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Gold Jewelry Defined

What Is “14 Karat” Gold?

Like fine silver, fine gold is alloyed with other metals to improve strength and durability. The amount of fine gold used is traditionally measured in karats. “Pure gold” is represented as 24 karat. In its pure state gold is quite soft and is rarely used for jewelry.

The most common gold alloys used in the United States are 14 karat and 18 karat. 14 karat gold consists of 58.3 percent fine gold. 18 karat gold consists of 75 percent fine gold.

What Is Gold Filled Jewelry?

Gold filled jewelry is made up of gold tubing, which is then filled with brass. This gives the item the look and feel of gold jewelry, at a much more affordable price. Our gold filled jewelry has about 100 times more gold than gold-plated jewelry, so the gold surface will not flake, peel, or wear off.

What Metals Are Used for our Gold Plated Items?

Unless otherwise noted, our gold plated items consist of sterling silver with 14 karat gold plating. Items marked as fashion jewelry do not contain precious metal, except for plating. Gold plated fashion jewelry items consist of base metal (often brass, for example) plated with 14 karat gold.