What is 14k Gold-Fill?
Gold-filled is an actual layer of gold - pressure bonded to another metal. Gold-filled is not to be confused with gold plating as gold-filled has almost 100% more gold than gold plating. Gold-filled is much more valuable and tarnish resistant. It does not flake off, rub off or turn colours.
Gold-filled jewelry is composed of a solid layer of gold, which must constitute at least 5% of the item's total weight, mechanically bonded to a base metal. Some high quality gold-filled pieces have the same appearance as 14 karat (58%) gold. Gold-filled items, even with daily wear, can last five to 30 years but will eventually wear through.
I use 14k Gold-Fill from Rio Grande:
• Karat gold covers the brass surface, making it tarnish-resistant.
• The value of gold-filled is greater than gold-plated because gold-filled has an actual layer of karat gold, not just a microscopic film.
• All of Rio’s gold-filled products meet federal quality standards.
• Gold-filled jewelry is economical. Your customers enjoy the warm tones of gold at a fraction of the cost of pure gold.