Gold Filled Piercings vs Solid Gold Piercings

Gold Filled Piercings vs Solid Gold Piercings

With so many types of earrings available out there, it can be a bit confusing as to which one is the right fit for you, especially when it is as serious as a piercing.

Let's get down to the basics.

What is Gold Filled, and what is Solid Gold? Gold Filled is actually the closest alternative to Solid Gold, which makes it the most durable and affordable option compared to Solid Gold.

So, how do you know which of these to pick for your ear stack? Keep reading to find out whether your next piercing should be in 18K Gold Filled or 14K Solid Gold!

18K Gold Filled

Gold Filled jewelry has a thick layer of 5% solid gold bonded onto the base layer, usually brass or sterling silver. For all of our Gold Fill Piercing Earrings we have used Sterling Silver as the base to minimise any chance of irritations.

It is long-lasting, doesn't tarnish, and is an affordable alternative for many, especially for those who love to swap their piercing pieces around often (after their piercings have healed, of course).

We only recommend our 18K Gold Fill Piercing Earrings for those that have fully healed piercings.  

14K Solid Gold

Solid Gold jewelry on the other hand is made with 58.5% solid gold mixed with other alloys, which makes it super durable and longer lasting. If cared for properly, Solid Gold can last a lifetime. It is perfect to get pierced with as it is hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin types. 

We only pierce with our 14K Solid Gold Piercing pieces and generally recommend them for all fresh and healing piercings. If you generally have sensitive skin or intend to keep a piercing earring in for a long duration of time we would recommend our 14K Solid Gold Piercing earrings. 

Still want to learn more about 14K Solid Gold? We've collated a 14K Solid Gold FAQ just for you.

 What about 9K Solid Gold?

We also have 9K Solid Gold ear piercings for those who are looking for an in-between. These are made with 37.5% gold mixed with other alloys. It is generally not recommended to pierce with this material as the solid gold percentage is not high enough to ensure biocompatibility. Our Solid Gold Collection is made with 9K Solid Gold as this collection comprises of many timeless and classic designs that we felt could last the test of time. These pieces are priced competitively for Solid Gold making them a great entry point for those wanting to start their own Solid Gold Collection.

At S-kin Studio, we offer all these tiers of gold jewelry and hope that you'll find the perfect piece for you! If you have any questions, feel free to chat with our team by emailing us at

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