Hurray; you’ve just learned a new term and are quite excited to use it! Problem is, you’re not particularly sure what it means, so how can you flex your newfound knowledge, then?!
Not to worry; we are here to help!
So recently you’ve heard of “Gold Vermeil” — which is not surprising at all, as this type of jewelry metal has slowly been gaining popularity over the years — and are wondering if you should join in on the hype and purchase a piece for yourself. Well, should you? Heck, what is gold vermeil, anyway? Is it as beautiful and sturdy as those other pieces in your collection? You’ll find out here!
Today, we’ll discuss everything you might need to know about gold vermeil jewelry.
What is Gold Vermeil?
Vermeil (and it’s actually pronounced vehr-mey (we got a little French lesson here, too!) is a term that refers to the quality and composition of a pice of jewelry. According to a post by Linjer, a jewelry can only be legally called “vermeil” in the United States once it meets the following conditions:
1. Have sterling silver as its base material. Sterling silver is an alloy made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other materials, and is a standard material used in high quality jewelry (versus, e.g., brass or copper).
2. Be plated in gold that is at least 10k (10 karats). That means the gold is at least 41.7% gold content.
3. Have gold plating that is at least 2.5 microns thick. A micron is 1/1000th of a millimeter.
*Note that in Canada, the requirements for labelling an item ‘gold vermeil’ are much lower; the plating thickness needs only to be 1.0 micron thick. If you are purchasing from a Canadian brand, you should ask for the plating thickness. Plating that is 2.5 microns thick will last many years longer than 1.0 micron, so you should be sure of the quality that you are paying for.”
Gold Vermeil vs. Gold Plated
“Heck, what do you know? Gold vermeil is actually just another gold plated jewelry!”
…well, not exactly. After reading through this post, you might even find that gold vermeil is actually more of a bang for your buck than their gold plated counterparts!
Let us tackle on the many differences between the two.
The core metal of gold vermeil jewelry, at all times, MUST be made of silver, which is arguably its most notable characteristic. On the other hand, that of gold plated jewelry can literally be any alloy or metal — heck, the manufacturer could even use plastic if they wanted to, but of course, no one would do that unless they wanted their brand to be tarnished with negative reviews!
Plating and Thickness
It sucks to say that gold plated jewelry do not have any minimum requirements or quality standards, but that’s just how things go. As long as a material is coated with a gold finish, it can be already called gold plated.
Whereas, gold vermeil jewelries have a gold plating thickness requirement of at least 2.5 microns, or 0.0025 millimeters. That alone is enough to ensure its quality — of course, no one needs to wear thick and bulky jewelry to look gorgeous!
According to a post by Jewelry Notes,
“The durability of vermeil and gold-plated jewelry depends mainly on the karat of the gold plating, its thickness, and the composition of the alloy used to make the core.
The karat of the gold plating will determine whether its surface will be easy to scratch – higher-karat gold is softer and less durable, whereas lower-karat alloys do not scratch and wear out as easily.
Whichever the case, the thicker plating is likely to last longer (provided that it is not much softer because of its karat).”
At the end of the day, when choosing jewelry in terms of which is more durable than the other, you need to look into the piece’s composition, and of course, the credibility of their manufacturers.
Gold plated jewelry are much cheaper than their gold vermeil counterparts. What the what?!
That is because the base of gold plated jewelry can be made of any alloy or metal the manufacturer could think of; whereas, gold vermeil has its own standards and the base therefore cannot be made of any material other than Sterling Silver.
However, if the gold plating of the former is thicker than the latter (which is usually the case when trying to make up for bases of cheap material), then you should expect that gold plated jewelry will be more expensive.
Should You Buy Gold Vermeil?
So, should you go ahead and make that gold vermeil purchase? Both pure gold and gold vermeil jewelry undoubtedly add that particular gleam and a touch of elegance in your overall look
In our opinion, gold vermeil, gold plated and even pure gold jewelry do not virtually differ, meaning there may be no person in the world who could tell the difference between the three with just a simple glance. So when purchasing jewelry with the pure intention of looking and feeling good, then you are free to choose whichever you want!
That said, if you wish to wear gold but do not have the budget for a pure one and are quite afraid of it getting stolen or lost, the best option for you would be either the gold vermeil or the gold plated jewelry.
If you are after durability, it is not recommended for you to purchase pure gold. You might remember from one of our previous posts that we mentioned pure gold’s high malleability — it is prone to deformations when you are not the least bit careful with it.
Pure gold is usually lighter than its competitors, so if you need something that will not serve as dead weight and will feel more natural when wrapped around your finger, neck, or anywhere else, pure gold jewelry is your best pick.
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