Decoding Elegance: Gold Vermeil vs. Gold Plating Unveiled

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In the realm of luxury jewellery, the choice of materials plays a pivotal role in defining the beauty of each piece. Gold, with its timeless appeal, has been a cherished metal for centuries. However, when it comes to enhancing the aesthetic of gold jewellery, two techniques stand out—Gold Vermeil and Gold Plating. Let's delve into the nuances of these processes to help you make an informed choice when selecting your next piece.

Gold Vermeil:

Gold vermeil is a fusion of luxury and longevity, offering a layer of gold that surpasses traditional gold plating in both thickness and durability. To be classified as vermeil, a piece must consist of a sterling silver or other high-quality base metal, plated with a thick layer of gold measuring at least 3 microns. This meticulous craftsmanship ensures a radiant finish.

Key Features of Gold Vermeil:

Base Metal Quality: Gold vermeil employs a sterling silver base or other premium metals, enhancing the overall quality and resilience of the jewellery.

 Thickness of Gold Layer:  The gold layer in vermeil is substantially thicker than that of traditional gold plating, resulting in a more enduring and radiant finish.

Longevity: With proper care, gold vermeil jewellery can maintain its radiant appearance for an extended period, making it an investment in enduring elegance.

Hypoallergenic Properties: Due to the sterling silver base, gold vermeil is often hypoallergenic, making it a suitable choice for those with sensitive skin.


Gold Plating:

Gold plating, while a well-established and time-honoured technique involves depositing a thin layer of gold onto a base metal.

Although it may not boast the same thickness as gold vermeil, it still imparts a luxurious gleam to jewellery.

Key Features of Gold Plating:

Base Metal Variety: Gold plating can be applied to a diverse range of base metals, offering versatility in design.

Variety of Finishes: Gold plating allows for a variety of finishes, from matte to high gloss, providing flexibility in design and style.

Care and Longevity: While gold plating is less durable than vermeil, proper care can help prolong its lifespan and maintain its aesthetic appeal.

Both gold vermeil and gold plating have their unique features and purpose in the world of luxury jewellery. The choice between the two ultimately depends on your preferences, budget, and the level of durability you seek. Whether you opt for the of gold vermeil or gold plating, each technique contributes to the creation of a timeless piece.

Assya London jewellery is crafted using certified gold vermeil to curate inspiring, high-quality jewellery that is designed to last. Each piece has anti-tarnish solution applied to increase the jewellery’s longevity. Sustainability is also at the heart of the brand with all metal being mined under the FairMined assurance label. This ensures that the gold is sourced from empowered, responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organisations who meet world leading standards for responsible practices that aim to preserve the environment.

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