ALL YOUR GOLD
JANUARY 27, 2014 by DOROTHY MURPHY
Possibly one of the things that can be most confusing when choosing a new piece of jewellery is how to know exactly how much bang you’re getting for your buck or in other words just how much gold you’re getting on your piece. How much gold is on your piece affects how the item the overall quality including how the piece will wear and how long it will last. The unit of measurement used for exactly what thickness of gold is on your piece is referred to as a micron and to put that into a scale that you can relate to a millimetre thickness of gold is 1000 microns.
There are four different categories used to describe gold plated pieces, gold filled jewellery, gold plate, heavy gold plate and gold flash all of which have different characteristics. Chupi uses the two highest quality methods gold fill and heavy gold plate. Gold fill refers to a layer of solid gold pressure bonded on to a metal base, the layer of gold on a gold fill piece is 100 times more than standard gold plating. Where not possible to gold fill an item Chupi’s pieces are heavy gold plated. Heavy gold plating is of a much higher standard than gold plating, the minimum micron thickness for a gold plated item is 0.5 microns compared to the minimum micron thickness being 2.5 microns for heavy gold plating. This is a huge leap in quality and in fact Chupi uses 3-4 microns on all her pieces making them super high quality. Gold flashing is the poor cousin of all these methods with regulations stating that a piece is gold flashed when it has a gold thickness of 0.175 microns or less.
What’s the most important thing to you when buying gold?