Jun 15, 2004, 10:17 AM
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Normally, I use all gold-filled findings, and am well aware of its durability and wearability. I've used gold plated findings in the past, but find that after only a few wearings, the gold is gone, leaving brass behind. (One pair of chain earrings I worked several hours on, the gold wore off after only 1 wearing! -- cheap stuff). So, I'm not real thrilled with regular gold plated stuff. So the question I have is about the durability/wearability of vermeil. I've seen some gorgeous findings -- clasps, bali-style beads, etc. -- in vermeil, but because I don't know how well they will last, I've been hesitant to purchase. How long will the plating on "good" vermeil last, generally speaking, compared to "standard" gold plating? Is it worth investing in the vermeil, or should I just stick to gold filled for the best quality without moving to karat gold?