This bracelet is made from genuine cultured pearls. The rice pearls are approximately 5x7mm. This bracelet is approximately 7" long with a 3" gold filled extender chain and spring ring clasp. The extender features a Swarovski crystal along with another pearl.
All the metal in this bracelet is gold filled, with the exception of the little daisy spacer on the extender, which is gold vermeil.
In order for jewelry components to be labeled as "Gold filled" they must have at least 1/20, or 5% of their weight in actual gold. Gold plated, however, is not regulated, and normally is only a very thin (like 7 millionths of an inch) layer of gold. What this means is that when you buy gold plated items, the gold will wear off. Gold filled items are always a better value than gold-plated. They are an affordable alternative to solid gold. If you care for them properly (by not using harsh cleaners, etc.) gold-filled items should last a lifetime.
Gold vermeil is sterling silver with a layer of gold that is somewhere in between gold plated and gold filled as follows:
Gold plated: 2 to 7 millionths of an inch
Heavy plated sterling: 40 millionths of an inch or up to 20 times more gold than gold plated
Gold vermeil: 100 millionths of an inch, or 2 1/2 times more gold than the heavy plated sterling and up to 50 times more gold than gold plated.
Gold filled: 5% by total weight, or your best affordable alternative to solid gold.