What Does "Gold Filled" Mean?




18k gold filled children's huggie earringsWhat does "gold filled" mean?

We notice several of the main jewellery stores are now stocking "gold filled" items of jewellery and now, so are we. It has proven popular for a couple of reasons: a) It looks just like gold and b) is without the price tag of real gold.

So what does "gold filled" really mean. For a simple explanation I went to Wikipedia and here's what it said:

"Gold-filled jewelry is composed of a solid layer of gold, which must constitute at least 5% of the item's total weight, mechanically bonded to sterling silver or a base metal. The related terms "rolled gold plate" and "gold overlay" may be used if the layer of gold constitutes less than 5% of the item's weight."

How is this different to "gold plated?" An item of jewellery that's gold plated has often undergone an electroplating process whereby the finest layer of actual gold is used. Being such a fine layer, with constant wear, the gold can actually wear off. Though gold plating looks almost as good as gold filled, the amount of gold used is vastly different therefore the cost of a gold plated item is going to be lower than a gold filled item.

Currently we stock a wide range of 18k gold baby and children's earrings and one children's necklace with matching earrings and ring.  We hope to add some gold filled baby bangles and children's bracelets in the near future.  18k gold filled baby huggie earrings

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