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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)
Vintage R F Simmons (R F Simmons USA 1885-1974) know for their stunning rock crystal jewellery and watch chains.
Art Deco Black and Clear
Black and Clear Crystal Necklace and Earring Set
c1930s strung on chain and in various crystal shapes including biccone, teardrop and round. The crystals are multifaceted and have gold filled spacers. The matching earrings are screw back. They can be converted to pierced quite easily I would think if necessary.
R F Simmons only ever hallmarked their jewellery with the word Simmons and not for gold metal purity however the necklace and earrings is guaranteed to be at least 10k gold filled as required by US laws.
The necklace is 41cms or 16 inches long and graduates in size from 4mm to 1.5cms approximately. The earrings hand 4.5cms. Necklace weighs 39.8gms
Excellent Antique vintage condition. The set gives the appearance of rock crystal rather than glass or lead crystal but is untested and sold as is. It is a fabulous rare and collectible set of jewellery.
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.