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Everything You Need To Know About Gold Vermeil

We believe jewellery can be sentimental, worn daily & last for all life's special moments for years to come. This is why we source & work with only precious metals to offer the highest quality pieces of jewellery. We have been working with gold vermeil for many years now, & love that this composition offers our community accessibly priced jewellery that can be worn daily without tarnishing.  

How do you pronounce vermeil? 

Gold vermeil is pronounced like ver-may. 

What is gold vermeil?

Not to be confused with gold plating. The composition of gold vermeil includes a base metal of 925 sterling silver, with a thick layer of solid gold electroplated over sterling silver. The karat of the solid gold must be between 10-24k, & the gold thickness must be no lower than 2.5 microns. This offers a very thick layer of solid gold that will not 'rub off'. We choose to work with 14k solid gold, as it offers a beautiful rose, light-coloured gold, rather than a brassy, yellow gold you may see reflected in higher karat pieces of jewellery. Did you know: our signature soft toned yellow gold took us over 12 months to perfect! 

Why choose gold vermeil
  • These pieces will offer you a high-quality piece of jewellery at an affordable price point.
  • Longer lasting product that is a benchmark in quality.
  • 5 x thicker layer of gold than most gold plated jewellery.
  • A more affordable alternative for those who don’t want to splurge on solid gold but are still after a premium product.
  • Hypoallergenic & Nickel Free.
  • Generally will last for years when cared for as per our guidelines.
  • Tends to look more like solid gold.
  • Better investment than standard gold-plated jewellery.
  • Won’t discolour your skin.


 Can I wear gold vermeil everyday?

 Yes, you certainly can! Our jewellery is crafted with the highest quality precious metals so you are able to enjoy your pieces everyday. 

 Is it real/solid gold?

Gold vermeil is crafted with 14k (real/solid) gold with a thickness of 2.5 microns on a base of 925 Sterling Silver.

How do I clean gold vermeil?

We recommend using a gentle polishing cloth on your gold vermeil pieces, ensuring it is clean and dry. Simply rub your piece in one direction, wiping away any dirt.

Is gold vermeil hypoallergenic?

Yes! As gold vermeil is made up of only precious metals it is hypoallergenic & should not react with your skin.  

Will gold vermeil tarnish?

 We love our jewellery to tell a story, & gather imperfections with age. Though our pieces will not tarnish, overtime your pieces may oxidise slightly with air pollutants, beauty products or water. 

Is gold vermeil better than plated jewellery? 

 Gold plated jewellery usually includes a base metal of brass or copper, which is a cheap metal to purchase & can react with your skin. Plated jewellery also has a very thin layer of gold plated over it, causing it to degrade & wear very quick. Therefore gold vermeil may have a high price point than plated jewellery, if you are looking for long-lasting piece, it is a better option. 

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