What is 14K/20K Gold Filled?

All our gemstone necklaces are finished with 14/20K Gold Filled. Some hangers and connectors are also made of this material. What exactly does Gold Filled mean?

Gold filled jewelry is high-quality jewelry that remains beautiful forever and comes from America. It is different from solid gold, but still contains a significant amount of real gold. If you want to invest in beautiful gold-colored jewelry, but do not want to pay for real gold, a gold-filled piece of jewelry is the perfect alternative! In terms of appearance, these jewelry have the same look, only they are a lot cheaper.

This is what it means:

  1. Composition: 14K or 18K gold-filled jewelry is made by bonding a layer of 14/18 karat gold to a base metal core (often brass or copper) using heat and pressure. The 14K/18K refers to the purity of the gold used, meaning it contains 58.3% pure gold. The "filled" portion means that at least 1/20th of the item's weight must be gold.

  2. Durability: Gold-filled items are more durable and last longer than gold-plated items because the gold layer is thicker. Gold-plated items have a very thin layer of gold on top, which can wear away relatively quickly, revealing the base metal underneath. Gold-filled jewelry, on the other hand, can last a lifetime if properly cared for.

  3. Value: Although 14K/18K gold-filled items are not as valuable as solid 14K/18K gold items, they are a more affordable alternative that still offers the look and feel of real gold. They are often used for items such as necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

  4. Care: To maintain the appearance of 14K/18K gold filled jewelry, it is important to clean them regularly and avoid exposing them to harsh chemicals or abrasive materials. Use a soft cloth to clean it and store it separately from other jewelry to avoid scratches.

In summary, 14/20K gold filled jewelry is a practical and cost-effective option for those who want the look of real gold without the high price tag. It combines the beauty of gold with the durability of a base metal core, making it a popular choice for a variety of jewelry.