At Azendi, we are renowned for our distinctive sterling silver designs, but maybe you prefer the warm tones of rose gold, or you really suit yellow gold jewellery? To increase the colour choices available to you we now also produce many of our designs in 18ct gold vermeil.
Gold vermeil is a process that allows us to create exciting jewellery with the look of gold, but with a price only marginally more expensive than sterling silver. So what exactly is gold vermeil? For our 18ct gold vermeil jewellery, we use 18ct gold electroplated onto sterling silver. The difference between vermeil and standard gold plating is that vermeil consists of a much thicker layer of 18ct gold (at least 2 microns thick) which is chemically bonded to the underlying precious metal.
As a precious metal every single piece of our vermeil jewellery complies with the Hallmarking Act, and as such all gold vermeil items weighing over 7.73g are sent for independent testing and marking at Edinburgh Assay Office. The jewellery will be tested and hallmarked ‘925’ sterling silver; a mark of quality and assurance.
You have probably heard of “gold plating” – this usually refers to flash plating, popular with manufacturers of costume jewellery. Flash plating is where a very thin layer of gold (less than 0.25 microns thick), is plated to a base metal to give it a gold appearance. As well as being low quality, it has very low resistance to wear and is a very inexpensive way to give the appearance of a gold colour. The base metal underneath will not be precious and would normally be a cheap material such as steel or brass.