What is Gold Filled?

Gold filled is made using a process of heat and pressure to bond a thick layer of solid gold onto a base core, usually brass or sterling silver.

Because the metal is bonded to the base it doesn't flake or chip away like plated jewellery does. 

Occasionally you may be able to spot the solder joins on Gold filled jewellery. Due to the nature of the metal we're limited as to how much we can 'clean up' joins and it isn't possible to file away any excess solder as we normally would with other materials.

If your gold filled jewellery is well cared for you'll have it for years to come. If you want to get the longest wear possible out of your gold filled pieces you should check out our jewellery care tips.

Will it tarnish? Long answer short is any metal can tarnish if it's not looked after correctly. Yes, including solid gold and gold filled jewellery.
Check out our 'Let's talk metals' blog to learn why.

The visual below is to give you an idea of the comparison between solid gold, gold filled and gold plated. 

gold filled explained by ivy design jewellery


With Gold Filled Jewellery it's important to note that often solder seams can be visible - due to the nature of the material (not being solid) jewellers are unable to clean up and file away excess solder as we would with solid materials. We will do our best to ensure they're as subtle as possible :-) 


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