what is 14k gold filled?

“Gold-filled” is a USA industry standard that legally requires 1/20th, or 5% pure gold by weight.  It’s a strictly regulated process that involves pressure bonding multiple layers of solid 14k gold with extreme heat over a core of high quality jeweler’s brass resulting in a durable, quality real gold product.

The word "filled" does not mean it is actually filled with gold. It is a thick outer layer of durable, pressure-bonded, real, solid gold on the outside.


is it real gold?

YES! A gold filled piece's weight is legally required to be 5% real, pure gold.


so what's the difference from gold plated?

As you can see from the image, gold plated is a metal (typically brass) that is quickly dipped in gold. So, those gold pieces that tarnish quickly or turn your skin green are most likely gold plated.

Heavy gold plated or "gold vermeil" (pronouced ver-may) is a thicker version of gold plated but will still tarnish eventually.

Solid gold is expensive....

14k gold filled infographic

so why do we use gold filled?

At Emily Anne Designs, I want to create pieces that are beautiful, timeless, and affordable. So, because solid gold is way too expensive and gold plated won't last a lifetime, we are left with one beautiful and affordable option: gold filled.

It is a high quality, durable, and safe option for those with allergies or sensitive skin.

Gold filled jewelry will keep it's shine for a lifetime without breaking the bank.