Gold Vermeil vs Gold Plated
At Otiumberg we choose to craft our statement pieces in gold vermeil rather than gold plating them. While the finished may look similar, there are distinct differences between them in terms of materials, thickness, and longevity. Here's a breakdown of the main differences:
1. Base Metal: Gold vermeil jewellery has a sterling silver base. Sterling silver is an alloy composed of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. Gold-plated jewellery, on the other hand, can have various poor quality base metals, such as brass, copper, or nickel.
2. Gold Layer Thickness: Gold vermeil jewellery has a thicker layer of gold than gold-plated jewellery. To be considered vermeil, the gold layer must be at least 2.5 microns (approximately 0.1 mils) thick. Gold-plated jewellery typically has a thinner layer of gold, ranging from 0.5 to 2.5 microns.
3. Gold Purity: Vermeil jewellery requires a minimum gold purity of 10 karats. Gold-plated jewellery can have varying gold purity levels, ranging from 10 karats to 24 karats.
4. Durability and Longevity: Gold vermeil jewellery is more durable and longer-lasting. The thicker gold layer on vermeil jewellery provides better protection against wear and tarnishing.