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 plated has a thinner plating layer meaning it will rub off a lot quicker and expose the base metal. 

 

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. 

 

Plated Jewelry

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.