What Makes our Gold Vermeil jewels better than Gold Filled?

June 06, 2023 3 min read

We make 18k gold vermeil (said verm-may) jewellery which is a French plating method involving a sterling silver base with a palladium barrier and a high quality, 18k gold vermeil of at least 2 microns, however, in our rings we use 3 microns  plus an extra e-coat layer. This is so that they last much longer, since our hands are usually in contact with everything and constantly moving. plus an extra e-coat layer.

To further ensure longevity of our jewels the Palladium barrier protects the sterling silver and the gold vermeil, preventing any chemical reactions or tarnishing occurring. Palladium is a highly durable and corrosion-resistant metal that is hypoallergenic, making it an ideal choice for jewellery making. Other styles of gold plating and in particular gold filled uses metals such as copper and brass as their base. Brass is low quality and 300 times cheaper than silver and it can easily get oxidised, it weighs less than silver and can cause skin allergies because it contains 40% zinc. Jewels with these base metals are susceptible to dulling and the gold layer is much more likely to wear off. When looking at jewellery, it's imperative that you consider the quality of the base metal, as the best choice is always sterling silver. Our jewels are durable, with a beautiful golden tone that remains for many years. 


When cleaning your 18k gold vermeil, we recommend gently polishing it with a soft, microfiber cloth. It’s important to note that this type of cloth is different to the ones you use on your silver jewels. These styles can be too harsh for the gold vermeil and cause dulling, discolouration and premature ageing. 

If your jewels need a deeper clean, you can combine liquid soap and warm water to make a solution. Then allow your gold vermeil to soak in this for 5 minutes. After removing your jewels, rinse with water then use a gentle cloth to wipe them down to dry them well. To ensure your gold vermeil is long lasting you should avoid chemicals when wearing them. Things that can be particularly damaging (but not exclusively) are Chlorinated pools and spas, zinc based sunscreens, perfumes and hair dye. Your jewellery should be the last thing you put on.

All our jewels are made from high quality metals and we are constantly striving to be more ethical and environmental in how we source and construct our pieces.  Every style of jewellery we share with you is sensitive and suitable for all skin types. We pride ourselves in creating jewels that are crafted with intention and designed to last. Our production partner is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council. Together we are aspiring to comply with the UN Sustainability Development Goals, looking after both people and the planet. Our jewels are made from 70% recycled silver and gold and we are actively striving towards becoming climate neutral by 2030. We are small batch producers, which means our jewels are all hand-crafted in limited batches. This is one of the many ways we are looking after our planet to eliminate waste.

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All of our silver jewels are made from high quality 0.925 sterling silver and don't contain lead or nickel. Sterling silver naturally oxidises over time hence why it’s important to use a silver polishing cloth to clean your jewellery regularly. We recommend that you keep your sterling silver away from chemicals - perfumes, skincare products, zinc based sunscreens and chlorinated pools and spas to avoid damaging them. Putting your jewellery on should be the last thing you do when getting ready!

Keeping your jewels shiny and looking their best, you should use a silver polishing cloth frequently, like this one here! We suggest that you avoid adding solutions or other products to give your jewels a deeper cleanse as it could lead to oxidisation and subsequently damaging your sterling silver.

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