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What is Vermeil Jewellery?

Are you on the lookout for new gold jewellery pieces? Have you stumbled across the term "gold vermeil jewellery", but is unsure what that actually mean? We are here to guide you you through, to make sure you select the right jewellery piece for your expectations. In a world where jewellery options are abundant, vermeil jewellery stands out as a luxurious yet affordable choice. While vermeil is not the same quality as solid gold (though it’s not far behind), when you compare gold vermeil vs. gold-plated jewelry, vermeil is a more exceptional and durable option, with a lot thicker gold layer.

The jewellery price for this calibre jewellery is often based on the metal weight and therefore as an added benefit, gold vermeil is a more affordable option compared to solid gold pieces. We will take you for a deep dive into gold vermeil uncovering its allure and exploring what sets it apart from other gold-plated alternatives, what it is, what its benefits are, its durability and how to keep it looking shiny. 

But first, let's start with:


What is gold vermeil jewellery?

The term "vermeil," pronounced vur-meyl or ver-mey ] and is a luxurious form of gold-plated jewelry known for its superior quality and durability. The pieces has a silver base with a thick layer of gold. Typically comprising earrings, bracelets, rings, necklaces, vermeil jewellery has a thicker gold plating, elevating its wearability and appeal. To be classified as vermeil pieces, the following criteria must be met:

  • Base material must be sterling silver 
  • The gold plating must have a purity of minimum 10 karats, ensuring a gold content of at least 41.7%.
  • The thickness of the gold plating must measure at least 2.5 microns.

Gold vermeil jewellery pieces are therefore a great option when looking for durability and elegance without the hefty price tag of solid gold. 


What is 18k gold vermeil?

18k gold vermeil is just as vermeil pieces, jewellery with a sterling silver base and a thick gold plating of at least 2.5 microns. 18k gold vermeil pieces though are plated with 18k gold. 


Gold plated vs gold vermeil - understanding the difference

Gold plated jewellery typically consists of a thin layer of real gold applied over a base metal, such as brass, copper, silver or stainless steel. This layer of gold is usually a lot thinner than that found on gold vermeil pieces. Additionally, because the base metal used in gold plated jewellery is often of lower quality than solid silver, gold plated pieces tend to be more affordable yet not as durable. On the other hand, gold vermeil jewellery starts as sterling silver and is coated with a thicker layer of real gold, often five times thicker than traditional gold plating. This process results in pieces that offer the look, feel, and weight of solid gold at a more accessible price point.

While gold plated jewellery is a good choice for those seeking fashion-forward pieces at an affordable price, gold vermeil jewellery provides a balance of luxury and affordability. It offers longevity, high quality, and a luxurious finish, making it an ideal option for those who desire the elegance of gold without the hefty price tag.


Find a selection of our gold vermeil pieces below:

Fiji Shark NecklaceIbiza Star and Moon Ring


What os the process of creating vermeil jewellery?

Creating vermeil jewellery is a meticulous process that involves several steps to achieve its distinctive appearance. First, artisans start with sterling silver, a durable and lustrous metal known for its versatility in jewellery making. The silver base is meticulously polished to create a smooth surface for the gold plating process. Next, the silver pieces are carefully submerged in a bath of gold solution and subjected to a precise electroplating process. This method ensures that the gold adheres evenly to the silver surface, creating a durable and long-lasting bond.


What are the advantages of choosing vermeil jewellery?

One of the primary advantages of vermeil jewellery is its affordability compared to solid gold pieces and the durability compared to gold plated pieces. While still offering the luxurious look of gold, vermeil jewellery allows consumers to enjoy the beauty of precious metal without breaking the bank. Additionally, vermeil jewellery is more durable than traditional gold-plated pieces, thanks to its thicker layer of gold. This results in jewellery that retains its shine for years to come, making it a worthwhile investment for any jewellery enthusiast.


How to style gold vermeil jewellery? 

Versatility is key when it comes to styling gold vermeil jewellery. Whether you prefer a minimalist look or love to layer your accessories, gold vermeil pieces offer endless possibilities for expression. Embrace the trend of layering necklaces and stacking rings to create a look that's uniquely yours. Mix and match different gold vermeil pieces to add depth and dimension to your ensemble, or combine them with other gold jewellery for a cohesive and stylish look. The slight variations in colour between different gold pieces only enhance their appeal, adding a touch of sophistication to any outfit.

Yellow gold, in particular, has experienced a resurgence in popularity, and for good reason. Its warm tones complement every skin tone, and when paired with precious gemstones, yellow gold jewellery truly shines. Whether you're dressing up for a special occasion or adding a touch of glamour to your everyday attire, gold vermeil jewellery offers effortless elegance and timeless appeal.


Do vermeil jewellery wear off? 

As vermeil jewellery are not solid, vermeil jewellery can wear off over time, especially with frequent wear and exposure to water or harsh chemicals. While the gold layer in vermeil jewellery is thicker compared to traditional gold-plated pieces, it will eventually wear down with regular use, but not as fast as gold-plated pieces. With the proper care and maintenance it can substantially prolong the lifespan of vermeil jewellery and minimize the effects of wear, making your vermeil pieces last for years.


How to care for cold vermeil jewellery?

While gold vermeil jewellery offers durability and beauty, proper care is essential to ensure its longevity. To keep your gold vermeil pieces looking their best, avoid exposing them to harsh chemicals, such as chlorine and household cleaners, which can damage the gold plating. Instead, gently clean your jewellery with a jewellery cloth if needed. Additionally, store your gold vermeil pieces separately from other jewellery to prevent scratches and tarnishing. With regular care and maintenance, your gold vermeil jewellery will continue to dazzle for years to come.


How to clean gold vermeil jewellery? 

When it comes to cleaning gold vermeil pieces, it's essential to avoid harsh products that can damage the delicate metal. Avoid using abrasive substances like toothpaste or baking soda, as they can cause scratches on the surface. Instead, opt for a gentle cleaning approach using a liquid jewelry cleaner specifically formulated for gold. These cleaners effectively remove product buildup and environmental soils without compromising the integrity of the metal.

If your gold vermeil jewellery features intricate designs or hard-to-reach areas, consider using a liquid jewelry cleaner that comes with a small brush. This brush will help you gently scrub away dirt and buildup from all angles, ensuring a thorough clean without causing any damage.

After cleaning your gold vermeil jewelry, give it an extra shine by buff-drying it with a soft cloth. This step helps to enhance the luster of the metal, leaving your pieces looking as good as new. By following these simple cleaning tips, you can keep your gold vermeil jewelry sparkling and beautiful for years to come.


All in all, gold vermeil jewellery offers the perfect combination of luxury and affordability, making it a popular choice for discerning jewellery lovers. By understanding the distinction between gold plated and gold vermeil pieces, you can make an informed choice that reflects your personal style and preferences. Whether you're looking for a fashion-forward statement piece or a timeless classic, gold vermeil jewellery provides a versatile and stylish option that's sure to elevate any look. So go ahead, indulge in the luxury of gold vermeil jewellery and discover the beauty of affordable elegance.


Main Points:

  • Gold vermeil jewelry is a luxurious yet affordable option.
  • It offers durability and a thicker gold layer compared to gold-plated jewelry.
  • Crafted with a sterling silver base and minimum of 10 karat gold plating, and a thick plating layer of minimum 2.5 microns, it ensures elegance and longevity.


Explore our collection of exquisite ocean inspired gold vermeil jewellery and add some forever favorite pieces to your jewellery collection. Shop the selection here.



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