What is 14kt Gold Fill and Gold Plate?
I strictly use 14kt Gold Fill, others websites may state Gold Fill but fail to disclose what karat it is, it could be 12kt or 10kt each of these have a lower amount of gold and therefore cheaper to make. On the precious metal market 14kt Gold fill sells for about the twice the price of sterling silver.
It is important to know the differences between Gold Filled jewelry and Gold Plated jewelry when making your choice in buying jewelry. Solid gold is of course an exquisite piece of jewelry. Gold filled is the next level and is an amazing, quality alternative to solid gold. Gold plating is the lower level and these items tend to tarnish and can often times turn the skin green.
Gold Filled: Gold filled is an actual layer of gold that is pressure bonded to another metal. Gold filled is not to be confused with gold plating – gold filled literally has 100% more gold than gold plating. Gold filled is much more valuable and tarnish resistant. It does not flake off, rub off or turn colors. As a matter of fact, anyone can wear gold filled without worries of any allergic reaction to the jewelry. Gold filled jewelry is an economical alternative to solid gold!
Gold Plate, on the other hand is a microscopic film of gold particles that have been adhered to any kind of base metal by means of electroplating (or dipping) process. Gold Plate is often sold as “Gold Filled” (against regulation) or is often called other things such as “gold -overlay” in order to mislead consumers. It is often difficult to initially see the difference between Gold-Filled and Gold-Plate jewelry. However gold plate has a tendency to chip, flake and wear off.
Lifetime Products: Gold-Filled items are generally considered lifetime products, and the gold layer will not wear off, as it will in electroplated products. Gold filled jewelry is often called the wave of the future because it offers all the same characteristics as solid gold such as strength, durability and beauty….but at a fraction of the cost!
Government Regulation: Gold filled items are regulated by the government. These items are therefore so much better then gold plated which has no regulations at all. Gold filled jewelry is made from solid gold and filled with other alloys such as rhodium (a member of the platinum family), brass, and sterling silver. Gold filled wears, looks and lasts like solid gold because its outer surface IS solid gold. Everything you can see and touch is pure gold.
Caring for Gold Filled: Caring for Gold Filled items is as easy as caring for any gold jewelry. Simply keep away from chemicals, clean regularly with mildly sudsy water, rinse well and pat dry with a non-scratching cloth. Polish gently with a jewelry polishing cloth.
“information obtain from Ebay.com Buying Guides”
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