Gold Vermeil 101

We’ve been getting a ton of questions about our new material offerings, so here is a short FAQ about gold vermeil jewelry. Vermeil (pronounced 'ver-may') is a centuries-old metal that has become favored among top jewelry designers worldwide for its high quality, yet still budget-friendly price tag. Vermeil jewelry is the perfect choice if you love gold but want something more accessible in terms of cost. So after this short description, you might still be left wondering “is gold vermeil for me?” Worry not, because we’ve outlined everything you need to know below.

Will my gold vermeil jewelry tarnish?

No, typically. Gold vermeil is the highest quality and longest-lasting option aside from solid gold. With typical use and wear, it won't tarnish very much because of the thickness of gold covering it. Gold vermeil suits people who are looking for something better than sterling silver without paying top dollar prices.

Is gold vermeil real Gold?

Yes! Vermeil is real gold (at least 10 karat gold) plated over a base layer of Sterling Silver. Solid or real gold can be from 10-24 Karats but the types typically used for jewelry are 14K and 18K Gold. Gold vermeil jewelry is most often made with 18KGold vermeil or 14K Gold vermeil.

Is gold vermeil the same as gold plated?

Gold vermeil is a type of gold-plated jewelry. However, it does not share all the same qualities as gold plating. To know about both forms, one must first understand what gold plating entails. In layman's terms, gold plating refers to any form of jewelry that has been coated in gold - but there isn't any common agreed-upon thickness level for how much metal coating constitutes gold. On the contrary, Gold Vermeil jewelry has an official legal definition under US law. Gold vermeil typically lasts longer and is less likely to fade or tarnish; whereas gold plated jewelry, which does not have an industry standard for thickness, is known to tarnish and has a shorter life span.

Is vermeil hypoallergenic?

Yes! One of the great features of vermeil jewelry is that it's hypoallergenic. It's composed solely of precious metals so many people will have no reaction or issues with this type of jewelry. Still unsure about gold vermeil? Check out our New Arrivals for gorgeous, trendy pieces that'll shine forever and won't break the bank. 

Written by Metav Djemal
Published on August 28, 2022


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