If you are buying gold jewelry, you may have seen jewelry labeled "gold and silver", "silver", "14k silver", "18k silver" and other labels. Here is a little explanation of what this means!
What is gold and silver?
Vermeil (pronounced vehr-may; this is French!) is a legally regulated term referring to a certain type of high-quality jewelry. To be legally called "vermeil" in the United States, jewelry must meet all of the following conditions:
1. Use pure silver as the base material. 925 sterling silver is an alloy made of 92.5% sterling silver and 7.5% of other materials. It is the standard material for high-quality jewelry (compared to brass or copper).
2. Plated with at least 10k (10 carats) gold. This means that the gold content of gold is at least 41.7%.
3. The thickness of the gold plating is at least 2.5 microns. One micron is 1/1000 of a millimeter.
Source: Federal Trade Commission
*Please note that in Canada, the requirement for products to be labeled "gold-plated" is much lower; the plating thickness is only 1.0 micron. If you buy from a Canadian brand, you should ask about the plating thickness. A 2.5 micron thick coating will be thicker than 1.0 micron for many years, so you should ensure the quality you pay for.
In other words, the gold-plated ornaments are made of precious materials and are heavily plated to ensure durability.
What is the difference between gilding and gilding?
Gold-plated jewelry refers to jewelry with a gold plating thickness of at least 0.5 microns. It does not need to use pure silver as a substrate, and usually uses lower-value materials at its core. As the coating is very thin, gold wears out quickly compared to gold and silver. Gold and silver are better than gold-plated jewelry.
What does "14k gold-plated" mean?
If you see "14k", "18k" or other carat numbers before the word "vermeil", it just refers to the amount of gold: 24k is 99.9% gold, 18k is 75% gold, and 14k is 58.3% and 10k It is 41.7%.
A higher opening is not necessarily better; pure gold is very flexible and yellowish, so mixing it with other materials can increase the strength of gold and make it more suitable for jewelry. Mixing it with other materials will also change the golden tone, so the yellow tone will not be so aggressive.
What do you mean when you say it is regulated?
National consumer protection agencies, such as the Federal Trade Commission in the United States, regulate the "vermeil" label because it indicates a certain level of quality.
However, some countries/regions have more relaxed regulations, which can be a dangerous area for consumers.
For example, in Canada, the requirement for vermilion is only 1.0 microns thick. This is a very thin coating, and you can expect that your jewelry will not exceed a few years under regular use.
However, Canadian jewelry brands may refer to their products as "vermeil" when marketing in the United States, even though it is not technically vermeil according to US regulations. This is an illegal practice, but it happened. Unfortunately, the losers are those customers who expect a certain level of quality but actually get worse.
Should I buy vermeil?
In the field of golden jewelry, gold and silver are the highest quality jewelry you can get when you buy pure gold. For anyone who wants a cheap, high-quality alternative to pure gold, vermeil is your answer!
You can buy gold and silver jewelry in our shop! At Linjer, all our gold products are gold-plated or pure gold. Our gold-plated products use 14k gold and 2.5-3.0 microns thick plating. The prices of our cute styles are also 25-50% lower than traditional jewelry brands.