What is Gold Filled Metal?

Gold-filled jewelry is economical. It has the warm tones of gold at a fraction of the cost of pure gold.

Gold-filled, or gold overlay, is made by heat and pressure bonding a thin layer of 14Kt or 12Kt gold onto a brass base. The 14/20 or 12/10 notation refers to the ratio of karat gold to brass core by weight and indicates the karat value of the gold. "14/20" gold-filled material is made with 14-karat gold and the gold represents 1/20th (or 5%) of the total weight of the material. The value of gold-filled is greater than gold-plated because gold-filled has an actual layer of karat gold, not just a microscopic film.

Gold filled is tarnish resistant, which means it is resistant not tarnish proof; it is still susceptible to tarnish but it may take months or years of for this to happen. Keep your gold filled jewelry piece in your jewelry box will help slow down tarnishing, and can be easily cleaned with polishing clothes. I found that silver polishing clothes can be used on gold filled as well as sterling silver and even copper metal. These can be purchased at your local jewelry stores.

Gold Filled Corrugated Round Beads Set of Two 8mm

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