With so many different metals, gemstones and settings we know that certain words can get lost in translation. Vermeil is exactly one of those.

Vermeil is a type of gold-finished material, in which a thick layer of gold is crafted over solid sterling silver. 10 karats or above is the industry standard for a piece to be classed as ‘vermeil’ – generally the highest quality tend to be 14, 18 and 24 karats depending on the thickness of the jewellery.

To break it down further, the thickness of the gold portion must be a strong 2.5 microns.

Vermeil looks like solid gold to the naked eye and therefore makes its a great alternative for those seeking the truest-to-pure-gold feel without breaking the bank. Vermeil is a versatile material too, and you have the option to give it a sheer gloss finish or letting it tarnish a little for a vintage feel. Vermeil has to have a sterling silver base – so no room for brass or cheaper metals here.

Vermeil jewellery is durable and also a solid pick if you have allergies to metals, as sterling silver is a pure metal.

We recommend following these care instructions to ensure the longest life possible for your jewellery.