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This article was written by Michael Fox, owner of Fox Jewelry, a business dedicated to the sale
of Masonic Rings, Freemason Rings, Masonic accessories and other fraternal jewelry. Fox Jewelry offers the largest selection of Masonic Rings and other Masonic Jewelry anywhere.
Gold filled jewelry is quickly gaining popularity in the United States. It is a quality material that is easy to care for and maintains its brilliance for a long time. The process involves layering two or three layers of gold alloy that is bonded to another surface such as brass. Gold filled is required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. The 5% is then described by the KT of the gold alloy. Gold filled jewelry is identified by 10/20 or 10/14 or 10KT Gold filled or 14KT Gold filled is also acceptable. Gold filled will not peel or delaminate like a “dipped” product. It will also not tarnish like many sterling silver products. To clean a gold filled piece of jewelry it is best to just use warm soap and water. Gold filled will generally stand up or last longer than an electroplated piece of jewelry.
Gold plated jewelry is where a minute layer of solid gold is applied to a brass base. It is estimated to be about .05% or less of the metal product. Gold plating will typically wear off rather quickly and expose the underlying product made of brass. Over time, it does not typically stand up very well to exposure to heat or water.
Do not confuse gold plate with Vermeil which is a thicker layer of gold normally applied over sterling silver rather than a base metal such as brass. To be considered Vermeil, the plating should be a minimum or 2.5 microns thick.
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