You may have noticed that many of my creations have gold filled primers, or sometimes gold silver, but never gold plated. Why this choice? What's behind the term "gold filled"? This is what I will explain to you today in this first article on the choices of a brand.
It is an alloy of common materials (often brass) to which a thin layer of gold is applied, by chemical or electrical process. French standards require a minimum thickness of 3 microns of gold to obtain the authorisation to call it "gold-plated".
It is a process developed in the United States. It involves coating a brass base with a solid layer of 12 or 14 carat gold using a combination of pressure and heat. The weight of the gold then represents between 1/20 and 1/10 of the total weight of the object, which is between 50 and 100 times more than for a gold-plated primer. Once the base is processed, the components are created cold. It is therefore not possible to have gold filled elements made by casting or melting the metal.
The pros and cons of gold filled :
- Just like gold-plated, gold filled is a very good quality-price alternative to solid gold jewellery.
- Gold filled oxidizes more than gold-plated, but it is much more resistant to friction. Therefore, it is completely possible to clean the jewelry without fear of removing the gold layer.
- The gold filled primers I use are subject to European standards to avoid any risk of allergy.
The maintenance :
The gold filled primers are cared for in the same way as 925 silver ones, more or less. So to have beautiful jewelry for a very long time, here are some tips to follow:
- Avoid contact with perfumes, lotions and skin oils...
- Remove the jewelry to play sports, sleep, shower or go to the beach.
- Store the jewelry in a dry place and if possible individually (small pocket, cotton square etc).
- To clean it, you can use a small amount of toothpaste with a soft toothbrush (or on your finger). Then rinse with cold water and dry well with a soft cloth.
Now you know more about gold filled toothpastes (and jewellery). It is the quantity of gold and especially the assurance that it will resist long rubbing that made me choose it in my jewelry.I invite you to discover below some of my creations highlighted by primers or beads in gold filled