What is the difference between solid gold and gold fill? — from Business tips for jewelry designers with a side of ethical news – Sharon Z Jewelry

Solid gold, gold fill, gold plate, gold vermeil, karat gold – what exactly
do these terms mean?

And why use one over the other?

Solid Gold

This means that a piece of jewelry is gold through and through. It can be
an alloy – meaning 14 karat, 18 karat, etc. And alloy just means that the
gold has been mixed or blended with other metals to enhance it’s working
properties or create different colors like rose gold or white gold.
Sometimes you might hear solid gold referred to as karat gold, meaning that
it’s a gold that isn’t 99.99% pure, but an alloy.

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