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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)
c1950s 10k Gold Filled Vase of Violets Book Locket and chain.
The locket is on the bail g gilled for gold filled. It has tested postitive to 10k metal purity. It was sourced from the USA and is American made. All gold filled jewellery in the USA has been regulated with a minimum gold content since 1907 and has to be at least 1/20 10k. The clasp of the chain is also hallmarked as 14k gf. The locket appears as unused.
The locket is a book shape with a chased back and matt gold front that has been etched and carved with a vase and violet flowers. The locket opens and closes securely. The original backing papers, covers and frames are still there for you to place photos.
The locket is in very good condition with no dings or dents. The locket is 2.2cms by 1.8cms not including bail and weighs 15.3 and the chain is 18.25 inches or 46.5 cms Total weight is 6gms. 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.