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Jewelry Tips: Gold filled is not what it sounds like. It isn’t something filled with gold, it is gold filled with something. Most common is a thin gold sheet heat-bonded to brass; second is gold bonded to silver (this is called vermeil). The gold surface is far thicker than “gold plated”; to be sold as gold filled, gold must be 5 percent or more of the total metal weight. In plating the gold layer is electrostaticly deposited on the base metal and may be just a few microns thin. It can chip and will wear off eventually, but the purchase cost is substantially lower, and replating is more economical than buying new jewelry (although, if you insist, will sell you some of that instead).

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