Gold Plated vs Gold Filled
by Zochilth Flores
This is a common question that is brought up continuously. The answer depends of its purpose and preference. If you are looking for a warmer appearance that is inexpensive, then you would want to move forward with gold plated pieces. Gold Plated jewelry, whether it is 14k, 18k, or 24k, is used to to give the look of fine jewelry and that golden sheen we all enjoy to look at. Keep in mind that the amount of gold used for plating is commonly minor. The point of plated jewelry is more about appearance and design, rather than value.
Better Sterling Silver based pieces are often plated in 18k gold to compete with 18k as well as 14k gold jewelry. Personally, 18k Gold Plated pieces are more convincing in terms of giving the piece a more luxurious appearance, whereas 14k Gold Plated pieces can appear lighter or whiter than fine jewelry pieces crafted in 14k gold.
Moving forward, Gold-filled is unquestionably your best option after solid gold for quality and durability. It will not flake off or turn your skin green and offers a great option for people with sensitive skin. Gold-filled jewelry can stay beautiful for a lifetime, especially with a little care.