Silver with 14K Gold Overlay (SS/14K)
Our SS/14K quality mark denotes an EL precious metal laminate first used by Ed over 50 years ago. A 14K sheet is bonded to a sterling sheet, then rolled or formed into flat sheet, wire or tube.
This special metal ranges from 20-34% 14K by weight. It has served our customers exceedingly well for over a third of a century. Our SS/14K laminate should not be confused with vermeil or gold-filled.
Vermeil is a thin electroplating, measured in microns, each only 4 millionths of an inch thick and virtually un-measurable as a percentage of the metal’s weight. Gold-filled is a process by which a layer of at least 10k gold has been mechanically bonded to a base metal.
Laminating (our SS/14K) and electroplating (vermeil) have nothing in common in regards to process, wear, quality or cost.