What is 14k Gold Filled?
I choose to create 14k gold filled jewelry because it looks beautiful, is highly durable and recyclable. A lot of people ask me what it is and what makes it different from solid gold or plated jewelry.
I thought I'd share some basic fun facts so you can understand the difference.
Gold filled is also called gold overlay, or gold fill
Gold filled is always 5% of the items weight.
Gold plated thicknesses vary piece to piece, but usually around 0.05% of the items weight
HOW IS IT MADE?
Gold filled is a layer of solid gold pressure bonded to jeweler's brass
Gold plating is made by placing a base metal in a solution, and charging it to attract a layer of gold ions
WHICH CAN BE RECYCLED?
- Solid gold and gold filled jewelry can be recycled, again and again.
- Gold plated jewelry, is typically not recyclable because there is not enough gold to extract and the base metal is often unknown
If you don't have reactions to 14k solid gold, you most likely won't have reactions to 14k gold filled. Since gold filled jewelry is a thick layer of actual gold, it acts the same way a 14k solid gold piece would against your skin.
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