For families that want a gold urn pendant but can't afford to purchase a 14K piece, Urn Garden has an affordable line of high quality gold plated cremation jewelry. Vermiel (pronounced Ver-may) is a combination of sterling silver, gold, and other precious metals. It is a commonly used component in jewelry. A typical example is sterling silver coated with 14 carat (58%) gold. To be considered vermeil, the gold must be at least 10 carat (42%) and be at least 2.5 micrometres thick. In the USA, sterling silver coated with base metal (such as nickel) and plated with gold cannot be sold as vermeil without disclosing that it contains base metal.
When clients purchase cremation jewelry, it's usually with the intent that they want a memento that they can keep close to their heart. If worn every day, the finish on the pendant can begin to show signs of wear over time. As mentioned earlier, the gold plated jewelry is a thin layer over the base metal. The good news is that if needed, the jewelry can be redipped and coated with another layer of gold to restore the finish. Active daily users may want to consider upgrading to a solid 14K pendant for added protection.
The White House has a collection of vermeil tableware kept on display (when not in use) in the Vermeil Room.
The Code of Federal Regulations 16, Part 23.5 defines Vermeil: "An industry product may be described or marked as 'vermeil' if it consists of a base of sterling silver coated or plated on all significant surfaces with gold or gold alloy of not less than 10 karat fineness, that is of substantial thickness and a minimum thickness throughout equivalent to two and one half (2 1/2) microns (or approximately 1/10000ths of an inch) of fine gold."
For families that want high quality urn jewelry, Urn Garden has a wide selection of pendents and bracelets in silver and gold that represent the personality of your loved one. Free silk cord included, gold-filled chains may be ordered separately. The gold urn jewelry that we offer for sale here at Urn Garden is created by American jewelers and manufactured here in the USA. These are quality pieces that will last a lifetime if properly cared for. If you are considering investing in 14K gold, call for a quote and stock availability, as many of the styles are poured to order and due to the fluctuating gold market, prices are dependant on current market values.