Gold filled jewellery is made using a different process to electroplating, where a thick layer of 14k solid gold is bonded to a nickel and lead free brass base using heat and pressure. The gold content should be at least 5% of the weight of the piece. This gives it a more durable finish than standard gold plating and water resistant in fresh water. The thick gold layer also makes it hypoallergenic and suitable for most people to wear.
Gold Vermeil Plating
Our 14k Gold Vermeil offers a much thicker and longer lasting plating compared to standard gold plating. To be classified as Gold Vermeil, jewellery must be electroplated with a minimum of 2.5 microns of gold onto a base of sterling silver. This makes it 5 times thicker than standard gold plating which should be a minimum of 0.5 microns of gold over the base metal. Many jewellery brands only use standard gold plating as it is much cheaper to produce. The sterling silver base makes gold vermeil jewellery hypoallergenic.
We also apply a tarnish resistant protective layer over the top of all our jewellery to further protect the plating. All our metals are nickel and lead free to jewellery standard.
Jewellery Care Instructions
We want you to enjoy your Lotus and Luxe Jewellery for as long as possible so we recommend the following care instructions listed below.
- Our 925 Sterling silver is hypoallergenic and perfect for those who want to wear their pieces every day! All sterling silver will naturally oxidise over time however it is less likely to tarnish if it is worn.
- To clean your sterling silver piece simply polish with a silver polishing cloth, or dip it in a gentle silver cleaning solution, rinse in water and dry thoroughly. When not worn sterling silver should be stored in a airtight, cool, dry place.
- We do not recommend storing your sterling silver Jewellery in the boxes they are sent in. They are for shipping purposes only and may cause premature tarnishing of the silver.
Gold Filled and Gold Vermeil JewelleryWe pride ourselves on offering high quality gold finishes for the best possible prices. However (as with all plated Jewellery, despite what some may tell you) care is still required if you want to maintain the gold finish for as long as possible.
- We do not recommend wearing your gold vermeil/gold filled jewellery in the water. Although plain water is much less harmful, salt water, chlorinated pools, soaps and shampoos etc can be quite corrosive and will lessen the life of your jewellery. Occasional contact with pure water will not harm your piece however we advise you to dry it immediately after it is exposed to water.
Avoid your gold plated jewellery coming into contact with perfume or lotions. The chemicals may react with the plating and cause it to wear off prematurely.
To clean your jewellery, wash in soapy water, rinse and buff gently with a soft clean cloth. Do not use chemically treated jewellery cloths on your gold vermeil/gold filled jewellery. They are designed for solid gold and silver jewellery and will wear down the protective layer and plating on your pieces.
Wear in gold plating is not considered a manufacturing fault. The length of time that plating will last varies to each individual.
Store in a cool, dry place.