What is gold vermeil?

What is gold vermeil?

I am really excited to have launched a new collection this week, which includes gold vermeil, but what exactly is gold vermeil? Let me explain, I think you will like the sound of it! Gold vermeil is a stunning option that's capturing the hearts of many jewellery aficionados.

Let's begin with the basics: Gold vermeil (pronounced vur-MAY) is a luxurious choice that beautifully merges the allure of gold with the affordability of sterling silver. What sets it apart is its composition—a layer of gold, with a thickness of at least 2.5 microns, carefully plated over sterling silver.

It's more than just 'gold plated' which is a thin layer of gold (0.6 microns) over any old base metal, resulting in a rather icky looking piece of jewellery when the gold wears off, which it will because of the thin coating of gold. Gold vermeil offers a thicker layer that enhances its longevity and durability. This thicker layering ensures a longer-lasting shine, allowing you to cherish your jewellery for years to come.

We produce our gold vermeil in house, using our brand new and fancy gold plating machine, we plate 3 microns of 18ct gold, which is thicker than the standard for gold vermeil. We go to 3 microns for durability and use 18ct gold to create a rich buttery colour.

The result? Dazzling jewellery that exhibits the unmistakable richness of gold while boasting the durability and affordability of sterling silver. 

One of the most appealing aspects of gold vermeil is its accessibility. For those seeking the elegance and prestige associated with gold jewellery without breaking the bank, gold vermeil presents a fantastic option. It exudes sophistication without the hefty price tag, making it an attractive choice for both everyday wear and special occasions. With the value of gold on the up, solid gold, whilst still a must have for some, it comes at a price.

Maintenance-wise, caring for your gold vermeil pieces is relatively simple. To preserve its lustre, avoid exposing your jewellery to harsh chemicals or abrasive materials. Don't wear it swimming or in a hot tub (bad news for all jewellery and some gemstones too), don't wear it to the gym or to tackle the latest DIY project. Use a bit of common sense and follow these rules and you will preserve the gold layer for many years. Gently clean it with a soft, non-abrasive cloth to maintain its brilliance.

In conclusion, gold vermeil is the best of both worlds—a touch of lavishness from the gold layer combined with the resilience of sterling silver. Its affordability, durability, and beautiful colour make it a standout choice for those seeking elegance without a hefty price tag.

So, whether you're adding a touch of sophistication to your daily ensemble or searching for the perfect gift, consider the timeless allure of gold vermeil jewellery and please check out our new gold vermeil pieces HERE.

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