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Choosing Between Gold Filled and Gold Vermeil
Choosing Between Gold Filled and Gold Vermeil
Selecting the right materials for your jewelry designs is crucial as it not only impacts the aesthetics of your pieces but also determines their quality and durability. Gold-filled and gold vermeil are two popular options that offer the beauty of gold without the high cost of solid gold. In this article, we'll explore the differences between gold-filled and gold vermeil to help jewelry designers make informed decisions.
Can Gold Filled Jewelry Tarnish?
Can Gold Filled Jewelry Tarnish?
A lot of people think gold-filled jewelry can’t tarnish but on a rare occasion gold-filled jewelry can tarnish or have discoloration due to many different reasons! Gold Filled jewelry has a core metal with a thick layer of 14k gold bonded over it using heat and pressure. Because of this the gold doesn’t fade or rub off as easily as it will for gold-plated jewelry.
Jewelry Wire Basics
Jewelry Wire Basics
There are two main systems for measuring the thickness of jewelry wire: the American Wire Gauge (AWG) system and the Standard Wire Gauge (SWG) system.
Gold Vermeil, Vermeil Style or Gold over Sterling Silver?
Gold Vermeil, Vermeil Style or Gold over Sterling Silver?
Gold vermeil has been increasing in popularity but many consumers and even some sellers often confuse Gold Vermeil with Vermeil Style or gold over sterling silver. Let’s look at differences and gain some insight into how they are marketed in the current jewelry market.
14 Types of Jewelry Clasps
14 Types of Jewelry Clasps
Once you venture into the jewelry world, you will find an abundance of clasps gracing the jewelry items. While you can find yourself confused in such times, fortunately, you need not anymore. Here is a guide to help explain what options are available and how to use them.
Having Uneven Gold Shades in your Gold-plated Piece of Jewelry?
Having Uneven Gold Shades in your Gold-plated Piece of Jewelry?

Most jewelry designers face challenges in getting their jewelry with an even gold color across all their jewelry components. They find that even the simplest jewelry design comes with a variety of gold-plated hues or shades. The question lingering in their minds is, why is this so?

 

First, let us begin by looking at the different colors of gold jewelry. There are various colors since gold jewelry is an alloy of gold mixed with other metal types. For this reason, the alloy composition determines the gold color. We have Yellow Gold that is composed of pure Gold, Silver, Copper, and Zinc. Then, there is White Gold that is composed of Gold and Platinum. In some cases, Nickel and Zinc are added. The third color is Rose Gold that is composed of gold, copper, and silver. Then, the last color is Green Gold that is composed of Gold and Silver, although copper can be added too.

 

You may have already decided on the base plate such as vermeil, jewelry made with silver, and also made a decision on the finishing gold color, let’s say, Yellow Gold 14k, 18k, or 24k. It is important to note that “k” is the percentage of gold in a piece of jewelry and has the most significant impact on Yellow Gold. This is because high gold karat brings rich yellow color to the metal. Nevertheless, you might make your jewelry order. To your surprise, when the consignment arrives, each component comes with a slightly different shade of gold despite having the same Karat gold plating.

 

Back to our first question; why does most gold-plated jewelry come in various shades of gold across the jewelry components? Here are some reasons;

1. Different Manufacturers and the alloy used.

In the jewelry design industry, there are different manufacturers specialized in few jewelry products. Therefore, your supplier is probably sourcing products from different manufacturers who use different alloys to mix their gold.  Besides, not all jewel factories or manufacturers do gold plating in-house. Some hand over to platters or use their co-operating plating company. This can change the final color and appearance of the gold. For example, some companies use more copper than others, which creates a more reddish color, while other manufacturers use more nickel. This creates different color combinations in jewelry.

2. Heat and the manufacturing processes

In the manufacturing process, different techniques are employed to manufacture jewelry. For example, ropes, herringbone or wheat, require different techniques such as flattening, twisting, or linking the gold that can make a piece of jewelry have different colors. Moreover, metal thickness also brings a big difference in quality during plating. Also, gold plating processes can be affected by factors such as the electric current, density of the plating solution, time is taken for jewelry to be soaked in the plating solution, etc.

 

How do we solve the issue of color inconsistency among gold-plated jewelry designs?

 

Some solutions that could come in handy are as follows;

1. Know the product colors and define your quality expectations

Different karats have different colors. Before making any bulk purchases from your supplier, ensure that you know the gold karat amount and color to guide your supplier so that they can comply with precise quality standards. For example, if you order 18k Yellow Gold, make sure to ask your supplier if the gold color will match and set up specifications, which they will inspect before shipping the product to you. Most likely, the order may come in an acceptable color range difference and will not affect the finished product look.

2. Order from Established Brands

Many established brands use their plating company to do another layer of gold plating right after assembling the product. By so doing, the product is given a consistent gold color that covers any imperfection that may have to arise due to soldering, bending, scratching, or assembling.

It is important to note that you will benefit from having a competitive product with an ultra-thick gold plating layer that makes it long-lasting. Stand out from the crowd!

 3. Control color by mixing gold alloys

If there is a slight color difference, the color of gold jewelry can be adjusted using alloys such as Copper, Titanium, or gemstone beads in between to separate your gold elements. This will reduce the color difference and help you avoid any issue of color inconsistency. Ensure you use the right underlayer to avoid base metal leaches or contamination of gold plating tanks.

 

Parting shot

During gold-plating, the purity of the gold used in gold plating produces different colors. The higher the purity, the richer and gold-like the jewelry piece color. However, many suppliers have a challenge in maintaining an even color on their jewelry pieces due to inconsistencies in the manufacturing processes or because supplies are sourced from different manufacturers. To avoid these inconsistencies in gold-plated color jewelry, one can order from established brands and define their quality expectations to ensure consistency in gold-plated jewelry items.

Are you in the United States and are considering using a third-party plating company? Kindly contact us for all your plating needs. We will be happy to refer you to some plating companies we have been working with.

Custom Imprinted Silver Jewelry Polishing Cloths
Custom Imprinted Silver Jewelry Polishing Cloths
For a jewelry company looking out to increase customer loyalty, having a custom imprinted silver jewelry polishing cloth is the smart thing to do. You can improve your customer’s open box experience by giving them the wow experience. How can we make it happen? Easy, put in the custom imprinted silver jewelry polishing cloth inside the box with the silver jewelry in it as a handout! People love good surprises and this can be a great way of making customers happy. In turn, these satisfied customers will reward you with loyalty and authentic marketing since you will have won your brand an advocate who will passionately share their experiences. Furthermore, customers tend to keep polishing cloth for a long time because it is a high utility item, making these promotional polish cloths become a culture enhancing your brand image.
Bezel setting pendant
Bezel setting pendant
A bezel setting is a way of enclosing a gemstone within a metal frame. A small ring can be soldered on the top of the frame to make it into a pendant or charm. More than one ring can also be soldered on the bezel frame to make a bezel connector or link.
Cabochon FAQs
Cabochon FAQs
Cabochon is a gemstone element used for jewelry making. They can be used to make rings, pendants, or other creative jewelry piece. We will go through some common questions and answers of cabochons: What is Cabochon? How Cabochons can be used in jewelry making? What shape can Cabochon come in with? Why most Cabochons are not transparent? Why most Cabochons are not faceted?
Jump ring basics
Jump ring basics
Jump rings are essential components of jewelry making, especially open jump rings. This blog covers the basics of jump ring size, types, and terminologies. Like, the jump ring gauge chart, what is OD and what is ID, the difference between machine cut jump rings vs. saw cut jump rings.