Pronounced "vermay," vermeil is an electroplating process in which 14K gold or higher is coated over sterling silver. Officially designated by the jewelry industry, items may only be sold as vermeil if they have a minimum thickness of 100 millionths of an inch (2.5 microns) of gold over the silver. Regular gold plating is less than 2.5 microns.
The "vermeil" technique of plating sterling silver with gold originated in France in the 1750s. It differs from "gold filled" or "gold plated" in terms of the thickness or thinness of the microns over sterling silver. "Gold filled" pieces have a much thicker layer, between 15 and 45 microns, which is mechanically bonded to the base metal with heat and pressure. Vermeil is a more expensive version of "gold plated". It does not wear off as quickly as gold plating does. However, over time, vermeil wears off and therefore will require re-plating.
Gold/Platinum Embraced Silver or Bronze:
Our platinum and gold embraced collections feature layers of platinum or gold over sterling silver or bronze for a lustrous, radiant finish everywhere you look and touch.
To care for your plated jewelry items:
About the Collection
Give your wardrobe a boost with the bold and mystical look of Yam Zahav™. Meaning "golden waters" in Hebrew, Yam Zahav is an Israeli jewelry line created by designer Amir Poran. Defined by movement, each piece is the result of Poran's lifelong passion for art, architecture, design and the natural world.
Amir's love of nature and the craftsmanship indicative of Israel and Europe stemmed from his experiences as a boy. Still a powerful influence on his work today, his recent fascination with deep sea fishing drives his current design, as does his fondness for his hometown of Clil, a small ecological village overlooking the beautiful and vast Mediterranean sea. Both serve as powerful inspiration for Yam Zahav.
Alive with delightful personality, every item Amir creates is a true work of art. Because each piece is crafted from 18K Gold Embraced™ bronze or sterling silver, you'll enjoy a stunning, high-end gold look at an every-budget price. The collection features a full assortment of jewelry, including bracelets, earrings, necklaces, bangles and rings. Travel to the ancient region of Israel and discover distinct designer jewelry from Yam Zahav.
About the Guest
Amir Poran was born and raised in the hills of Galilee in Israel. He began learning the craft of jewelry making at a young age and over the following decades, would gather inspirations from a variety of sources and life experiences. Amir's pieces represent his unique point of view, resulting in a jewelry collection that is nothing short of stunning.