These Claddagh Earrings are from Shanore's new Gold Vermeil Collection. Made in Ireland
What is Gold Vermeil?
Vermeil (pronounced vehr-may) is a term used to describe high-quality silver jewelry coated with a thicker layer of gold. The term vermeil is regulated, and to be classified as Gold Vermeil, the jewelry must have Sterling Silver as its base metal and be plated with 10k gold (or above) at least 2.5 microns thick.
In other words, vermeil refers to sterling silver jewelry plated with a thick layer of at least 10K (more gold content) pure gold. Gold Vermeil is of higher quality than the other plated jewelry. That is to say, it lasts longer without adding a dent in your wallet.