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(THIS ITEM IS NOT GOLD PLATED IT IS ANTIQUE OR VINTAGE GOLD FILLED. PLEASE READ THE EXPLANATION FOR VINTAGE AND ANTIQUE GOLD FILLED JEWELLERY BELOW THE DESCRIPTION) IF USING THE PHONE APP HIT THE MORE+ BUTTON FOR FULL DESCRIPTION, SIZING ETC.
Vintage c1940s Rose Gold Filled Lovers Knot Design Bracelet with Garnets
Lovers knot design links with bezel set multi faceted garnet stones (untested and sold as is) The bracelet is 1.3cms wide and the stones are approimately 6mm. The bracelet is 18.5cms or 7.25 inches long. The bracelet has a fold over clasp that works as it should. The clasp is signed 12k gf Sturdy (Sturdy USA) The bracelet is vintage rose gold which differs in colour from today’s highly copper infused pink gold found at the local mall jewellery chain. If you prefer the more modern pinked up gold then this item is probably not for you. Weighs 14.3 gms. Very good vintage condition. No dings or dents and clasp works well. Sturdy lived up to their name making high quality sturdy and solid jewellery items that have lasted the test of time.
About the maker:- In 1849, John F., and James H. Sturdy, who had conducted a die forging and jewelry manufacturing business at Providence, R. I., removed to Attleboro, where they located at Robinsonville, and evolved a method of producing what is known to the jewelry trade as rolled or stock plate. With Herbert M. Draper, they formed the firm of Draper, Sturdy & Company and introduced into Attleboro the manufacture of rolled gold plated stock and jewelry. They were philanthropists in a way as they disclosed their production secrets to other local manufacturers, many of whom adopted the new method, which soon became universally used by local concerns. The J. F. Sturdy’s Sons Co., successor to the original group carries on business today, in North Attleboro. (this article was in 1930) Basically they appeared to be the inventor of Antique Gold Filled Jewellery.
All measurements and weights are approimate 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 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.