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What is Gold Fill?
What is Vermeil?
What is Fine Silver?


What is Gold Fill?
A great alternative to 'real' gold. You get a beautiful gold look with 'real' gold (usually 18k to 22k) on top of a base metal core. A great website describes it in much greater technical depth if you are interested: http://www.artisanplating.com/articles/goldfilled.html. I love using gold filled wire and findings in my work because it really does offer so many different alternatives and allows more people to wear the lovely look of gold.

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What is Vermeil?
Another alternative to 'real' gold, to me this is slightly more precious than gold filled, but there are disagreements between artisans as to which is better. I like Vermeil (pronounced ver-meal) because it is gold over sterling silver. So if the gold ever starts to wear, what you have underneath is another precious metal instead of a base metal. I also like the color of most vermeil pieces better ... it generally is a 'richer' looking gold color. One reason other artists prefer gold filled metal is that gold filled does use a thicker layer of gold over the base metal compared to vermeil. Both are excellent alternatives to the expense of gold.

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What is Fine Silver?
Fine silver is 99.9% pure silver. More precious than sterling silver (which is only 92.5% silver), fine silver won't tarnish. It's softer than sterling silver but can be "work hardened" for strength.

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