Gold Filled jewelry is created by pressure bonding a thick layer of 14k gold over a base metal such as brass or sterling silver. To be called Gold Filled, the gold content must be at least 1/20th the weight of the total piece.
This is what stands Gold Filled apart from Gold Plated. There is not a
minimum gold quantity required in order to be termed Gold Plated. A microscopic layer is sprayed on base metal for gold plated jewelry.
Taking Care of Gold Filled Jewelry
Gold filled jewelry is cared for in the same manner as other precious jewelry. The absolutely best thing you can do for your Gold Filled jewelry is to clean regularly using a little bit of warm water, and a soft cloth to dry and shine after. Many chemicals marketed for cleaning jewelry are actually somewhat abrasive or corrosive and can cause some damage or color alteration to your jewelry. The best way to avoid this is to keep it simple. Warm water and a soft cloth are the best thing you can do to maintain the beauty of your jewelry.
To shine, use the white polish pad included with your order.
How long will my Gold Filled jewelry last?
Under normal wearing conditions, and with proper care, your gold filled jewelry can last a lifetime. It does not chip or peel easily as gold plated jewelry does. Heavy wear and rough conditions will of course impact how your jewelry looks. This is true no matter what your jewelry is made of.
Gold filled jewelry is tarnish resistant, meaning if will tarnish at a much slower rate with proper care. The same applies to all jewelry. Care is absolutely critical to the longevity of your pieces.
Things to avoid with your jewelry
To maintain the beauty of your jewelry, whether it is gold filled or solid gold, salt water, chlorine (swimming pools) and all heavy detergents and cleaning agents should be avoided.