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Vintage c1940s 12K Gold Fill Expansion Flower Bracelet
This expansion bracelet is signed and hallmarked inside Lustern 12k gf 1/20 gf on sterling. (Lustern – Louis Stern Co 1871-1950) Being on sterling dates the piece to the World War II era as brass was prohibited to jewellers during the war because it was needed to make weapons. Instead the jewellery makers had to turn to sterling as the base metal. This was much more expensive than brass had previously cost but produced a very high quality item.
This is an expansion bracelet that stretches and goes over the hand to the wrist and then springs back into shape when not being worn. The front cartouche is in the shape of a flower with two gold balls at each end and claw set Red coloured stones. The band of the bracelet has alternate yellow and rose gold links. The rose gold links are stamped with little centre violets.
The band is 1.5cms wide and the bracelet will fit a medium to large wrist up to 7 inches Weighs 36.5gms. All measurements are approximate only.
Good Vintage condition. No dings No dents The bracelet has not been overly stretched and springs back into shape when not being worn on the wrist.
This beautiful bracelet is not perfect which is reflected in the price. Sometimes not always one of the links pops out when you are stretching it over the hand. It is easily popped back in and not seen when being worn on the wrist. If it bothers you perhaps you can get a jeweller to fix the flaw. If not then you have purchased a bargain buy.
(All measurements 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 expensive 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 box 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 explanation assists prospective buyers to better understand the difference between genuine gold filled vintage and antique jewellery and modern inferior imitation jewellery.