Gold Vermeil? Everything You Need To Know

Gold Vermeil? Everything You Need To Know

Gold vermeil (pronounced ver-may) is an affordable alternative to solid gold. Vermeil pieces start out as sterling silver, then an extra thick layer of real gold (five times thicker than gold-plating) is coated over the top to give it long-lasting quality. The benefits of gold vermeil include its longevity, low price and high quality; it’s what we like to call affordable luxury and means you can wear your favourite piece on repeat. In a nutshell, it’s the design and durability you love without the solid gold price tag.

Gold Plated vs Gold Vermeil: What is the difference?

Gold plated jewelry involves a base metal, such as brass, which is coated with a thin layer of gold. The gold layer used in gold plated jewelry is typically less than 1 micron thick, making it more affordable but less durable compared to gold vermeil.  

Of course, this doesn’t take away from the value of gold-plated jewelry. It’s a fabulous option if you are buying for fashion as it looks great but doesn’t cost the earth. We believe it’s great to have options suited to every budget and style. You may want to spend more on a vermeil or solid gold piece that you know you’ll keep in your jewelry box forever and spend less on jewelry that you know is more of a trend that may come and go over the years and won’t be worn day in, day out.

Does gold vermeil tarnish or wear off? Is it waterproof?

Water does not have any immediate short effects on vermeil, so an occasional shower with it on causes no harm. Does it tarnish? Short answer is yes; gold vermeil can wear off after heavy use; however, with proper care, the plating layer can last for many years because it is so thick. It is considered resistant and durable, with typical wear and use although the metal can naturally start to fade over time; but don’t expect this to happen anytime soon with proper care. 

How do I take care of vermeil?

We always recommend cleaning your jewelry carefully with a soft, non-abrasive and lint-free cloth. If necessary, you can use a mild washing up liquid with warm water and a soft toothbrush, then rinse with clean water and pat dry with a soft cloth. Avoid using ‘dip’ polish or abrasive jewelry cleaners as these contain harsh chemicals and can destroy your jewelry over time.

Always ensure your jewelry is completely dry before storing or wearing it. While your pieces may look incredible with your poolside outfits, you should remove them before activities such as swimming, showering, or exercising, as exposure to moisture and sweat can accelerate tarnishing. 

To prevent scratching and tangling, store each piece of gold vermeil jewelry separately in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight. Gold vermeil jewelry can also be re-plated. 

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