from brass to stainless steel. As mentioned above, gold vermeil must have a thickness of 2.5 microns or above, however, gold plated can be of any thickness.
Comfort & Durability
Gold vermeil jewelry pieces are more durable and more comfortable for everyday wear.
The durability of the gold layer depends on the thickness and karat of the gold. A piece with a gold layer of 5 microns will be more durable than one with a thickness of 2.5 microns. However, when it comes to the purity of gold, it's the opposite. The lower the karat, the more durable the piece, as gold is soft and scratches easily. For example, a 14k gold vermeil piece will be much more durable than a 22k one.
When it comes to sensitive skin, the most common allergen in jewelry metal is nickel. Gold vermeil uses sterling silver and gold, which means it is much safer for sensitive skin.
At J.Bubs, we offer affordable, high-quality jewelry, including beautiful gold vermeil pieces. Visit our online boutique now to shop gold vermeil necklaces and more.