❥Gold filled (G/F) is composed of a 14k solid layer of real gold (5% gold) mechanically bonded to a base metal (brass or copper). 1/20th of the weight is real gold and has more real gold than “Gold Plated” Jewellery. With proper care, it is durable and tarnish free as solid gold. G/F is one of the most valuable and tarnish resistant processes for creating gold jewellery. If properly cared for, your G/F jewellery can last for a lifetime and is an economical alternative to solid gold. ❥
❥Solid Gold Jewelryis a piece of jewelry made entirely of gold. It’s the most expensive and durable among the other types of fine gold jewelry. Solid gold items can be either 10K, 14K, 18K, or 24K dipped on base metals such as iron, nickel, copper, brass and titanium. Karats (K) are percentages of actual gold in the jewelry piece. Fine jewelry from European manufacturers use a different numbering system than karats such as 417, 585, 750 and 999 for pure gold. These numbers are referred to as the "fineness" and they represent the percentages of gold content in the alloy.
Solid Gold %
10k = 41.7% gold
14k= 58.30% gold
18k= 75% gold
22k= 91.7% gold
24k= 100% gold
❥Gold plating is a process where a thin layer of real gold (0.05% gold) is bonded onto a base metal after it is dipped in a thin layer of high-quality nickel. This is to protect the gold layer from being impacted by the base metal. Gold plating can range in thickness between .17 to 2.5 microns. Plating with a thickness of around .17 is called gold electroplated or gold wash/flashed. This process was invented by an Italian chemist, Luigi Brugnatelli in 1805, the first person to plate a thin coat of gold onto silver.