What is Vermeil Jewelry?
(pronounced ver-may) is a superior method of gold plating. The technique, where a silver base is covered with a thick layer of gold, was developed in France in the eighteenth century to prevent silver from tarnishing.
The process involves electroplating the silver by submerging it in a bath and then using an electric current to deposit a layer of gold finishing on top.
Check out this adjustable bamboo style vermeil ring designed by Gallardo & Blane and available from Wolf & Badger
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What finishing can Vermeil Jewelry have?
For the USA market and most of Europe, the layer of gold must be at least 2.5 microns thick. It can have a 10k, 14k, 18k, or 24k finish.
The 14k or 18k options make for the best value.
Check out this dewdrop Agate 14k yellow gold vermeil ring designed by USA-based Azura Jewelry
However, be aware that Canadian legislation requires Vermeil jewelry to have only one micron of gold.
What colors does Vermeil jewelry come in?
Yellow gold is the most popular color for vermeil. But vermeil rings are also made with pink gold.
Check out this large adjustable 22k vermeil pansy cocktail ring designed by Latelita and made in the United Kingdom
Or check out this Vermeil Kiss Me Lips ring dipped in 22k rose gold with multifaceted cubic zirconia stones.
How does normal gold plating compare?
The cheaper brands keep the cost down by selling gold-plated jewelry. The plating is often very thin with as little as 0,05% actual gold. Most of these accessories are made in India or China. The base metal is brass, copper, or a low-value metal with a nickel layer.
The nickel acts as a buffer before the actual plating and can cause allergy problems.
What is the advantage of buying Vermeil jewelry?
It is far less expensive than buying ‘real gold and less expensive than gold-filled items. It is also better quality than gold-plated jewelry as the base metal is silver and the gold layer is more consistent.
Thus many contemporary fashion brands are creating more and more Vermeil jewelry. As it is less expensive to buy it allows consumers to change their jewelry looks more frequently.
Check out this Missoma 18k black onyx recycled gold Vermeil ring
Is Vermeil hypoallergenic?
The sterling silver base means that it is more hypoallergenic than gold-plated jewelry which uses base metal alloys such as zinc or nickel. Even if the gold rubs off with time, silver rarely causes allergies. Thus it is highly improbable that your finger will turn green!
Obviously, the more karats the gold finishing has the better it is.
10k gold involves more alloys than 18k gold.
How long does gold Vermeil last?
The silver base gives this type of jewelry a big advantage. Silver is much harder than gold. If the gold finishing is of good quality and thickness then there is no reason why your jewel can’t last years. After years of use should the gold rub off it can easily be replated.
Does the gold finishing tarnish?
If you treat your vermeil rings like gold jewelry and take off rings when you wash up or clean the house you should not have many problems, especially when wearing the higher caratage. Try and keep your rings dry and wipe them with a soft cloth if necessary.
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Do Top Designer Brands use Silver based gold finishing?
Check out this Bottega Veneta textured 18k gold vermeil ring encrusted with multicolored semi-precious stones
Quality Gold vermeil plating is around 5 times thicker than normal gold plating making it much more long-lasting! Its silver base is hypoallergenic and it is becoming more popular with important fashion as well as top designer brands.
It is more affordable than solid gold but is still a deluxe option.
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