Caring for your Julz
ALL OUR ITEM LISTINGS TELL YOU WHAT MATERIAL IS USED FOR THAT PIECE. PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS INFO ON HOW TO PROPERLY CARE FOR YOUR ITEMS.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
Gold filled Jewelry is okay to get wet and the closest you can get to having the quality of a solid gold piece without the high price point. It has a thicker layer of gold that takes longer to rub off. Gold stainless steel also does great with water exposure. Gold plated and Vermeil has a thinner plating layer meaning it will rub off eventually and expose the base metal.
NO MATTER WHAT TYPE OF JEWELRY IT IS WE STILL SUGGEST YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR PIECES TO REMOVE ANY BUILT UP DIRT THAT CAN EFFECT THE SHINE OF YOUR JEWELRY.
Lets break it down:
Gold filled Jewelry
The product is easy to care for and will usually maintain its golden color for a long time.
Gold-filled is usually constructed in two or three layers. The core metal is jewelers’ brass. A gold alloy is then bonded to one or both surfaces of the brass core with heat and pressure. Unlike plated (aka electroplated or "dipped") metals, Gold-filled is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. This 5% is then described by the karatage of the gold alloy. My Gold-filled items are 14k-18k gold filled.
Gold plated stainless steel
It is great for lots of wear and very water friendly. Stainless steel does not tarnish or rust because of the interaction between its alloying elements and the environment. Gold stainless steel does tend to have a darker tone to it.
Usually thick gold plated over sterling silver. This type of jewelry tends to last longer than plated jewelry. Since the base layer is silver it can tarnish over a long period of time.
This is a light plating over brass. Usually 0.05% or less of the metal product. Gold plating will generally wear off eventually and expose the brass base product. It does not stand up to heat, water or wear over a long period of time. We try to stay away from plated jewelry but when we do have plated items we test them to make sure they are hypoallergenic and last a good time.