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Jewellery Definitions 


This is a method of covering another type of metal with a very thin, almost microscopic, film of pure gold by electroplating it.



This is the process of bonding an extremely thin layer (measured in microns) of silver to a base metal.



Gold-filled jewellery has a much higher amount of gold in it than gold-plated and is much more valuable. This is a durable material that will not tarnish or chip. It is also safe for those with metal allergies. Gold-filled, or gold overlay, is made by heat-and pressure-bonding an actual layer of karat gold, (not just a microscopic film) to a base metal core. It is legally required to contain 1/20 gold by weight. 


Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver is 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% of alloy, typically copper and is more durable than pure silver.