When it comes to deciding what type of gold you want for your piece, it really comes down to two main factors: how much you want to spend, and how long you want your piece to last.
Solid gold pieces will last virtually forever, but they are the most expensive option when it comes to gold jewelry.
Gold-fill pieces are just a step down from solid gold. For many customers, they offer the ideal balance of price and quality.
Gold-plated pieces are typically the least expensive option, but offer lower quality. These pieces could easily chip or flake and there are few standards about what base metal can be used. In rare designs where we find gold-plated to be necessary, we only use quality Sterling Silver as the base metal.
For more information on each type of gold, click the bolded headings above.
Here's a photo comparison of 14k solid gold and 14k gold fill chains: