Gold-plate is a very thin deposit of gold, electroplated or electrochemically applied to the piece. The industry standard is 0.15 to 0.25 mils thickness of gold-plating to the surface of the base metal; it is a very small fraction of an inch thickness (1/1000 inch to 1/1,000,000 or so). Heavy gold electroplate might be 0.002 or 0.003 inches thick. Gilt is another term used, which means there is a very thin finish of gold color over the base metal which may or may not actually be gold.
Products sold by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® are intended for experienced jewelry-makers and designer-artists; children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.
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