Everything you need to know about 14k Gold Filled Jewelry

Posted by Michelle Grout on

We get so many questions about 14k gold filled jewelry, so we have compiled all of the most commonly asked questions and concerns from our customers in hopes of informing you all on why we choose to use mainly 14k gold filled materials. 

We're not afraid to be totally honest about its longevity and quality because we're confident that we offer the top quality 14k gold-filled jewelry available.  We also know that gold-filled is the next best option to real gold in terms of quality.  So when it comes to the durability of our product, it stands to reason that it's your best affordable option for gold jewelry. 


what is 14K GOLD-FILLED metal?

 “Gold-filled” is a USA industry standard that legally requires 1/20th, or 5% pure gold by weight.  It’s a strictly regulated process that involves pressure bonding multiple layers of solid 14k gold with extreme heat over a core of high quality jeweler’s brass resulting in a durable, quality real gold product.


IS gold-filled actually "filled with gold"

Actually, all the gold is on the outside, the only thing you need to know is that the term refers to a thick outer layer of durable, pressure-bonded, real, solid gold on the outside of a base metal. 

IS GOLD-FILLED jewelry real gold?

The gold in 14k gold-filled is real. There is a thick layer of real, solid 14k gold on the outside of a brass core. 


What's the difference between gold-filled and gold plated?

There is a lot more gold in gold-filled jewelry than in plated jewelry. Also the gold is attached in a way that’s much more durable.  The standards for 14k gold-fill are strictly regulated, while the standards for "gold plated" encompass a broad range of thicknesses, so you can't be sure how much gold is in the plated layer.  


Here is a comparative illustration for you: 



Is 14k Gold-Filled Good Quality?

YES! It is the next best thing in quality to real gold. It will not flake off or turn your skin green it is also a great option for people with sensitive skin. Gold-filled jewelry can stay beautiful for a lifetime, especially with a little care.


Does GOLD-FILLED Tarnish?

14k GF materials are not supposed to tarnish.  Although It's possible for gold-fill to tarnish under certain circumstances, it should not tarnish easily and if it does you CAN clean it off. 


Does It Contain Nickel?

No.  None of our jewelry contains nickel.


Is Gold-Filled Jewelry okay for people with Sensitive Skin?

Yes.  A majority of people find they have no sensitivity to gold-filled jewelry.  Reasoning for this is that the outside of the piece is solid 14k gold, it interacts with your skin in the same way solid 14k gold would.  If you do not have any sensitivities to solid gold, you should find that gold filled materials will be ok for you as well. 



The best care you can give your pieces is to clean them gently with water, mild soap, and a soft cloth. It also helps to:

-Avoid exposure to lotions, harsh soaps/detergents and chemicals or wash them off your jewelry immediately, especially gold-fill chain.

-Also avoid chlorinated pools/jacuzzis and if possible remove your jewelry when showering.

-Store your jewelry in a ziploc bag to avoid possibility of tarnishing when you aren't wearing it. 

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