Gold Guide: Know Your Gold

All that glistens is gold, but not all gold jewelry is made equally. The terminology of the jewelry industry can be confusing, we are here to help clarify commonly used terms and what they really mean. All of Jureve's jewelry is 100% solid gold, nickel-free and hypoallengenic - everyday pieces we hope you'll never take off.

Solid Gold:

  • 100% solid gold: typically 14k or 18k as 24k solid gold is too malleable for daily wear (for more information on the difference between 14k, 18k and 24k solid gold, see our guide here.)
  • Commonly used in fine jewelry
  • Waterproof, sweatproof and perfect for daily wear

Gold Filled:

  • Thin layer of gold on metal alloy (typically inexpensive metal such as nickel or brass)
  • More durable compared to gold plated but will tarnish over time 
  • Commonly used in fashion jewelry due to accessible price
  • Should avoid contact with water or liquids due to tarnishing
  • Once tarnished, will turn black and not be suitable for wear

Gold Plated:

  • Very thin layer of gold on metal alloy (typically inexpensive metal such as nickel or brass)
  • Easily tarnishes and potentially leads to allergic skin reactions (and green fingers) due to base metals of nickel and brass commonly used
  • Commonly used in fashion jewelry due to low price
  • Should avoid contact with water or liquids due to tarnishing
  • Once tarnished, will turn black and not be suitable for wear

Vermeil:

  • Very thin layer (0.025mm) of gold on silver 
  • Commonly used in fashion jewelry due to low price
  • Should avoid contact with water or liquids due to tarnishing
  • Once tarnished, will turn black and not be suitable for wear

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