Jewelry Info and Care

Gold Filled VS Gold Plated

At Tide and Tied, I choose to use Gold Filled materials as often as possible when making jewelry unless I am making solid gold pieces. However there are some unique occasions when gold plated is my only option in which case I will always tell you whats in your piece.

What's the difference between Gold Filled and Gold Plated? Great question!  Gold-Filled and Gold-Plated jewelry offer distinct differences in terms of composition and durability. Gold-Filled pieces are crafted by bonding a thick layer of real gold to a jewelry metal core, ensuring greater longevity and resistance to tarnishing compared to gold-plated items, which feature a thin layer of gold applied to a base metal through electroplating. While both types provide an affordable alternative to solid gold, gold-filled jewelry will retain its luster and appearance because its real gold touching your skin, making it a more sustainable investment. Gold Filled is  typically non reactive for those of you that are allergic to nickel. Additionally, gold-filled jewelry is notably water-resistant and durable, with some pieces even deemed suitable for activities due to their robust construction. I wear my work surfing and have for years. My pieces look exactly the same as when I made them. You may care for them as you would with a solid gold piece. 


To maintain the brilliance of Gold Plated jewelry, it's advisable to avoid exposing them to harsh chemicals, perfumes, or abrasive substances. Gently cleaning with a soft cloth and mild soap can help preserve their shine, while storing them separately in a jewelry box or pouch can prevent scratching and damage.