"Vermeil" literally means "gilded silver" and is a term used to describe the highest quality gold plated items. It is 50 times heavier than standard gold plated items.
Vermeil is 2.5 microns (the thickest possible) of 24K gold plating over sterling silver.
We use vermeil in a lot of our designs because we love to offer the look, feel and timelessness of real gold without the extravagant cost.
"Gold-filled" or "gold overlay", is made by plating a thin layer of gold to a brass (or other base metal) core. We use 14k gold to cover the metal surface, making it tarnish-resistant. The value of gold-filled over base metal is greater than gold-plated over base metal because gold-filled has an actual layer of karat gold, not just a microscopic film. Though gold vermeil is still more valuable than gold fill.
"Gold vermeil" and "Gold-filled" jewelry is economical allowing you to enjoy the warm tones of gold at a fraction of the cost of pure gold.