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9ct gold v 18ct gold vermeil?

(24 Posts)
MitzyLeFrouf Thu 19-Nov-15 17:03:42

I'm buying earrings for someone for Christmas (budget approx £60). I'm not a jewellery person so am a bit clueless about this kind of thing. Is it better to go for a pair of 9ct gold earrings or a pair of 18ct gold vermeil (which is a fancy term for gold plated as far as I can tell).

Which would you plump for?

cardoon Thu 19-Nov-15 17:06:46

I would go for the gold vermeil because it looks lovely and bright which suits me - 9ct gold reminds me of all that I could afford when I was a teenager smile and seems a bit dull

73dexter Thu 19-Nov-15 17:08:05

I would go for the 9ct gold. I'm not a fan of plate.

Sallyhasleftthebuilding Thu 19-Nov-15 17:09:04

Got any pics?

HappyGirlNow Thu 19-Nov-15 17:13:18

9 ct gold every time. Vermeil starts losing its gold plate especially on earrings. Plus it can irritate sensitive ears. And lastly, I ordered something in vermeil. I had to return it as it looked cheap and gaudy.

nilbyname Thu 19-Nov-15 17:14:56

Well the plated ones she'll have to take off for swimming, showering etc. But the vermeil ones are probably prettier...

MitzyLeFrouf Thu 19-Nov-15 17:15:26

18ct gold vermeil option

9 carat option

nilbyname Thu 19-Nov-15 17:16:43

I'd go with real gold

Kennington Thu 19-Nov-15 17:16:59

Go for the 9ct gold
In the end the vermeil won't last. It is just a fancier gold plate.
9ct gold every time! I have learned this the hard way. Monica vinedar quality is awful for this type of thing and the plate rubs off really fast.

HappyGirlNow Thu 19-Nov-15 17:18:43

Yup def the real gold.

MitzyLeFrouf Thu 19-Nov-15 17:23:00


Thinking about it maybe I'll buy something completely different. Don't like the idea of 9ct tarnishing so easily, and don't like the idea of the 18ct plate wearing off.

TattyDevine Thu 19-Nov-15 17:33:24

Would we say 9ct tarnishes? I don't find it does.

Personally I prefer 9ct to vermeil or even 18ct solid simply because it is too yellow otherwise for my skin tone. 14ct rose gold vermeil is fine though. I'm a spring in house of colour language.

Vermeil is plate yes, but it has 100 times the thickness of gold than electroplated and is on a sterling silver base. Depending what it is, it can be re dipped.

I am sensitive to electroplated but due to the thickness of vermeil I can tolerate it.

Tiggeryoubastard Thu 19-Nov-15 17:35:37

9ct doesn't tarnish. I'd go for the gold, buying someone gold plated is a bit naff.

HappyGirlNow Thu 19-Nov-15 17:35:57

I don't find 9ct gold particularly tarnishes..

MitzyLeFrouf Thu 19-Nov-15 17:37:11

Ah okay, google told me it tarnishes but I'm happy to hear it's wrong!

Redcrayons Thu 19-Nov-15 17:46:15

It doesn't necessarily tarnish.
I'm currently wearing my grandmothers 9ct wedding ring and it looks perfect. She wore it every day for 60 odd years.

nilbyname Thu 19-Nov-15 17:46:15

It does not tarnish!

MitzyLeFrouf Thu 19-Nov-15 17:48:35

Sorry for 'tarnishing' your good name 9 ct gold!


Ilovetorrentialrain Thu 19-Nov-15 20:09:38

Def. 9ct real solid gold. Lucky friend!

Kennington Thu 19-Nov-15 22:09:20

How about 9ct rose gold
That has got to be cheaper??

Tiggeryoubastard Thu 19-Nov-15 23:20:54

Rise gold isn't cheaper.

MitzyLeFrouf Fri 20-Nov-15 11:58:57

Interestingly I've found that the brand sold as IBB in John Lewis is significantly cheaper there than the same range which is sold as Pure Luxuries in Debenhams.

John Lewis


MitzyLeFrouf Fri 20-Nov-15 12:50:06

And cheaper again on Amazon.

TrollTheRespawnJeremy Fri 20-Nov-15 16:46:35

Go for 9ct.

What on earth makes people think rose gold would be cheaper?!

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