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THIS ITEM IS NOT GOLD PLATED IT IS ANTIQUE OR VINTAGE GOLD FILLED PLEASE READEXPLANATION FOR VINTAGE AND ANTIQUE GOLD FILLED JEWELLERY BELOW DESCRIPTION)
Vintage 12k Gold Filled Black Enamelled Mourning Jewellery Set.
This is a four piece set. 2 screw back earring signed 1/20 12k gf, Matching Necklace signed by the maker with two B’s inside entwined circles (Binder Bros 1920 – mid century USA) and 12k gf and a matching bracelet that has the addition of oval onyx stones signed binder bros and 12k gf.
The links are like tiles and the fronts have been black enameled and there is applied gold wirework to the tops.
The necklace is 38.5cms or 15 inches long and 1.3cms wide. The bracelet is 7.25 or 18.5cms and the wirework tiles are 2cms wide whilst the oval onyx stones are 1.5cm wide. The earring drop is 2.3cms including the bale.
Weighs 63.7gms in total Good Vintage condition. Clasps work as theyt should
All measurements and weights are approximate only. Great collectible set that can be worn day or night especially cocktail hour or as its intended mourning jewellery
What is Antique and Vintage Gold Filled Jewellery
Vintage Gold fill is an actual layer of gold which has been pressure bonded to another metal. Gold filled is not to be confused with gold plating. Vintage Gold filled is much more valuable and tarnish resistant. It does not flake off, rub off or turn colors. Anyone who can wear gold can wear 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. 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. Vintage and Antique 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. Unfortunately the term gold filled has been hijacked and become generic and is being misused for cheap gold plate jewellery from Asia. Gold plate has no regulations. Vintage Gold Fill does not wear off like gold plate. Vintage Gold filled jewellery even offers more than solid gold such as strength and durability because of the inner metal core as solid gold is a soft metal and tends to dent and bend.
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 maker could choose to mark the jewellery or the box that it came in so that many pieces are not hallmarked with their gold content. Antique and Vintage gold filled jewellery is normally 10k, 12k, or 14k in gold content. Beware of the newer cheap imitations being marketed as gold filled which are in fact imported from Asia. They are not vintage or antique. They are not gold filled. They are cheap gold plate imitations. The term “gold filled” is being misused by unscrupulous sellers.