Fairmined Gold Vermeil
What is Fairmined Gold Vermeil?
Vermeil has been used since the 19th Century and is when a thin layer of gold is applied to a solid sterling silver piece. It makes the jewellery look the same colour as gold but without it being solid therefore a cheaper option for gold looking jewellery without compromising on quality.
All the Gold Vermeil pieces have a thick layer of 18ct yellow gold (on average 3 microns) applied over the top of the silver making it the most durable gold plating option possible- about five times thicker than conventional gold plating.
Normal ‘Gold Plating’ is a very thin layer of gold and can be applied over the top of any base metal which usually isn’t silver and could be hiding a cheap metal such as brass or bronze. Because the jewellery is made to last and of the highest quality, no base metals are used and Hannah only works with solid silver, gold and platinum.
Gold to be Proud of
Traceable down to the exact mine
Kind to People and the Environment
At Hannah Bourn jewellery all materials are selected to be kind to people and the environment. Consequently, only fairmined gold vermeil is used which means that the gold covering the silver is 100% traceable down to the exact mine and company it has been sourced from.
Be Kind to your Jewellery
To keep your gold vermeil lasting as long as possible keep away from harsh chemicals, do not wear in water (including showers and swimming) and store in an air tight jewellery bag or box when not wearing. The linen pouches that come with every purchase are perfect for this to avoid tarnish. Just like the earth, yourselves and others around you, please treat your jewellery kindly and care for it to help retain its beauty. Do not expect Vermeil to never wear off over time, especially if the item is worn daily.
If your gold vermeil does eventually wear away and you would like your piece restoring to bright shiny gold as good as the day you received it, please get in touch for our reconditioning service. Hannah can also make any piece or commission in solid gold so please get in touch for a bespoke enquiry at firstname.lastname@example.org