You Ask, We Listen: All your Gold Vermeil questions answered.
One of the questions we get most frequently asked is: " what is gold vermeil, what is the difference with gold plated, and how long will it last? " Today, we'll break down to you what the terms "gold vermeil" and "gold plated" mean, what are the differences and how you can take care of your gold vermeil jewellery.
What is Gold Vermeil?
Gold Vermeil, also known as gold gilt, is a legally regulated term that refers to a certain kind of quality jewellery. To call a piece of jewellery "vermeil" it has to meet all 3 conditions below:
- Have a nickel-free sterling silver material base. Sterling silver is an alloy made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other materials.
- Be plated in 10ct gold at least. All our gold vermeil pieces are plated in 18ct gold, This means that gold is at 75% pure gold content.
- Have gold plating that is at least 1.5 micron. A micron is 1/1000th of a millimetre.
All vermeil jewellery is made by first creating the base of the item out of sterling silver and then plating it with a layer of gold. This process is called "electroplating" or electrolysis". We then add a special Vernis base that ensures that the plating will last longer and keep the piece shiny.