Difference between Gold Filled and Gold Plated.

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Difference between Gold Filled and Gold Plated.
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Gold Filled vs Gold Plated.

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Pure gold is 24K and is so soft that is it impossible to utilize it in wire wrap jewelry.

14/20 wire or 1/20 Rolled gold wire is created by taking a sheet of 14K Gold and bonding it through extreme heat and pressure to a core of semi-precious metal (brass). This is a very sophisticated process and only a few mills in the world do it.

You should not mistake this process for GOLD PLATING. There is a very big difference. The end result is a 14K tube which is strong, durable, and resistant to tarnish because of its 14K gold covering.

By law this layer of karated gold has to be at least 1/20 of the total weight of the metal portion of the piece of jewelry.

There is no legal requirement for the amount of gold that is ‘plated’ over the base metal.

There are collections of old gold-filled wire jewelry pieces with dates on them from the early 1900's that are still in excellent shape! They used this metal much more in the 30's and 40's to make watch bands, cameo settings, well, it was used to make just about everything. Today there are very few jewelry items made with this metal commercially. Usually they are done in a very inferior gold plate to keep the costs down.

The finished product thus has a surface layer of gold of the appropriate karat weight which is very thick compared to gold plate, gold electroplate or rolled gold plate. The quantity of gold must be at least 1/20th by weight of the total product. This is commonly marked as 14/20, 12/20 or 10/20, which mean receptively 1/20th by weight 14K gold-filled, 12K gold-filled, etc.

There is 100 times more gold in 14K Gold filled (rolled gold) than in gold plate. 
A 14/20 Gold Filled piece is usually considered a lifetime piece of jewelry.
Beware of the difference!

A 14K Gold filled material carries over a 10% cost increase over 12K material.


How to take care of Gold Filled jewelry:


Gold filled jewelry unlike gold plated jewelry can be polished and cleaned with jewelry cleaner. The layer of gold will not rub off or wear out. Please note: before you start cleaning or polishing make sure other components (stones or beads) of your pieace can be cleaned with the same solution!


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This ring has been made with 14K gold filled wire by M.Shafran


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