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5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Buying Gold Filled Jewelry

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Buying Gold Filled Jewelry

04 Aug 2016
Offering a superior quality over gold plated jewelry, gold filled jewelry is the next best thing to solid gold. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider adding gold filled jewelry to your collection.
Have you always wanted to buy solid gold jewelry but could never afford the price tag that comes with it? If so, then gold filled jewelry may be the perfect compromise for you. The two main types of gold jewelry you may have seen are gold plated products and gold filled products. Although similar sounding, they are quite different. Knowing these differences will allow you to make more informed purchasing decisions and ensure that you are getting value for your money when buying jewelry.

What is gold filled jewelry?

Let's start by explaining what exactly gold filled jewelry is. When something is said to be gold filled it means it has a thick sheet of gold that is bonded to a base metal which is 50 to 100,000 times thicker than the sheet of gold used in gold plated products. For something to be considered gold filled, the product must have a gold content of at least 1/20th of the total weight of the item. Now that you have a general overview of what gold filled jewelry is, let's take a look at some of the advantages it comes with.

1. It lasts a lifetime without fading or tarnishing

Since gold filled products are created by physically bonding a thick sheet to the base metal using heat, it creates a very durable product that will last. If taken care of properly, gold filled jewelry pieces can last a lifetime without fading. This means that your jewelry will maintain its gold colour without fading and exposing its base metal. This contrasts gold plated products which can tarnish and expose the base metal in as quick as a week after purchasing.

2. It's affordable

This is probably the best thing about gold filled jewelry - it's affordable. It comes with all the benefits of real gold, yet at a fraction of the cost. For instance, this girls charm bracelet made with rose gold filled beads retails at $79 USD and would easily retail for over $600 USD if it were made with real 14K gold based on today's price of gold. However gold filled products are a little more expensive than gold plated products, but the advantages definitely justify the extra cost.

3. It contains 100% more gold than gold plated products

Yes, you heard that correctly. Gold filled jewelry literally contains 100% more gold than gold plated jewelry. It is required and regulated for gold filled products that 5% of the item's total weight must be gold. Gold plated products however contain a minimal amount of gold which explains why these pieces fade so easily.

4. It looks exactly like real gold

Since gold filled jewelry consists of a thick outer layer of gold, its appearance looks just like real gold. The same is true for rose gold filled jewelry in which copper is added to create a pinkish colour. You may have noticed that gold plated products don't look exactly like real gold, which is due to the minimal amount of gold used.

5. It's regulated by the government

Unlike gold plated products which have no regulations at all, the production of gold filled products are regulated by the government. If the product does not consist of 5% gold by weight, then it will legally not be allowed to be classified as "gold filled jewelry". This regulation ensures that you are getting value for your money when buying gold filled products.

Now that you know some of the benefits of gold filled jewelry, look around and see what styles you like! However, make sure that the seller clearly identifies the product as being "gold filled" before purchasing! 

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