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This item is Not Gold Plated. It is Antique or Vintage Gold Filled. Please read eplanation below description:-
14k Gold Filled Heart & Shell Necklace with Genuine Cultured Sea Pearls
Necklace Has applied Hearts and Shells. The shells have a centre cultured pearl. 1960s era.
Signed Krementz on the inner barrel clasp.
(Krementz only ever marked jewellery with their name and not the gold content. All their pieces were 14k gold filled and this was written on a tag inside the bo and a little pamphlet ) (See last two photos which show the pamphlet – Please note these are photo props only and do not form part of this sale)
The necklace is in very good vintage condition with no dings or dents. I do not believe that it has ever been used. It opens and closes well. It came in its original bo with the 14k gold overlay sticker and one that identifies it as cultured pearls. You may have the bo if you desire but it is not in pristine condition (it has a mark on the top of the bo) and you should be aware that it is a bonus only.
The necklace 39cms long. The centre part of the necklace with the applied hearts and pearl shells is 1cm wide. The earrings are screw back Combined Weighs 16.1gms. All measurements 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.