Gold-filled jewelry is a piece of gold jewelry that has been "filled" with a thickness of another metal like copper or nickel. It is a type of jewelry where a piece of gold-filled metal is bonded with a non-precious metal, like copper, nickel, etc., to form one piece of jewelry.
This jewelry is a cheaper version of gold because the gold is bonded on the surface of the jewelry with another metal. This means it's not 100% gold; however, it is the best option if you want an affordable alternative to solid gold.
How Is Gold-Filled Jewelry Made?
Gold-filled jewelry is made by adding a layer of karat gold onto another metal, such as copper or nickel, through pressure and heat. The result is a sandwich of karat gold and secondary metal, creating a durable jewelry surface.
Metal sheets are placed into a special press where intense temperatures are applied. The metal is then crushed under extreme pressure, which applies the gold to the sheet's surface. The sheets are then cleaned to make the gold visible, cut into jewelry pieces, and finished.
How to Clean a Gold-Filled Jewelry?
While gold-filled jewelry is durable, it can eventually become tarnished over time due to conditions such as sweat. In such cases here are three ways to clean the jewelry
- Use a soft cloth to wipe away dirt and grime
- Use a soft toothbrush to scrub away tough stains
- Tumbler machine. These include using a stainless-steel shot to polish the gold-filled creation without removing the gold layer.
However, using chemical cleaners may damage the surface of the jewelry. Consecutively, use clean water that is free of debris and minerals which may build-up damaging or scratching the surface of the jewelry over time.
Why Is Gold-Filled Better Than Gold-Plated Jewelry?
Gold-plated jewelry is much less expensive than solid gold jewelry, but also less durable. The layer of electro-plate on the surface of the jewelry will eventually wear off, leaving the base metal underneath.
Gold-filled jewelry, on the other hand, is much more durable due to the sandwich construction. The karat gold in the middle of the sandwich is incredibly durable, making the entire piece much sturdier and more long-lasting.
While gold-filled jewelry isn't as shiny as solid gold, it has a more attractive price tag. It's also an excellent option for people who want to wear gold but have sensitive skin.