Vermeil is the perfect option for one who wants jewelry that looks like pure gold, without the price, as it is an affordable alternative, resulting in the same appearance. For metal to be considered vermeil the base of the metal must be sterling silver, with coated gold of at least 10 karats. How many microns are in vermeil? The thickness of the gold coat should consist of a minimum of 2.5 microns. You may also find gold vermeil in Hamilton gold, rose-gold, and more.
As mentioned, gold vermeil must fit the three criteria of sterling silver, gold karats, and the thickness of the plating, otherwise it is considered to be gold plated. The biggest difference between vermeil and gold-plated items is in the metals that make up their base. The core of gold-plated items can be made of different metals, while vermeil must be always made with silver. Gold-plated items do not have any specific requirements for how thick the gold should be. Vermeil pieces are more expensive than gold-plated ones and can be more or less durable than a gold-plated piece based on the gold used to plate each item.
The durability of a gold vermeil piece relies on the thickness of the gold plating. The thicker the gold plating, the longer your jewelry piece will last. As well, the purity of the vermeil also plays a factor. The higher the purity of gold, the less likely it will become damaged. If you would like to purchase pieces that will last a lifetime, it is recommended to purchase 14k or 18k. It is recommended to upkeep a cleaning routine with your vermeil jewelry, to prevent any tarnishing.
Specific metals such as copper, chromium, and nickel are the typical metals that are known to cause allergic reactions amongst individuals. This is not such a concern with gold vermeil as it usually only contains gold and silver. All our products at MyNameNecklace are nickel-free.
Will vermeil tarnish or turn green? With the right maintenance, gold vermeil can be kept in amazing form for years to come. When you are not wearing your jewelry, it is recommended to store it in a jewelry box, to prevent any oxidization. Never use chemicals to clean the jewelry such as washing liquid and makeup, as well as wiping with coarse fabrics. It is recommended to use a microfiber cloth to softly wipe your jewelry with warm soap water.
It is key to avoid having your gold vermeil near any type of heat, to keep from damaging it. This includes water and sweat (washing your hands, showering, and exercising). Your vermeil jewelry should be kept in a dark, cool, and dry place.
You may find gold vermeil in many jewelry stores in-store and online. Here at MyNameNecklace we have a wide variation of gold vermeil jewelry, such as necklaces and bracelets. Our favorite choices are our Engraved 3D Bar Necklace in Gold Vermeil, making for a perfect gift for a loved one. Our Bangle Bracelet with Heart Shape Pendants in Gold Vermeil, is a piece to cherish and celebrate your happiest memories. And the Signature Style Name Necklace in Gold Vermeil is a piece that will complement your everyday style.
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