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(THIS ITEM IS NOT GOLD PLATED IT IS ANTIQUE OR VINTAGE GOLD FILLED PLEASE READ EXPLANATION FOR VINTAGE AND ANTIQUE GOLD FILLED JEWELLERY BELOW DESCRIPTION)
This is12k Gold Filled Large Oval Locket Applied Rose Green Gold Accents
What a stunner. This locket and chain is in very good antique condition.
The locket is large oval shaped with chased back with mirror finish rims and matt gold front with mirror finish rims and etched forget me knots. The centre has an applied green and rose gold forget me knot flower.
The chain is 23.5 inches or 60cms and is original to the locket. It is signed 12k gf with two b’s in a circle as is the bail (Binder Bros USA – New York 1920-unknown). The locket is no doubt also signed and hallmark underneath the backing papers however they are stuck in and I do not wish to remove and make unsightly). The locket is guaranteed 12k gold filled.
This is a rare collectible and wearable locket. Everything about it is big the locket the chain the bail. The locket is 5cms by 4cms. The chain is thick at approximately 4mm and the total weight is 37.3gms.
Would make a great Memorial or Remembrance Locket as the photos you could place inside are larger than normal lockets.
Waiting to be worn by its next owner and past down as a family heirloom
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.