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Goldfilled: What are you and what are you made of?

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

We’re here to help make sense of the chaos, and clarify once and for all - what exactly is goldfilled, what is it made of and is it worth it?

What is it made of?

Gold-filled is a metal used to make jewelry. Basically, it’s gold that has undergone a special process to combine it with ordinary metal like brass or copper. That is, gold-filled is a combination of materials, including gold. This mixture is made at high heat, causing the gold molecule to quite literally merge with the metal molecule (in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, if you will 😍).

What’s the difference between gold-filled and gold-plated?

The gold-filled piece of jewelry is made (of course) with gold-filled material. This is quite different, from a gold-plated jewelry which is usually made from a metal brass that is coated. The coating itself can be quite high quality and durable, depending on the degree of the gold carat and its thickness (for example, our gold-plated jewelry, uses a 24 carat coating of 1 micron thickness which is considered high quality).

How do you take care of jewelry made of gold?

To preserve gold-filled or gold-plated jewelry, it’s best to avoid direct contact with perfumes, creams, soap, salt water and chlorine. It’s also a good idea to remove jewelry before sports activities because of sweat. All of the above can reduce your jewelry’s shine and sparkle. And we wouldn’t want that 😊

How do you keep gold-filled jewelry clean?

You can wipe the jewelry with a soft cloth. Tip for Champions: Soak the jewelry for 3-5 seconds in a silver jewelry cleaner called “Connoisseurs.” You’ll find it in most craft and jewelry stores.

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