Solid gold is the most valuable and durable form of gold. The purity of solid gold is expressed in karats (K) with purest form being 24 karats. Solid gold is extremely soft in texture and therefore, is alloyed with small amounts of other metals such as copper or silver in order to make it more durable for purposes such as jewellery making.
Gold filled jewellery is composed of a solid layer of gold that is pressure bonded to a base metal such as sterling silver. Gold filled jewellery contains over 100 times more gold than gold plated and is the best alternative to solid gold. This is because you get the benefits of solid gold at a more affordable price. Gold filled items are tarnish resistant, hypoallergenic and have the potential to last a lifetime if cared for correctly (see our 'CARE & SIZE GUIDE' for more information).
Gold plated is a thin layer of gold over a base of non-gold metal such as brass or copper. Gold plated products are the most affordable as they contain very little amounts of gold. However, these pieces will tarnish and fade over time. How long the plating lasts depends upon an individuals body chemistry and the care given to the product. Gold plated products should avoid exposure to water, chemicals, perfume and other substances such as lotion in order to maintain optimal condition.