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What is "Pure Gold"?

Pure Gold is 24 Karat, meaning 24 out of 24 parts are gold.  The purity of gold is measured in carat weight. The term “carat” comes from “carob seed,” which was standard for weighing small quantities in the Middle East. Carats were the fruit of the leguminous carob tree, every single pod of which weighs 1/5 of a gram (200 mg).

 

Why is 24K gold not used to produce all gold objects and jewelry?

24 Karat gold is too soft to be functional, so it is alloyed with other metals for durability, cost and color.  18 Karat gold is 18 parts gold out of 24 parts with the remaining 6 parts being of other metals.  These other metals are usually a combination of copper, nickel or zinc.

 

Does "The House of Solid Gold" produce "Vermeil" products?

All 24K gold products produced by The House of Solid Gold fall in the category of being a "Vermeil", unless otherwise stated.  The House of Solid Gold goes to great extremes to assure the customer receives the highest quality in all of its custom pieces.  Many of our 24K gold products are supplied by other sources and either cannot be made with a silver base metal or have other base metals such as aluminum or steel.  Examples of these are our 24K gold eyewear and our 24K gold Extreme Mountain Bike.  For durability and long term strength, these types of products would not do well with a sterling silver base.

 

What is Vermeil?  (Pronunciation: ver-MAY)

Vermeil is a metal made by coating a base of pure sterling silver with pure gold that is at least 10 karat and a minimum of 2.5 microns thick (100/1,000,000 inch).  The House of Solid Gold uses only  24K gold for this process.

The term vermeil cannot be used if the sterling is covered with a base metal before being coated with gold unless the presence of the base metal is disclosed.

The House of Solid Gold promotes quality products by using pure sterling silver and overlaying pure 24K gold whenever possible.  Vermeil gold pieces are considered extremely durable when compared to other commonly gold plated objects.

Are all the "Timepieces" offered on THSG website made of solid gold?

Yes, All of The House of Solid Gold timepieces are made of only pure solid gold, usually almost always 18K gold and occasionally 14K gold for a rare Rolex.  We take pride in offering you only the rarest and most sought after wristwatches in the world.  

 

If I am looking for a special "Timpiece" not offered, can you find me one?

Yes, The House of Solid Gold has contacts worldwide.  Quite often, we are able to locate your request.  Call (310) 283-6774 or email hugh@thehouseofsolidgold.com 

 

 

 
 


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