Unfortunately – I can tell the cheap materials from the quality materials and I'm vocal about it. Now that I know all this information, my friends and family refuse to buy me jewelry (even the quality products) because they think I am hard to please. I can't help that I don't keep my opinions to myself... It’s a double edged sword I guess ;)
So, here I go - about to (hopefully not) ruin jewelry shopping for you. Most manufactured “costume jewelry” you see in stores have this bright gold finish. So, you may find that the Gold Plated jewelry will turn from that pretty bright gold color to a dingy brass look. You may even notice you have to spend extra time in the shower scrubbing off the green residue from a bracelet or ring you wore (we have all been there…). That is one of the main reasons why I choose to go down the more expensive path and only create jewelry with 14k Gold-Filled wire. A lot of people may not know the difference between Gold Plated and Gold-Filled – I sure didn’t before I got into this business 10 years ago!
The main difference between the two are the material requirements. Both are made up of materials that are layered by a portion of Gold. To summarize Rio Grande’s Product Guide, Gold Plated wire is plated with a layer of either Gold or Gold Alloy. The minimum thickness requirement is approximately 20 millionths of an inch. While Gold-Filled wire’s layer of 14k Gold must be at least 5% of the wire’s weight. Therefore you can see your 14k Gold-Filled jewelry last much longer than your Gold Plated Jewelry.
FYI – I use the Gold Plated wire to practice new jewelry designs because it is so cheap to buy.
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