WAIT, WHAT IS GOLD VERMEIL AGAIN?
Vermeil (pronounced vur-MAY) is a very specific type of premium gold finish.
Simply put, it is a combination of a very thick layer of gold over high-quality sterling silver.
In addition to use in designer jewelry, this metal combination is sometimes found in high-end cutlery, tableware, and luxury home decor offerings. The White House has a Vermeil Room dedicated to an extensive and unique collection of vermeil pieces including cutlery and even a wine cooler.
VERMEIL IS MAKING BIG WAVES IN DESIGNER JEWELRY.
It really is the best of both worlds - all of the exclusivity, beauty, and quality of designer jewelry, but at prices that won't break the bank.
Many fashion-savvy women are now using vermeil jewelry to build their personal jewelry collections. The cost/quality balance allows them to be confident in the material and workmanship while still having the look and feel of collections costing many times more than what they actually do. In fact, because of its popularity in designer circles, gold vermeil jewelry has become one of the top "insider secrets" of the designer jewelry world.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOLD VERMEIL AND OTHER GOLD PLATED OPTIONS?
Great question. There is no shortage of gold-plated or gold-filled jewelry out there. But there are big differences - mainly in the quality and long-term value.
Poor Quality - Gold Plated:
- The base of either steel or brass (inferior base metals),
- The piece is VERY quickly dipped in gold
- The thin gold finish can wear off easily
- Exposes the wearer to base metal allergies
Decent Quality - Gold Filled:
- The base of either brass or copper
- Outside is sheets of 10+ karat gold
- Doesn't wear off quite as easily as gold plated
- Still potential for metal allergy with inferior base metal
Highest Quality - Gold Vermeil:
- The base of high-quality sterling silver
- A thick gold layer of at least 10k
- Most of the time 14k-24k gold is used
- Industry regulated the gold thickness of no less than 2.5 microns (very thick).
WHAT DOES VERMEIL LOOK LIKE?
We have assembled some of our favorites into a vermeil collection that we constantly update with the latest designs from the runways of Milan and the shows of Vicenza.
Note: Many designer jewelry pieces retain the "silver look" by using platinum vermeil or rhodium (platinum family) vermeil.