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I AM NOT GOLD PLATED – I AM VINTAGE OR ANTIQUE GOLD FILLED. SEE EXPLANATION BELOW THE DESCRIPTION.
Vintage c1960s 14k Gold Filled Scarab Bangle with Jade, Carnelian and Tigers Eye Stones
Signed on the clasp Krementz (Krementz USA – 1886-1997).
Krementz only ever marked their jewellery with their name. The metal purity which was always 14k was found on a tag in the box together with an explanatory pamphlet. See last two photos which are props only and not part of the sale. Krementz jewellery was very expensive and only sold in the best Department and Jewellery stores in the USA. Because this quality jewellery lasts the test of time it is highly valued by collectors.
The bangle is in very good vintage condition no dings or dents. I has a side button clasp that opens and snaps shut securely. It has its original safety chain for added security. The bangle has a textured gold finish all around with mirror gold rims and the front have three applied claw set scarab stones in jade, carnelian and tigers eye and gold scrolls.
The bangle his 6.5 inches or 16.5cms on the inner circumference and is 1cm wide and weighs 17.4gms
All measurements and weights are approximate only.
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.