What is Gold Filled and why is it the next best thing to solid gold?
The answer is found simply in the word "Gold Filled". Gold Filled is made from solid "gold" and "filled" with other alloys. Gold Filled wears like solid gold because its outer surface is solid gold. Electroplating is NOT a part of this process.
What are some of the advantages of Gold Filled?
Gold Filled has been referred to as the "Gold of the Future" because it offers all the same physical characteristics as solid gold such as beauty, durability, and strength, but at a fraction of the cost. Since the gold is on the outer surface area, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between solid gold and Gold Filled, except when it comes to the cost!
How is Gold Filled Made?
Gold Filled is made by fusing a layer of Karat Gold to a suitable supporting metal (or alloy), using equipment that carefully controls pressure, heat, and time. The bond produced is a permanent one.
How can I tell if it is Genuine Gold Filled?
You can tell Gold Filled by the quality mark along with the manufacturer's name and or Trademark on each piece. Gold Filled must have a layer of real gold, 10karat or better. The quality mark will identify its karat, for example, 14 karat Gold Filled may also be marked as 1/20 14K.
How Long Will Gold Filled Jewelry Last?
The point to remember is that gold, along with its other unique qualities, is virtually indestructible. Since you are guaranteed a substantial layer of gold on your Gold Filled jewelry by law, with reasonable care it will last a lifetime.
Is Gold Filled Jewelry Costume Jewelry?
It definitely is not! The layer of gold in Gold Filled is substantially thicker than the traditional electroplated jewelry. Gold Filled jewelry is fine jewelry that never goes out of style and can be worn beautifully with all tastes and preferences in fashion.
How Do I Care For My Gold Filled Jewelry?
Frequent cleaning is recommended to maintain its true beauty. Salt water, chlorine in swimming pools, soap and perspiration take their toll on all fine jewelry. Wipe your jewelry carefully with a soft cloth to keep it clean and free of these elements that oxidize.