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Gold Filled Jewellery
Gold filled jewellery, is composed of a solid layer of gold bonded with heat and pressure to metals such as silver, copper or brass. Some high quality gold filled pieces have the same appearance as 9 carat Gold. If the Gold layer is 9 carat in purity then the minimum layer of Gold in an item stamped GF must equal at least 1/20 the weight of the total item. The most common stamps found on Gold filled jewellery in Australia are 1/20 9ct GF. Some products are made using sterling silver as the base, although brass is used commonly.
Gold filled items, even with daily wear, can last 10 to 30 years but will eventually wear through. The Gold layer on Gold plated jewellery varies greatly depending on manufacturer, so there is no single, simple comparison. Gold filled items are 50 to 100,000 times thicker than regular Gold plating, and 17 to 25,000 times thicker than heavy Gold electroplate.
Gold Plated Jewellery
Gold plating is a method of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal such as silver, stainless steel or base metal (such as brass or copper) by electrochemical plating.
Plating on any Jewellery item is only a few microns thin and can wear off with normal wear and tear.
To prolong the life of your gold plated jewellery, avoid contact with water and chemicals (such as detergents, soaps and perfumes).
To clean, lightly wipe with a damp cotton cloth.