What is "Gold Filled"?

What is "Gold Filled"?

As you've noticed, our gold and rose gold rings and spinners are called "gold filled" on our site.

So? What is it?

Well. gold filled wire is not, in fact, filled with gold. That would be too easy.  Here's how our friends at Lat & Lo describe it:

Gold-filled is constructed in two or three layers. The core metal is jewelers’ brass. A gold alloy is then bonded to one or both surfaces of the brass core with heat and pressure. Unlike plated (aka electroplated or "dipped") metals, Gold-filled is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight.
Our gold filled wire is of very high quality, it is easy to care for, and it allows us to keep our rings affordable. Take a look at the diagram for a clearer picture of how it's made:
Curious to know about other jewelry trivia and miscellany? Just ask! We're nerds, so we can't wait to answer you! Let us know in the comments!

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  • Debbie on

    Wouldn’t that make them Gold-clad or coated? I’m not sure but I thought gold filled meant it was a mixture of gold and something, not just layers. I’m open to be educated. I work a little with ‘gold filled’, 10k and sterling wire and thought I understood.
    Thanks. I love the look of your products.


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