Although the price of solid gold jewellery can vary significantly to plated, solid gold jewellery will last forever and hold its value over time. If you’re trying to determine whether to buy solid gold or gold plated piece, consider whether or not you’re looking for a precious piece that will last a lifetime, or a piece that will wear over time.

Solid Gold vs Gold Plated

Solid gold

Solid gold in its purest form (24 karats) is too soft for everyday wear. As a result, it’s alloyed with a base metal to give it strength and durability. Chupi casts in solid 14k gold using an ancient Egyptian method. Solid gold is highly valued because it doesn’t fade or tarnish and will continue to hold its value over time. A solid gold piece is a lifetime purchase, a future heirloom that will last forever. Solid gold is remarkably robust. We have all seen our grandmother’s rings, still perfect after a lifetime of wear.

Gold Plated

Our gold plated jewellery is made from a base metal of solid sterling silver and plated with a 4 micron layer of 18k gold. Chupi hand carves the original piece, which is then cast in solid sterling silver using an ancient Egyptian method. Each piece is then plated in a thick layer of 18k gold and polished, ready for you to wear and love. Gold plated pieces are beautiful occasion pieces but they aren’t designed to withstand the wear and tear of daily wear. The gold plating that covers your piece will inevitably wear away over time, revealing the sterling silver base layer beneath.

Difference

The obvious difference between solid gold and gold plated is the lifetime guarantee. When you buy a solid gold piece you have not only a tiny piece of our beautiful island, but a future heirloom that will become part of your story. Gold plated pieces require care and attention, where as solid gold is remarkably robust and requires very little care and attention.

We use only the finest precious metals and gemstones in our pieces. We use 14k solid gold, sterling silver, 18k gold plating and 14k gold fill depending on the piece.

More about Solid Gold

Solid gold in its purest form is expressed as 24 karats. Pure gold is too soft for everyday wear, therefore it’s alloyed with a base metal to give it strength and durability. Chupi casts in solid 14k gold using an ancient Egyptian method and the piece is then polished and ready for you to wear and love. Solid Gold is highly valued because it doesn’t fade or tarnish over time.We can also make any piece in 18k gold, email care@chupi.com for more information.

We offer complimentary ring sizing on all solid gold rings. Simply pop into our store in Powerscourt Townhouse or return it to our studio and we can arrange for it to be resized free of charge.

Durability

K stands for Karat, and refers to the percentage of gold in an alloy. Because of its greater percentage of gold, an 18k piece will be more expensive than a 14k piece.

If you are looking for a durable piece, 14k gold pieces offer more resistance to wear and tear because of its higher percentage of alloyed metals. It is an ideal choice for everyday wear and is the most popular choice for engagement and wedding bands.

If you would prefer to buy a solid 18k piece it will last just as long, provided you take very good care of it.

18k Solid Gold

18k gold contains 75% gold and 25% alloyed metals. Because of its greater percentage of gold, 18k gold is more expensive to buy but is much softer than 14k gold.

14k Solid Gold

Solid 14k gold is the most popular type of gold and is preferable for those who live busy or active lifestyles. Solid 14k gold is much more durable than 18k gold, containing 58% gold and 42% alloyed metals.

The Chupi Upgrade Program

We believe in marking moments, making memories and passing on heirlooms. Our Upgrade Program turns your most cherished Chupi pieces from our plated collection into a sparkling solid gold heirloom to be treasured forever. Our solid jewellery is designed to last a lifetime, to carry your story on to the next generation.

As part of our commitment to sustainability, we want to reduce our contribution to landfill and our use of new material sources. Once returned to us, your much loved plated piece will be melted down and recycled back into our supply chain or gifted to one of our incredible charity partners.

Find out more about the Chupi Upgrade Program here.