If you’re shopping for gold rings and other types of gold jewelry, you’ll probably run across some terms that are new to you. One of the things lots of people ask our jewelers about is gold-filled jewelry. As a locally-owned jewelry store, Norman Hege Jewelers believes in educating our customers about the fine jewelry and diamonds they’re about to purchase. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about gold-filled jewelry.

What is gold-filled jewelry?

Gold-filled jewelry is made from brass-filled gold tubing. This makes up around five percent of the jewelry’s overall weight. Since it’s such a small percentage, it’s hard to tell the difference between gold-filled and pure gold. In fact, many people who purchase gold-filled rings or other pieces jewelry report that they can’t tell the difference between the weight of their gold-filled jewelry and similar pieces of 14K gold.

Is it different from gold-plated jewelry?

Gold-filled is not the same as gold-plated. For starters, gold-filled jewelry contains more gold than its plated counterparts. In fact, it has approximately 100 times the amount of gold that’s found in gold-plated pieces. Most importantly, gold-filled jewelry won’t flake, wear out, or peel.

How do you clean it?

With proper care, gold-filled pieces will look beautiful for many years. Never use abrasive or harsh chemicals when cleaning this jewelry. For a quick clean, use a soft cloth and a soap and water solution. For something deeper, bring your gold jewelry to our shop for professional cleaning. While it’s there, we can take care of any needed repairs.

Whether you’re shopping for women’s or men’s gold jewelry, look no further than Norman Hege Jewelers. Our Rock Hill jewelry store has a wide selection of gold rings, including ones that are gold-filled. Stop by to talk to our staff and find the one that’s perfect for you!