Do You Know the Difference Between Gold-Filled and Gold-Plated?

I never knew the difference between gold-filled and gold-plated until I started making sea glass jewelry.  Come to find out, gold-filled is much more valuable!

 Gold-filled jewelry has a much thicker layer of gold (it has to be 1/20th of the weight of the piece).  The gold is applied through a mechanical process of bonding and heating.  Gold-filled jewelry is less prone to tarnishing.

I absolutely LOVE the look of a perfect piece of sea glass hanging from a beautiful gold-filled chain.  Coastal Charms uses only gold-filled chains for our sea glass jewelry.

Gold-plated jewelry is less expensive, because there is only a very thin film of gold on the piece.  It is a base metal which after several processes is dipped into a solution that contains gold.  An electric current is applied and the reaction causes gold to be deposited.  Gold-plated is more prone to tarnishing and easier to rub off.

Always put on your sea glass jewelry AFTER applying lotions, perfumes, hair sprays, etc... and they have had a chance to be absorbed by the skin.  These chemicals can alter your jewelry.

If you wipe your jewelry with a soft cloth before storing, and you keep it away from chemicals, it should last a long time!

 


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