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Caring for gold vermeil

What is gold vermeil?

Vermeil (vehr-may; it's French, oh la la!) is a legally regulated term that refers to a certain kind of quality jewelry. To be legally called "vermeil" in the United States, the jewelry piece must meet ALL of these conditions:

  1. Have sterling silver as its base material.
  2. Be plated in gold that is at least 10k (10 karats). That means the gold is at least 41.7% gold content.
  3. Have gold plating that is at least 2.5 microns thick.
In the realm of gold-tone jewelry, gold vermeil is superior to gold-plating. It is ideal for people who want an affordable alternative to solid gold.

How can I make my gold vermeil jewelry last?

Since your piece is not solid gold, it will fade over time. Caring for the necklace will help it last. Gold is a very soft metal that scratches easily, so place your necklace in your jewelry box or wrapped in a soft cloth when you take it off. The chemicals in lotion and perfume can also interact with the metals in the jewelry pieces and fade the gold. Wait five minutes after you apply your cosmetic products before putting on your vermeil jewelry. Avoid exercising or going to the pool while wearing your jewelry.