Confused about the difference between gold filled and gold plated? Wondering what makes silver sterling? You're in the right place!
Gold filled beads are created by pressure bonding an actual layer of gold onto another metal, often copper.
Although gold filled is not solid gold, it has the same desirable properties and look of solid gold. It won’t tarnish and will not rub off or turn colours. It's also a great option for anyone who is allergic to non-gold metals.
The thickness of the layer of gold varies depending on the bead manufacturer, but in all cases it is significantly thicker than gold plating (we'll get to that in a bit!).
Gold filled beads are beautiful and durable, but still cost efficient, making them one of the most used findings in contemporary jewelry design.
Sterling silver is often called 925 silver because in order to be classified as sterling, a silver alloy must contain at least 92.5% pure silver. Sterling silver does eventually tarnish, but it's easy to polish and restore.
Gold, Silver and Rose Gold plated
Similar to gold fill, gold, silver and rose gold plated beads also have a layer of precious metal coated over the surface of another metal. The coating is typically not as thick as it is with gold fill, and for that reason, anything plated will eventually tarnish with time and wear.
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Whatever MOODbeads product you choose, you can feel confident that it's made from high quality beads, and designed with love!