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Article: What Is Gold Vermeil?

What Is Gold Vermeil?

What Is Gold Vermeil?

Gold vermeil is a type of jewellery finish that has gained popularity in recent years. It is a combination of gold and other metals, typically silver or copper, that is used to create a layer of gold over a base metal. The resulting piece of jewellery has a warm, luxurious look that is similar to solid gold, but at a more affordable price point.

Gold vermeil is created by applying a thicker layer of gold, typically 2.5 microns or more, onto a base metal using a different process. At Leonessa Gold, all or gold vermeil pieces use 925 Sterling Silver as the base mental. The layer of gold is applied using a technique called electrolysis. This creates a much thicker layer of gold than can be achieved with gold plating, which means that the finish is more durable and longer-lasting.

Gold vermeil is often compared to gold plating, but there are significant differences between the two finishes. Gold plating is a process that involves applying a thin layer of gold to a base metal using an electroplating process. The layer of gold can be as thin as a few microns, which means it won't last as long as gold vermeil. 

Another important difference between gold vermeil and gold plating is the type of gold that is used. Gold plating can be made with different types of gold, including 10k, 14k, or 18k gold, which have varying levels of purity. In contrast, gold vermeil is typically made with 18k or 24k gold, which is a higher purity than is typically used in gold plating. This means that gold vermeil has a richer, more lustrous finish than gold plating.

One of the benefits of gold vermeil is that it is more affordable than solid gold, while still offering a similar look and feel. Gold vermeil jewellery is a great option if you want to invest in high-quality jewellery without breaking the bank.

It is also a good choice for those with sensitive skin, as the base metal is typically hypoallergenic, and the thicker layer of gold means that the skin is less likely to come into contact with the base metal.

Make sure you check out our gorgeous gold vermeil piece!

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