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What is the difference between gold filled&gold plated?

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rose zhou 
Asked at 2011.06.02 00:58:36

answer lucy liu  Answered at 2011.06.02 00:58:36
Gold-filled and gold-plated jewelry have much in common - they give the appearance of gold at a fraction of the price, are available in a range of jewelry items and are readily available. The difference lies in how gold-filled and gold-plated jewelry are manufactured.Gold FillingGold-filled jewelry is made by filling a hollow tube made of gold with a base metal, such as silver, brass or copper.Gold PlatingGold-plated jewelry is made by adding a layer of gold to a base metal piece, usually by dipping the piece in a liquid gold solution.ConsiderationsAlthough both gold-filled and gold-plated jewelry will use karat gold, gold-filled jewelry is considered superior, due to the fact that the layer of gold is usually much heavier than that deposited by gold-plating.IdentificationGold-filled jewelry made in the U.S. must be stamped. For instance, a 14 karat gold-filled piece would be stamped "14k G.F." Gold-plated jewelry does not have to be stamped.Fun FactGold-filled jewelry can be repaired when the base metal wears through the gold tubing.
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