(THIS ITEM IS NOT GOLD PLATED IT IS ANTIQUE OR VINTAGE GOLD FILLED PLEASE READ EPLANATION FOR VINTAGE AND ANTIQUE GOLD FILLED JEWELLERY BELOW THE DESCRIPTION)
c1900s Edwardian Art Nouveau Gold Filled Bangle.
The bangle is in very good antique condition. There are no issues to disclose that I can see apart from some minute filing marks inside the shank where someone has tested it for gold content. The bangle has a push button clasp that works as it should and opens to reveal an inner safety bar. The bar has been stamped by the maker S& B L & Co and a patent date of what looks to be 10 sept 00 or 10 for 1900 or 1910 (S&B L Co USA S B Leder company founded 1878-unknown)
The bangle has no dings or dents and isin very good antique condition. The camera is throwing magnified shots of solder makes obviously used in the making. Much less pronuced in real life viewing of the bangle. The bangle has a mirro gold finish all around with the split front having an applied and intricate adornment of beading and scrolls. There is a centre monogram area where you can have your name or initials engraved. The bangle is made in antique rose gold colour. Antique and vintage gold is a lot more subtle in colour than todays highly copper infused pinked up gold found at the local mall jewellery store. If you prefer the more pinked up colour then this item is probably not for you.
The inner circumference of the bangle is 19.5cms or 7.75 inche so it will fit a larger wrist. The front cartouche is just under 10cms long and 3cms wide. The shank of the bangle is 1cm wide and it weighs 28gms
The item is unmarked for gold purity as was normal for its era It is guaranteed to be at least 10k gold filled.
Very collectable and wearable antique item.
What is Antique and Vintage Gold Filled Jewellery?
Vintage Gold fill is a layer of gold which has been pressure bonded to another metal. Vintage Gold filled jewellery should not be confused with gold plating. Vintage Gold filled jewellery is much more valuable and a great alternative to the more epensive solid gold. Unlike gold plated jewellery, vintage and antique gold filled jewellery does not flake, rub off or turn different colors. If you can wear solid gold jewellery you wear vintage gold filled without worries 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 metal filling or core. Vintage Gold filled wears, looks and lasts like solid gold because its outer surface IS solid gold.
“Gold Filled” jewellery is a term that should only be used for items that were made in the USA and sometimes Canada. Unfortunately the term gold filled has now been hijacked and is being misused for cheap gold plate jewellery from Asia. Gold plate has no regulations and is a thin spray of gold over a metal base which will chip and wear and the base metal is usually a cheap nickel.
If you are unsure about a piece of jewellery ask the seller for the origin of the piece. Good Vintage and Antique jewellery sellers will know the origin and be happy to tell you.
Vintage and Antique gold filled items were regulated by the US government early last century and the gold content must be at least 1/20 of the weight of the item and at least 10K. Vintage Gold Fill does not wear off like gold plate. Vintage Gold filled jewellery offers even more than solid gold such as strength and durability. Solid gold is a very soft metal and tends to bend and dent where the inner metal core of vintage and antique gold filled jewellery helps to prevent this.
Please also be aware that Victorian gold filled pieces are generally unmarked for gold content and hallmarking in the USA did not generally happen until after 1907. Even then the jewellery maker could choose to mark the jewellery or the bo that it came in so many pieces are not hallmarked with their gold content. Antique and Vintage gold filled jewellery is normally 10k, 12k, or 14k in gold content. English equivalent jewellery is Rolled Gold which is usually 9ct and sometimes 15ct and 18ct
I reiterate to beware of the newer cheap imitations being marketed as gold filled which are in fact imported from Asia with many being described as 18k. They are not vintage or antique or 18k. They are not gold filled. They are cheap gold plate imitations.
The term “gold filled” is being misused by unscrupulous sellers and hence denigrated and I hope this eplanation assists prospective buyers to better understand the difference between genuine gold filled vintage and antique jewellery and modern inferior imitation jewellery.