Gold Jewelry Guide
Vermeil refers to pure or sterling silver that is plated with a thin layer of gold. Most vermeil jewelry available now is created by electroplating the silver with gold, a chemical process that uses an electrical current to bind the two metals together. While it may sound similar to gold plated jewelry, gold vermeil jewelry has a much thicker layer of gold. In order to be considered as true vermeil jewelry in the US, the piece has to meet certain qualifications. For instance, the gold on the piece needs to be at least 2.5 microns thick, and at least 10k or higher. This means it is less likely to fade, tarnish, or wear off.