THIS ITEM IS NOT GOLD PLATED IT IS VINTAGE OR ANTIQUE GOLD FILLED. PLEASE READ EPLANATION BELOW DESCRIPTION
Antique 1900s Expansion Bracelet in original box Ameythst paste stone Vintage
1900s Carmen expansion Bracelet in original box.
This is an earlier one. These Carmen bracelets were patented in 1901 and made up to the 1940s. Carmen was the daughter of the founder of DF Briggs Co USA founded in 1892 and the bracelet was named after her. D F Briggs became Briggs Bates and Bacon in 1922 – 1950.
The bracelet is signed on the inside The D F B Co made in the USA, Deluxe and Carmen. It is guaranteed to have a metal purity of at least 10k gold filled. The bracelet is in excellent antique condition and does not look to have every been worn. It has obviously been kept as a valued piece of jewellery for many years and was purchased from an estate sale in the USA.
The bracelet has a centre multi faceted Amethyst coloured stone which is bezel set and I assume is paste or glass. The band stretches to go over the hand and snaps back on the wrist. It will fit a small wrist from 5 inches to a medium 6.75inch wrist. It comes in its original red velvet box with the Carmen Insignia stamped inside. The box is in good antique condition. The stone is 1.2cms wide. The band is 1.3cms wide. The bracelet weighs 24.5gms.
I have attached photos of Carmen and Carmellita bracelets made by this company from early last century. These are photo props only and do not form part of the sale.
This is a stunner.
All measurements and weights are approximate only.
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.