Solid Gold: Solid gold jewelry is the most valuable form of jewelry you can buy.
The purest form of gold is 24 carats and is very yellow in color and soft in texture, therefore not ideally durable for wearing as jewelry.
That's how we receive 18K, 14K, 10K gold - often mixed (aka ‘alloyed’) with other metals to make it more durable.
Gold will continue to hold it’s value over time and will last forever as long as it is cared for properly. Some of my favorite pieces are from my grandparents or older relatives from decades ago.
..Why I choose not to sell gold fill or gold plated..
Gold Fill : A fraction of the cost of solid gold because it is made by bonding gold to a base metal to give it the "appearance of gold". Over time, gold filled jewelry does not wear well and will not hold value like a solid gold piece will.
Gold Plated: aka what i consider "fast fashion" gold. It is the lowest quality and contains only a very thin layer of gold charged onto a base metal. It has an average lifespan of up to a year (with minimal exposure to moisture). This is what most "fashion" pendant and ring brands are selling.
It has such a minute amount of gold, any friction will cause the plating to rub off, leaving only a piece of dull metal. Most base metals used in gold plated jewelry tend to turn your skin green or cause allergic reactions.
Know what you're paying for.