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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 is a married set of c1940s 10k gold filled Necklace and 12k gold filled Bracelet
Great match. The style was called Gas pipe.
The bracelet is signed 12k gf and CA with an arrow through it (Carl Art USA – 1936-1976) and the necklace is signed 10k gf and PS Co (PS Co -USA Plainville Stock Company 1896-present)
It is a collar necklace It is 14 inches or 35 cms with some stretch. The bracelet is 17.5cms or 7 inches with some stretch. The necklace and bracelet are both 8mm wide. Weighs 40.5gms combined
Good Vintage condition.
(advertisements are photo props only not part of sale see last three photos)
I also recently saw Gene Tierney wearing it in the movie Leave her to Heaven in the scene where she meets Cornel Wilde on the train. That movie was made in 1945. See photos and also note Ann Sheridan wearing the same necklace in The Unfaithful in 1947. The last two advertisements from 1940s magazines show similar items made by two other jewellery makers Walter Lampl and Forstner
So you can see it was a very popular design
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.