c1960s 14k Gold Filled Onyx Caduceus Tie Bar
Signed by the maker Krementz Krementz only ever marked their jewellery with their name. The gold content was on the little tag in the box and it also came with a little pamphlet (see last photo, this is a photo prop only and not part of the listing nor does the magazine (1964) advertisement showing similar cufflinks)
Krementz was high quality well made and very expensive jewellery and only found in the best department stores and jewellery stores. It is very highly sought after by collectors.
The tie bar has a mirrored gold background with a bezel set onyx stone and an applied yellow gold caduceus.
No issues to disclose that I can see. Great vintage item.
I have two of these available.
Please note that vintage and antique rose gold is more subtle in colour than todays highly copper infused pink gold found at the local mall jewellery store. If you prefer the more pink colour then this item is probably not for you.
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.