What is Gold Filled Jewelry?


When deciding on gold jewelry there are always many different terms that come up.  The most popular are Pure Gold, Solid Gold, Gold Filled, and Gold Plated.  It is important to know the differences between these when making your gold jewelry purchase. 


Gold purity is measured in Karats (k) with 24k being pure gold. But no one wears pure gold jewelry as it is impractically too soft, so it is alloyed with other metals like zinc, silver, copper or nickel to give it strength, durability and color.  Solid gold is the term then used for jewelry with anything greater than 10 karats. Solid gold jewelry is typically offered in 14k and 18k purity and is an exquisite piece of jewelry.


Gold filled is the next level of gold jewelry and is a wonderful and quality alternative to solid gold. Gold filled is an actual layer of gold, pressure bonded to another metal.  Gold filled is not to be confused with gold plating as gold filled literally has 100% more gold than gold plating.  Gold filled is much more valuable and tarnish resistant.  It does not flake off, rub off or turn colors. 


Gold-filled items are generally considered lifetime products, and the gold layer will not wear off, as it will in electroplated products.  Gold filled jewelry offers all the same characteristics as solid gold such as strength, durability and beauty, but at a fraction of the cost!