What is gold vermeil?
Gold vermeil (pronounced ver-may) is a high-quality form of gold plating in which a thick layer of gold (more than 2.5 microns and is usually between 14k – 22k gold) is coated upon sterling silver.
The history of gold vermeil…
Gold vermeil is a technique of gold plating that was originally developed in France in the 18th century. During this period, the majority of large objects produced by goldsmiths featured gold vermeil and today gold vermeil is used in many of the Crown Jewels, Olympic gold medals and contemporary jewellery too.
Does gold vermeil tarnish?
All of our gold vermeil jewellery features an 18k gold vermeil plating which may dull slightly over time when coming into contact with lotions and perfume. To restore your gold vermeil, we recommend using a gold polishing cloth, alternatively, use a microfibre cloth such as the one you would clean a tv screen or a pair of glasses will help to significantly brighten the appearance of your gold vermeil jewellery.
Why use gold vermeil?
Gold vermeil allows the jeweller to create beautiful gold jewellery designs without the expense of using solid gold. Gold vermeil jewellery is crafted using precious metals so it gives the wearer the option of wearing gold jewellery at a much lower cost than solid gold.
How do I care for my gold vermeil jewellery?
Taking good care of your gold vermeil jewellery will ensure it preserves the longevity of the piece. Make sure to store it in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. We would also recommend that you remove your gold vermeil jewellery when bathing or applying perfume as this can cause it to have a dull sheen or in rare cases can cause the gold plating to wear off more quickly.
Gold vermeil plating thickness
Gold vermeil has a thickness of gold over 2.5 microns.
Most costume and fashion jewellery are flash gold plated, which is well below 1 micron in thickness and is therefore not considered to be gold vermeil. Flash gold plated jewellery tends to be made with base metal instead of silver which can cause the jewellery to turn green or black relatively quickly, this is a very cheap way of creating gold plated jewellery.
For all of our gold jewellery, we use a thickness of 3 microns of gold, plated on sterling silver which provides a thick coating of gold that is capable of withstanding a busy lifestyle. For our gold vermeil plating, we use 18k gold for its warm colour and durability.
All of our silver jewellery is available in gold vermeil upon request.
Jewellery descriptions will have “gold vermeil’’ or “9ct solid gold”
to determine what they are.