Gold Filled vs. Gold Plated Jewelry

Gold Filled vs. Gold Plated Jewelry


Gold jewelry is undoubtedly a timeless and classic accessory that never goes out of style. But when it comes to purchasing gold jewelry, there are two terms that often confuse people: gold-filled and gold plated. In this blog post, we'll help you understand the difference between the two, so you can make an informed decision before making a purchase.


Gold-filled jewelry is made by bonding a layer of gold to a base metal like brass, using a high-pressure process. The layer of gold used in gold-filled jewelry is typically thicker than that used in gold plated jewelry, making it more durable and long-lasting. In fact, gold-filled jewelry can last for a long time if properly cared for. It's also a more affordable option than solid gold, while still maintaining the same luxurious look.

  • Gold-filled is waterproof, so feel free to wear your piece in the shower!
  • Gold-filled should not be worn in saltwater or chlorine, as they can remove some of the coloring.
  • Basic lotions are okay but always clean afterwards.
  • Remove your piece when putting on anything strong- retinol, peels, glycolic acid etc.

Shop some of our gold-filled pieces here.


On the other hand, gold plated jewelry is made by applying a thin layer of gold to a base metal using an electroplating process. The layer of gold used in gold plated jewelry is much thinner than that used in gold-filled jewelry, making it less durable and more prone to tarnishing and fading over time. Gold plated jewelry is usually a more affordable option than gold-filled jewelry, but it may require more frequent maintenance to keep it looking its best. 

Here at Hannah B. Jewelry, we also add a layer of e-coating to our gold-plated jewelry for an extra layer of protection. 

  • All our gold-plated items have an extra layer of protection although we suggest avoiding water, cleaning agents, perfumes etc.
  • We do not suggest wearing gold-plated jewelry while swimming and exercising.
  • Use a dry cotton cloth to clean your jewelry and renew its shine.

When it comes to choosing between gold-filled and gold-plated jewelry, it ultimately comes down to personal preference and budget. If you're looking for a long-lasting piece that can withstand regular wear and tear, gold-filled jewelry is the way to go. If you're looking for a more affordable option that you can wear on special occasions, gold plated jewelry may be the way to go.

Regardless of which option you choose, it's important to take proper care of your gold jewelry to keep it looking its best. Avoid exposing it to harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, and store it in a dry, cool place when not in use.

If you're in the market for some new gold jewelry, be sure to check out our collection of gold-filled and gold plated pieces here. We have a wide variety of styles to choose from, so you're sure to find something that suits your taste and budget.


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