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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 Genuine Onyx and Real Cultured Pearl Bracelet and Necklace Set. The set has been done in the Victorian Revival style and is c1950s. Signed on both the bracelet and the necklace at the back A&Z 1/20 12k gf. (A& Z – Carl Anshen and Saul Zietlin USA 1905-1975
This is a beautiful cocktail or mourning set. The links and cartouch of the two pieces are very reminiscent of Victorian jewellery The pendant attched to the necklace and to the bracelet have a bezel set onyx stone together with a centre real cultured pearl. Also applied to each are flowers in green gold and on the pendant necklace a larger flower near the bail in rose gold.
The necklace if 43.5cms long or 17 inches. The attached pendant hangs 5cms (including the bail) by 3cms wide and the chain of the necklace if 6mm wide. The matching bracelet is 17.5cms or just under 7 inches long. The centre attached pendant is 3.2cms by 3cms. The pearls are 5mm and the onyx is 2cms long on both pieces. Total weight of 35.1gms
The two items are in excellent vintage condition and do not appear to have been much used.
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.