Real Gold vs Gold Plated

Real Gold vs Gold Plated

If you are a jewelry enthusiast, you need to understand the difference between real gold jewelry and gold plated jewelry. Luckily TYS Jewelers has all of the information to fill you in about the difference so you can make an informed decision when purchasing gold. 

It is often said that all that glitters is not gold, and the same is true for any metal other than a piece of solid gold. Real gold is a timeless piece of jewelry, and having it in your collection increases the overall monetary value of your collection. Investing in real gold is a solid investment in terms of the financial market as well as the jewelry market. 

Gold plated jewelry on the other hand is cheap metals or nonmetals that are coated with a thin layer of gold which is electrically charged to the base of the cheap metal. This type of jewelry is the cheapest and lowest quality type of gold found on the market, and comparing it to real gold is a stretch at best. Further gold plating was not initially designed to be passed off as real gold; rather it designed to be added on to copper or brass jewelry to give it an antique or vintage look. 

Real gold is the real deal, and it is worth immensely more than gold plated jewelry. With real gold, worth is measured in purity and represented in karats. 18K gold for instance is 75% pure, 22K gold is 92% pure, and 24K gold is 99.9% pure. As purity goes up though, durability goes down. Jewelry with higher gold content is softer and more vulnerable. As a result, types of jewelry commonly reflect their gold content. 22K gold for instance is typically used for necklace or earrings. 

The last difference between real gold and gold plated jewelry is that real gold will never lose its shine. The gold on gold plated jewelry however will eventually wear away, revealing the cheap metal underneath. While gold plated jewelry is cheaper up front, it might cost more down then road when you have to buy to replace it or get it plated again from a specialist. There are precautions individuals can try and prolong the lifespan of a gold plated piece of jewelry, but it simply does not compare to real gold. 

Consult the experts at TYS Jewelers today to learn more about real gold and gold plated jewelry and browse our enormous selection!