How is Gold Vermeil Different from Gold-Filled Jewellery?

by Jennifer Wise Executive
People love wearing and purchasing gold jewellery. However, not every gold-looking piece of jewellery is of real gold. There are a lot of varieties, and this article discusses two gold pieces of jewellery - gold vermeil and gold filled that often confuse people. 

What is Gold Vermeil Jewellery?

Gold vermeil is a term used for jewellery with sterling silver as the base metal and a covering/layer of real gold with a minimum thickness of 2.5 microns. The composition of gold vermeil jewellery makes it durable, long-lasting, and of better quality than gold-plated jewellery.

The pieces of gold vermeil jewellery not only look beautiful but are also affordable as compared to real gold. It is also perfect as a gifting option.

What is Gold-Filled Jewellery?

Gold-filled jewellery generally has brass as its base metal covered by a layer of real gold. In this case, the jewellery’s layer is measured by weight instead of thickness, and to qualify as gold-filled jewellery, the gold should weigh a minimum of 1/20th of the item’s weight. The gold-filled jewellery is more durable and can withstand wear and tear and tarnishing.

Gold-Filled Vs Gold Vermeil Jewellery

Versatility and Aesthetic

Coming to the aesthetic and versatility aspects of gold-filled and gold vermeil jewellery, there’s basically no difference. Both types of jewellery look elegant at an affordable price. Moreover, they are available in various styles, from classic to contemporary, to complement your outfit best. 

Longevity and Durability

When choosing jewellery, it is very important to consider the durability. Because of its mechanical bonding process, gold-filled jewellery offers excellent durability and is less likely to lose its shine/form. Like gold-filled jewellery, gold vermeil is also very durable; however, it demands more care to maintain its shine. With proper care and maintenance, both these jewelleries can last for years. 


Cost is one of the most critical factors for many people buying jewellery. When it comes to gold-filled and vermeil jewellery, the former is a bit more expensive than the latter since it has gold in larger quantities. However, both options are excellent for anyone wanting to enjoy the elegance of gold without actually investing in it.

Care and Maintenance

Both types of gold jewellery need care and maintenance. While you should not expose vermeil to excessive chemicals and water, gold-filled can handle it because of the bonding process.

At the end…

The choice is yours! Gold-filled and gold vermeil jewellery are both different and similar to each other in several ways. Moreover, both of them are elegant and budget-friendly. So, the final call of purchasing one depends on your personal preference and a lot of factors that matter to you!

The product information mentioned in this article is both accurate and up-to-date, some information may be subject to change.

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