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Gold Vermeil

Read through and learn everything there’s to know about this affordable luxury.

In this FAQ blog, we answer the main questions we often get about Gold Vermeil: What is Gold Vermeil? Are Vermeil and Gold Plated the same thing? Which one is better? Will my gold vermeil Jewellery Wear off? Read through and learn everything there’s to know about this affordable luxury.


You might be wondering, why is there so much excitement over Gold Vermeil? The answer is sweet and simple: Vermeil is gold at a price that won’t put a dent in your wallet. As we affectionately refer to it, each piece is an affordable luxury. It gives gold lovers a chance to own a piece of jewellery that is both luxurious and affordable. While also giving people who are new to precious metal jewellery a chance to leap from silver to Gold in a more gentle way.

What is Gold Vermeil?

 Vermeil (pronounced vehr-may) is a term used to describe high-quality silver jewellery coated with a thicker layer of gold. The term vermeil is regulated, and to be classified as Gold Vermeil, the jewellery must have Sterling Silver as its base metal and be plated with 10k gold (or above) at least 2.5 microns thick.

In other words, vermeil refers to sterling silver jewellery plated with a thick layer of at least 10K (more gold content) pure gold. Gold Vermeil is of higher quality than the other plated jewellery. That is to say, it lasts longer without adding a dent in your wallet.

Which is better, gold plated or vermeil?

Quality and affordability make Gold Vermeil superior to gold-plated or gold-filled jewellery. Gold-plated jewellery has a gold layer at least five times thinner than vermeil. Such a thin layer wears off quickly, while vermeil lasts longer. Not only that, but fairly often, a gold-plated piece has brass and copper as its base metal. Vermeil, on the other hand, has a solid base of sterling silver.

Will gold vermeil wear off?

Precious materials and quality manufacturing make Gold Vermeil more durable and wear-resistant than other gold-plated jewellery. With the proper care, it can last for years to come. But please keep in mind, due to its nature, it can eventually wear off. In such scenarios, you can always contract a replating service from a local jeweller.

How to make my Gold Vermeil Jewellery last longer?

When showering, swimming, washing your hands, or working out, remember to remove your jewellery. That is because water and other chemicals can reduce the lifespan of the gold layer that coats your piece of jewellery. Take special care of your rings, as it suffers more from wear and tear.

When getting ready, always wear your jewellery last. Some products such as makeup, perfume, and lotions can reduce the brilliance of your jewel. Store the jewellery in a clean jewellery box, away from other pointy pieces, and this will ensure that your jewellery lasts a long time.

How to clean my Gold Vermeil Jewellery?

To clean your Vermeil Jewellery, use a dry 100% cotton cloth and gently buff the piece. Please make sure not to scratch your jewellery or use polishing agents during the process. Remember: never use jewellery cleaner on your vermeil jewellery.


Call into any Carrolls Irish Gifts store  to see our full range of Shanore Vermeil jewellery or check out where we will soon be adding Vermail to our latest ranges of Celtic jewellery.

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