This item is Not Gold Plated. It is Antique or Vintage Gold Filled. Vintage 12k Gold Filled Rope Design Necklace c1950s. The necklace is hallmarked 12k gf on the clasp and what looks like MK as a makers mark. I do not know this company and have found nothing with my research for their history.This is a thick high quality necklace That graduates in size from 5mm to 1cm in the middle. The necklace is 43cms or 17inches long. The necklace weighs in at a hefty 50gms. All measurements and weights are approximate only. The necklace is in very good vintage condition.
The clasp works as it should. This item is vintage rose gold colour. It is a lot more subtle colour than today's highly copper infused pink gold found at the local mall jewellery store.If you prefer the more pinked up rose gold then this item is probably not for you. What is Vintage or Antique 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. 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. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewellery\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "myprivatecollectionvintagejewellery" and is located in this country: AU. This item can be shipped to Australia, United States, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom.