(THIS ITEM IS NOT GOLD PLATED IT IS ANTIQUE OR VINTAGE GOLD FILLED. PLEASE READ THE EXPLANATION FOR VINTAGE AND ANTIQUE GOLD FILLED JEWELLERY BELOW THE DESCRIPTION) .
Late Victorian early 1900s Rose Gold Filled Locket
Late Victorian 1890s to early 1900s 10k Gold Filled “Gibson Girl” Locket
The locket unbranded and unmarked. It has tested positive fo 10k gold filled. It was sourced from a USA estate and is American made. All gold filled jewellery is regulated in the USA and has been since 1907. It must be at least 10k metal purity and 1/20 in content. The locket is made in a bloomed or roman gold finish which was popular in this area.
Blooming was a popular finishing technique for karat gold jewelry from the Victorian Era and was first documented in 1853. It means to create a bloom finnish which involved dipping the item into a boiling mixture of hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid), saltpeter (potassium nitrate), salt and water.
The locket is round shape and known as a “Gibson Girl” locket. The gibson girl was the personification of the feminine ideal of physical attractiveness as portrayed by the pen and ink illustrations of artist Charles Dana Gibso during a 20 years period that spanned the lated Victorian era through the Edwardian era in the United States and Canada.
The locket opens and closes securely. You can adhere photos inside. Add a chain of your own and wear this beautiful antique piece.
The locket is in very good condition with no dings or dents. The locket is 3.5cms by 3.5cms and weighs 9.4gms. All measurements and weights are approximate only.
See images above of Gibson Girls
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 bo 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.