(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 Vintage 12k Gold Filled Round Locket with Applied Pink and Turquoise Stone
The locket is in very good vintage condition. No dings or Dents. Opens and snaps shut securely.
The locket is not marked however the original chain is marked as 12k gf and Du Barry FA (DuBarry Fifth Avenue was located in New York City. Not much is known about this company, but it is said to have produced jewelry from the 1940’s to the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. DuBarry Fifth Avenue used various marks including DFA and a shield with D, then DuBarry, then FA, under a crown. Much of their jewelry was marked with hang tags only)
The locket is 2cms by 2cms not including the bail. The chain is 45cms or 17.75 inches. Total weight is 9.3gms. All weights and measurements are approximate only.
The locket is really pretty. The back is a mirror gold finish and the front is also with applied green gold leaves and a pink stone and turquoise stone flower. (Stones are untested and sold as is) Inside are two frames where you can house small photos.
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.