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This is an expansion bracelet that stretches and goes over the hand to the wrist and then springs back into shape when not being worn. The front cartouche is in the shape of a flower and is rose gold filled with a number of applied layers with centre claw set dark blue centre and amethyst coloured surrounding stones.
The bangle is signed inside Lustern 1/20 12 GF on sterling (sterling dates the item to the 1940s when the base metal used disallowed brass or bronze as they were need for the war effort to make weapons and the more expensive Sterling had to be used by jewellery makers) (Lustern – Louis Stern Co Providence Rhode Island USA 1871-1950)
The bracelet is in excellent vintage condition The bracelet is made with Rose and rare Green Gold filled links with each of the rose gold links being stamped with little violets. Two and even three combined gold tone jewellery was very popular in the 1940s and 1950s.
Will fit a small or medium wrist up to 7 inches or just under 18cms The band is 1.5cms wide and the applied front flower cartouche is 3cms by 3cms Weighs 37.8gms All measurements and weights are approximate only
Good Vintage condition. No dings No dents The bracelet has not been overly stretched and springs back into shape when not being worn on the wrist.
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.