What is Gold Vermeil? Vermeil (French for silver, pronounced ver-may) refers to a variety of gold-coated metal. For metal to be considered vermeil, it needs to meet three main trade criteria:
- The base of the metal must be of sterling (92.5%) or fine (99.9%) silver. This is why vermeil is also known by its other names: Silver Gilt or Gilded Silver
- The purity of the gold must be of at least 10 karats
- The thickness of the gold coat should consist of a minimum of 2.5 microns (0.0025 millimeters)
If these three criteria are not met, then the metal becomes gold-filled or gold-plated. You can also find gold vermeil in other colors such as rose gold.
Gold vermeil allows the jeweler to create beautiful gold jewelry designs, without the expense of using solid gold. Gold vermeil jewelry is crafted only using precious metals so it is more hypoallergenic and it gives the wearer the option of wearing gold jewelry at a much lower cost than solid gold.
Recycled Silver + Gold - We work with recycled silver and gold to reduce our environmental impact, and conduct due diligence to ensure that the silver and gold is certified recycled content from scrap or post-consumer sources.
Solid Gold - Our 10K and 14k solid gold pieces are made to last forever. 10K and 14k gold will not oxidize or discolor, so you can wear your jewelry every day, everywhere.
Diamonds + Stones - Our diamonds and stones are responsibly sourced from suppliers who follow conflict-free and socially responsible practices.
The Pirate + The Gypsy is a Canadian-based sustainable bespoke jewelry studio and private boutique located in New Westminster, BC. We create heirloom pieces using ecologically conscious materials and practices. All collections are crafted with high-quality hypoallergenic recycled metals. We want to do good for the planet. For every piece of jewelry purchased ONE Tree is planted through our partnership with ONE Tree Planted.
The Pirate + The Gypsy was founded by Paula + Joel Godden in 2015. Paula celebrates her Greek, Polish and Romani history and embraces the word gypsy as a way to reclaim the beauty behind the culture and spirit of the Romani people.