What is Gold Filled Jewellery?
Vintage gold filled jewellery was constructed from an actual layer of gold pressure bonded to another metal. Gold Filled is not to be confused with Gold Plating. Vintage gold filled jewellery is much more valuable and tarnish resistant. It does not flake off, rub off or turn different colours. Anyone who can wear gold can wear gold filled without concerns of an allergic reaction.
Vintage Gold filled jewellery is made from solid gold and filled with other alloys such as brass, bronze and sterling silver. Think of it like a sandwich with solid gold on the outside and a hard core metal filling. Vintage Gold filled wears, looks and lasts like solid gold because its outer surface IS solid gold.
Antique and Vintage “Gold Filled” jewellery is a term that should only be used for items that were made in the USA and if you are unsure you should ask your seller its origin. Antique and vintage gold filled items were regulated by the US government and the gold content must be at least 1/20 of the weight of the item to have past regulations. Gold filled manufacturing ceased to exist in the 1980s. Unfortunately the term gold filled has now become hijacked and is being misused to market modern mass products that are gold plated or gold washed. As a rule of thumb, if it looks new – it aint true!
The benefit of gold filled jewellery is it’s solid metal core. Unlike hollow solid gold jewellery (which is prone to quickly and easily dent), gold filled jewellery features a strength and durability that stands the test of time.
Please also be aware that Victorian gold filled pieces are generally unmarked for gold content as hallmarking in the USA was not made common place until after 1907. Even then the maker could choose to mark the jewellery itself or simply the box that it came thus some pieces are not hallmarked with their gold content. Rest assured, all of our gold filled pieces are tested for gold content regardless and are guaranteed a minimum of 10kt. Antique and vintage gold filled jewellery is generally found in 10kt, 12kt, or 14kt in gold content.
Life Magazine advertisement from 1956 featuring Hollywood actor Vincent Price gifting his wife a gold filled necklace and bracelet set