What is gold vermeil?

Our jewellery is plated using a technique called vermeil (pronounced ver-may). Vermeil refers to jewellery that is sterling silver plated with gold to a thickness of between 2 and 3 microns. This method produces a more resilient layer of gold that doesn’t wear away. We never use brass. It means our jewellery is hypoallergenic, and it won’t turn your fingers green.

What’s a karat?

The gold we use in our plate is 18 karat (it must be over 10 karats to count as vermeil). A karat is the measure of gold’s purity, with 24 karat gold being the purest you can get. This terminology comes from the measurement of a German gold coin called a mark about a thousand years ago. Just so you know.

How do I look after my gold vermeil?

Vermeil is an unfit, sweat-hating land-lover; make sure you take off your vermeil jewellery before jumping in the pool, shower, or strapping on your lycra.  Keep your pieces gold and gleaming by storing them in their pouch and remember not to buff too hard with your Motley polishing cloth.

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