THIS ITEM IS NOT GOLD PLATED IT IS VINTAGE OR ANTIQUE GOLD FILLED. PLEASE READ EPLANATION BELOW DESCRIPTION
Antique 10kt Gold Filled Locket Expansion Bracelet Bangle
early 1900s to Edwardian 1910
The bracelet is unsigned. It is one of the older ones that I have had for sale. It is a locket expansion bracelet with an applied green and clear stone adornment to the front. The stones are untested and sold as is. They are so bright and shiney that they look brand new. It was sourced from a USA Estate sale is is American made. I suggest it is either an early DF Briggs or Pitman and Keeler who were the first to make the Sweetheart Expansion bracelets in the USA.
The bracelet is unmarked for metal purity but has been tested and guaranteed 10k gold filled. The front has been etched and each alternate link has been stamped. This is an antique rose gold bracelet. Vintage and Antique rose gold is a lot more subtle in colour than todays highly copper infused pink gold found at the local mall jewellery store. If you prefer the more pink gold look then this item is probably not for you.
The bracelet is an expansion type that stretches over the hand and then retracts onto the wrist. So it will fit a small, medium to medium large wrist. The bracelet measures 4.5 inches on the inside when not stretched up to 7.5 inches or just under 18.5cms when it is. The best way to see if it will fit you is to run a soft tape measure around your wrist and leave as much slack as you think is a good comfortable fit for you.
The bracelet is in very good condition with no dings or dents. The front locket cartouche is 2cms across and the band is 1.5cms wide. The bracelet weighs 29.7gms
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.