Gold Vermeil began to be used in jewelry in the 18th century. French goldsmiths sought to make high-quality pieces but at a much lower price than solid gold and they devised jewelry made from silver, but covered with gold and called it gold Vermeil.
For the metal to be considered Vermeil, it must meet three main criteria:
- Base metal must be sterling (92.5%) or fine (99.9%) silver
- The purity of the gold must be at least 10 carats
- The thickness of the gold layer must be a minimum of 2.5 microns
The difference with gold-plated jewelry is that in this case the core of the pieces can be made of different metals, while in Vermeil it must always be silver. Gold-plated products also have no specific requirements regarding the thickness of the gold plating.
It is for this reason that gold Vermeil pieces are more expensive than gold plated pieces and can be more or less durable than plated pieces depending on the thickness of gold used to plate each product.
The hypo-allergenic advantage of Gold Vermeil is perhaps its fundamental factor. As its base is made of pure sterling silver and gold coating, the possibility of allergic reactions decreases.
Gold Vermeil is typically the best quality you can get in jewelry that has gold in its composition without purchasing solid gold.
It is important to note that like all gold plated pieces, over time and use, the Gold Vermeil coating can wear or deteriorate if not treated correctly. Therefore, it is important to care for these jewelry and avoid exposure to chemicals or excessive water to prolong its durability and beauty.