Gold-filled items are made by combining a layer, or layers, of gold alloy to a base metal (usually brass), then rolling or drawing the metal to the desired thickness and shape. It has a long life and can be worn by most people without reactions or difficulties.
Gold-finished, also called gold color or "washed," is a base metal of brass or steel which is electroplated with a non-standardized thickness of gold.
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- Michelle Wood, Jewelry-Making Expert