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Why Choose Sterling Silver as the Base for Gold Vermeil Jewelry?

Whether you're a seasoned collector or a first-time jewelry enthusiast, prepare to be mesmerized by the symphony of colors and designs that awaits in our treasures. Join us as we delve into the exquisite artistry of 14K gold vermeil jewelry and discover the perfect piece to adorn your unique style and preferences.

While most of our jewelry is handcrafted with gold-plated or rhodium-plated brass, a small selection of our pieces is made with .925 sterling silver as the base metal. We finish the silver with 14K gold vermeil or rhodium for a brilliant finish. Most customers are surprised to learn that gold vermeil is at a minimum 5 times thicker than gold plating.

Some of our collectors prefer sterling silver with 14K gold vermeil for a number of reasons. We don't think sterling silver is necessarily better than brass, but it's definitely different. In this blog post, we'll explain what makes .925 silver unique and why you may consider choosing it for your next jewelry piece.

What Is Sterling Silver With Gold Vermeil?

Sterling silver coated with gold vermeil is a captivating fusion of two precious materials, combining the timeless allure of sterling silver with the opulence of gold. In this exquisite jewelry crafting process, a core base of high-quality sterling silver forms the foundation of the piece. Subsequently, a thin layer of genuine gold is meticulously applied onto the surface of the silver through a specialized electroplating technique. 

The result is a dazzling creation that showcases the lustrous golden finish on the outside while benefiting from the inherent elegance and value of sterling silver within. This enchanting combination allows jewelry enthusiasts to revel in the luxurious radiance of gold while also savoring the lasting beauty and craftsmanship of sterling silver, creating an alluring and cherished accessory for any occasion.

What Is Rhodium-Plated Sterling Silver?

Rhodium-plated sterling silver elevates the allure of traditional silver jewelry to new heights. In this crafting process, sterling silver forms the core base of the piece, lending its timeless charm. A layer of rhodium, a rare and precious metal from the platinum group, is meticulously applied to the surface of the silver through a specialized electroplating technique. 

The result is a stunning transformation, as the rhodium infusion enhances the jewelry's brilliance and creates a captivating, mirror-like shine. Rhodium's inherent properties also grant the jewelry superior resistance to scratches, tarnish, and discoloration, ensuring that the piece retains its lustrous appearance for years to come. The marriage of sterling silver and rhodium exemplifies both elegance and resilience.

Examples of Sterling Silver Styles

Sterling Silver Orange Seashell & Chalcedony Buttons - Indulge in the timeless elegance of our 14K gold vermeil .925 sterling silver button earrings adorned with a mesmerizing array of semi-precious stones, including Orange Seashell, Chalcedony, and Clear Quartz. These feature a convenient hook for removable drops and measure 1" X 3/4".

Chrysoprase & Lapis Vermeil Necklace - Discover the epitome of versatility with our Convertible 2-Way Necklace, meticulously handcrafted in New York City. Adorned with a striking combination of Blue Quartz, Lapis, Clear Quartz, and Chrysoprase semi-precious stones, this exquisite piece showcases removable pendants, allowing you to effortlessly transform your look.

Moonstone, Turquoise & Chrysoprase Earrings - Embrace celestial beauty with our handcrafted Moonstone, Turquoise & Chrysoprase Convertible Earrings, gracefully blending semi-precious stones for a harmonious allure. These versatile earrings, lovingly handmade in New York City, feature a luxurious combination of 925 Sterling Silver with 14K Gold Vermeil.

The Pros and Cons of Brass vs. Sterling Silver for Gold-Plated and Gold Vermeil Jewelry

Pros of Brass

Affordability and Accessibility: Brass offers an alluring combination of beauty and affordability, making it an excellent choice for those with a budget in mind. It allows you to own a luxurious piece of jewelry without breaking the bank.

Durable and Sturdy: Brass is a robust metal that can withstand daily wear and tear. Its strength makes it ideal for creating intricate designs, ensuring your cherished jewelry piece stands the test of time.

Cons of Brass

Potential Allergenic Reactions: Some individuals may experience skin sensitivity to brass due to its composition, which includes copper. While the gold-plating reduces direct contact with the metal, those with sensitive skin may prefer other options.

Limited Prestige: Brass, being an alloy metal, lacks the prestige and status associated with precious metals. Some customers may prioritize the exclusivity and luxury associated with jewelry made from precious metals.

Benefits of Sterling Silver With Gold Vermeil

Elegance and Versatility: Sterling silver possesses a timeless elegance that complements any gemstone effortlessly. Its neutral silver hue enhances the brilliance of the gold vermeil, creating a harmonious blend of colors that exude sophistication.

Hypoallergenic Properties: Sterling silver is well-known for its hypoallergenic properties, making it an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin. The absence of nickel in most sterling silver alloys reduces the risk of allergic reactions.

Con of Sterling Silver

Higher Cost: Compared to brass, sterling silver is generally more expensive due to its precious metal status. However, the lasting quality and luxurious feel of sterling silver justify the investment for many jewelry enthusiasts.

Softness of Sterling: One important aspect to consider when opting for sterling silver in gold vermeil jewelry is its inherent softness. Unlike brass, which possesses greater durability, sterling silver is a softer metal. While this characteristic allows for intricate and delicate designs, it also means that the jewelry may be more prone to certain forms of wear and damage.

Why Collectors May Choose Gold Sterling Silver With Gold Vermeil

While Bounkit predominantly offers gold-plated brass as the base metal for its handcrafted jewelry, the availability of sterling silver for select pieces holds a special appeal. For some, sterling silver represents a timeless elegance that beautifully complements the brilliance of Bounkit's colorful gemstones. 

Moreover, the inherent hypoallergenic properties of sterling silver make it a preferred choice for those with sensitive skin, ensuring a comfortable and irritation-free wearing experience. Embracing sterling silver as the foundation for their cherished Bounkit pieces, these collectors not only indulge in a luxurious and versatile accessory but also acquire a lasting heirloom that transcends fleeting trends.

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