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What's the Difference Between Gold Filled and Solid Gold Jewelry?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between gold filled and solid gold jewelry? If so, you're not alone! It can be confusing to understand the differences between the two, especially when it comes to understanding the metal differences. Gold fill jewelry is made by heat- and pressure-bonding a thick layer of karat gold to a brass (or other base metal) core, while solid gold jewelry is made from a higher purity of gold. In this blog post, we'll discuss the differences between gold fill and solid gold jewelry, including their metal differences and advantages.

 difference between 14k gold filled jewelry and pure solid gold jewelry

The Difference in Cost

When it comes to jewelry, solid gold is the most expensive and highest in quality and purity. This is because it is composed of pure gold alloyed with other metals to give it strength and durability. The pure gold content of solid gold jewelry makes it a more expensive choice than other alternatives, such as gold filled jewelry.


Gold filled jewelry, on the other hand, is much more affordable than solid gold jewelry. This is because gold filled jewelry has a thick layer of gold covering a core made up of other metal alloys. This thick layer of gold gives gold filled jewelry the same look as solid gold, but at a fraction of the cost.


The Difference in Quality

When it comes to jewelry, solid gold is the purest and most luxurious option. It's made entirely of gold and can be purchased in various karats, ranging from 14k to 24k. Solid gold jewelry is beautiful, timeless, and most importantly, very durable. However, because of the high cost of gold and the amount used in making a single piece, solid gold jewelry can be quite expensive.


On the other hand, gold-filled jewelry is composed of a base metal that is layered with gold. Gold-filled jewelry is much more affordable than solid gold pieces, but still has the look and feel of solid gold jewelry. While it is not as long-lasting as solid gold pieces, gold-filled jewelry can still last many years with proper care.


The Difference in Care

Caring for your gold filled jewelry is essential for its long lasting luster. Keep your gold filled jewelry as dry as possible and away from humidity in an air-tight plastic bag, as rubbing it against other jewelry can cause it to lose its sheen. Avoid wearing your gold filled jewelry when working out. Clean it with a solution of warm water and detergent-free soap, a soft-bristled brush. When not worn, store your gold pieces in soft cloth bags or the original Sheena Marshall box to help prevent scratches and ensure its long lasting shine.


When it comes to caring for solid gold jewelry, it's pretty durable! When worn regularly, your gold jewelry is exposed to skin oils, perspiration, dust, makeup, and more. To keep its long lasting shine, you should clean your jewelry regularly with a solution of 10-parts warm water and 2-parts dish soap. Use a soft brush to scrub the crevices and rinse with warm water. Gently pat dry with a soft cloth and store away from sunlight in a cool, dry place.


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