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As gold and silver prices continue to soar, other metals that have the look and feel of precious metals become good alternatives in jewelry making. Although this is good news, navigating the differences between these metals can be challenging or even confusing. Gemstone Gallery uses metals with stones in jewelry making.
The following simplifies metal differences used in jewelry making and provides insight into their viability as alternatives to precious metals.
Vermeil is silver overlayed with gold. The value of Vermeil depends a great deal on how much gold is layered on the silver. A thin layer of gold on Vermeil will wear quickly. It should be re-plated with a much thicker layer of gold. The advantage of well plated Vermeil is silver as the base metal. Unlike copper or brass, which is often used in gold plated jewelry, silver makes Vermeil a viable metal.