Gold vermeil (pronounced “ver-may”) means each design contains a sterling silver core coated in a thick outer layer of 14-karat gold. Due to this sterling silver core, gold vermeil is naturally hypoallergenic and can be highly durable when properly cleaned and stored. Unlike “gold plating” which often refers to a thinner coating around lower quality alloy metals, gold vermeil has a layer of gold that is, by definition, at least 2.5 microns thick, making it more durable and higher quality than gold plating.
Gold vermeil is, however, slightly more delicate than gold-filled jewelry, so make sure you maintain long-lasting shine by avoiding chemicals and abrasives, cleaning your piece with a dry cloth, and always storing it in your Quill storage pouch. Keeping your gold vermeil dry will also prolong the life of your piece.