Fabric Focus: Vermeil
The name Vermeil (pronounced Ver-May) has an heir or mystery. We are here to decode the popular jewellery material to help you understand why it is loved by our favourite jewellery brands.
Known as Silver Gilt or Gilded silver, Vermeil is the next best thing to solid gold. If you're looking for investment jewelry this is it. Vermeil jewellery has a sturdy sterling silver base heavily coated in gold plating - usually 14K gold. The combination of precious metal gives this material a unique durability. Unlike solid gold, sterling silver won’t dent or warp as easily - making it the perfect choice for everyday jewellery and rings.
One of the key questions we get asked about our beautiful vermeil pieces is will the plating wear off. Unfortunately the answer is yes. But the good news is that vermeil pieces can easily be re-plated at most jewelers.
When shopping for sustainable jewellery there are a few key points to look out for. Firstly high quality jewellery made from materials like vermeil will ensure the longevity of the piece. Secondly the use of recycled materials and small batch handmade production assists in minimising industry waste. And finally be on the lookout for certifications from bodies such as the Responsible Jewellery Council that ensures policies and processes are regulated to high ethical and sustainable standards.
Which vermeil pieces will become your everyday accessories?