Gold Filled (GF): A process by which a relatively thick layer of gold is mechanically applied to a base metal and fused by heat and pressure. The layer must be at least 10K gold and 5% of the total weight of the item. Gold Overlay and Rolled Gold Plate is the same as GF, except only 2.
GOLD FILLED An item made of a base metal such as brass or copper, to which a sheet of gold is bonded by pressure or other means. To qualify as gold filled; an article of jewelry must have a layer of gold at least 1/20th, or 5% of the weight of the entire article.
GOLD FILLED CHAINS
Gold filled chains generally have a thin layer of gold (usually 5% by weight) bonded onto the outside of a brass based core using heat and pressure.
Gold Filled: (Also "Goldfilled", or "gold-filled", abbreviated g.f.) A piece of jewelry with a layer of gold mechanically applied to the surface of a base metal, (like brass or copper), can be called Gold Filled if the amount of gold equals one-twentieth of the total weight of the piece.
gold filled (gf)
Has a base-metal core, often nickel, with gold over-lay that is heat -and-pressure bonded to it. I prefer to use 14kt gf. It causes fewer allergic reactions and is cost-effective.
Base metal sandwiched between layers of gold. In the US the gold layer must be at least 1/20th of the total weight and is marked: g.f.
gold wash ...
Gold filled (abbreviated G.F. or written as "doubl? d'or") jewelry is made of a thin outer layer of gold atop a base metal. For example, jewelry marked 1/20 G.F. 12 Kt. is at least 1/20th gold and is layered with 12 karat gold.
A thin sheet of gold laminated to brass, usually 5% gold by weight.
A thin coating of electroplated or mechanically plated gold on top of a base metal.
It is also known as gold overlay, and refers to a layer of at least 10-karat gold that has been permanently bonded by heat and pressure to one or more surfaces of the support metal, then rolled or drawn to a prescribed thickness.
~ - Gold filled refers to the mechanical process of applying two thin gold sheets to core metal such as nickel. To qualify as "gold filled" the amount of gold must be at least 1/20 of the total weight.
~: Mechanically-bonded (as opposed to electrolytically applied) sandwich consisting of base metal on the inside, and a gold alloy on the outside.
Goldfilled, or gold-filled, abbreviated g.f. = lower in gold content than 10 KT, usually 1/20 or 1/12 KT.In this technique a sheet of gold is mechanically applied to the surface.
~ - this is a term for a thin outer layer of gold over a base metal. It is abbreviated GF. As an example 1/20 GF 12K must be al last 1/20th gold and it is layered with 12karat gold. To be classified as gold filled, a jewelry item must be at least 1/20th gold by weight.
Refers to jewelry containing a common metal such as nickel that is coated with gold.
A thin layer of gold over a Base Metal. To be classified as gold-filled, a piece must be at least 1/20 gold by weight.
GOLD FOIL BEADS ...
What is Gold Filled?
Gold filled means that an item has a layer of karat gold bonded on the outside of another metal called the base metal. The process used, and the base metal, may vary, but the gold content will be indicated by a fraction such as "1/20th 12Kt G.F.
~ Jewellery (also known as Gold Overlay)
Gold filled jewellery is a solid layer of gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass. Gold filled jewellery is a great cost effective alternative to solid gold jewellery.
~, gold overlay: A layer of 10K gold or better mechanically bonded to all significant surfaces. This layer of gold must be at least 1/20th of the total metal weight or it cannot be described as gold filled (typical quality mark - 1/20th 12K GF or 12 Karat Gold Filled.) ...
~, also called Gold Overlay, refers to a layer of at least 10-karat gold that has been permanently
bonded by heat and pressure to one or more surfaces of the support metal, then rolled or drawn to a prescribed
thickness. The karat gold must be at least 1/10 of the total weight.
~ - describing a process of gold plating base metal for jewelry.
Girdle - the circumference portion of the stone; the part that divides the crown from the pavilion.
Grain - 1. a weight equivalent to one-quarter of a carat; used to weigh pearls.
~, Gold Plated & Vermeil
Alternative types of gold jewelry include gold filled, gold plated and vermeil. Over time, gold plating and vermeil will wear off, requiring re-plating.
The jewelry is not actually filled, but is made of base metal (usually brass or copper) covered by sheets of gold in a mechanical bonding process.
Gold Plated ...
~ is marked with the gold percentage by weight and the karat value.
If a piece of jewelry is marked 1/20 14K GF -
5% of the total weight
is 14K gold.
Jewelry that is plated to a thickness that results in at least 1/20th of the weight being gold.
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~ (GF) - A process by which a layer of at least 10 kt. gold has been mechanically bonded to another metal (usually a base metal). This layer usually constitutes AT LEAST 1/20th of the total weight of the metal in the piece. Items are marked G.F. preceded by the karat fineness of the veneer.
Trifari Gold Filled Rhinestone Ribbon Choker
Chrome: A hard and shiny gray metal that is resistant to corrosion.
Chrysoberyl: A hard mineral/gemstone that ranges in color from yellow to green and brown. Cat's eye and alexandrite are chrysoberyls.
Gold Plate, Gold Filled, G.P., G.F., Rolled Gold, 1/20 - All of these mean the piece is Plated and the different terms refer to the thickness of the gold plating.
Jewelry Frequently Asked Questions
How can I test pearls and care for them?
~ Bonding a layer (or layers) of gold alloy to a base metal and then rolling or drawing the metal to the thickness desired. The gold content must be 1/20th or more of the total weight of the metal in the piece.
Plated gold or gold filled jewelry
The plating will flake off and expose the inner metal layer which may not be of inert variety, thus causing infection. Such jewelry must never be used.
Gold plating is not very durable, but it is much less expensive than gold filled items.
A sparkly glittering manmade stone that was originally created according to some sources by alchemists in their search to turn base metals into gold.
~," "14 Kt. G.F.," "14 Kt. Gold Plate," "14 Kt. G.P." or "14 Kt. Gold Overlay.
Metal content (gold, platinum, ~, titanium, steel, etc.)
Finish (engraved, enameled, satin, high polished, etc.)
Dial (color, hands, markers, signature, sub dials, date wheel, etc. Has it been refinished?) ...
5858 (14kt gold content) to equal 3% actual gold in a ~ piece. A layer of 14kt gold is put over brass by heat and pressure bonding. ~ has an actual layer of gold, while gold plated merely has a microscopic film.
Super flush wire cutters allow you to cut a nearly flat surface on your silver and gold filled wire.
Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner
An ultrasonic jewelry cleaner is a fast and affordable way to keep your jewelry clean.
Using a Bead Reamer ...
Book Chain - Victorian style made in gold, ~ and sterling silver, in which each chain link is rectangular, folded to resemble a book. Often elaborately engraved.
Box Setting - Box shaped gemstone setting with metal edges rolled down to hold the stone in place - aka Gypsy mount.
has a number of jewelry making kits available, and I had a chance to try out one of its gemstone kits called the "8mm ~ Bling Low Wall Bezel Earrings Kit" ($13.99).
R.P. = Rolled Gold or Silver Plate
E.P. = Gold or Silver Electroplate
G.F. = ~ (usually preceded by numeral; i.e., 14K G.F. or 10K G.F.)
N.S. = Nickel Silver
G.S. = German Silver
B.M. = Britannia Metal
W.M. = White Metal
G.E.P. = Gold Electro-Plate ...
For example, some jewelry is processed with a layer of gold which has been mechanically bonded to a base metal. This jewelry cannot have a karat mark unless it is qualified. In other words it must be marked "~" preceded by the karat fineness; e.g. "14K ~." ...
YGF is an abbreviation for yellow gold filled.
All About Jewels:
Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry ...
And what does things mean, like the numbers on silver and gold beads and jewelry, silver plated and ~ and alloy? As with most things, you can get the expensive high quality stuff, but equally easily you can be cheated with cheaper stuff of poorer quality.
Pinchbeck A metal (not found in today's jewelry) made from the combination of copper and zinc to look like gold. Wears very well. Often, mistaken for ~ and gold plated items. When the jewelry has a particularly pinkish gold cast to it, the content of copper is higher.
Gold discovered in California
Thomas H Lowe of Birmingham introduces rolled gold plating process (a.k.a. ~) to Providence, RI, manufacturers
Caldwell and Bennet becomes J.E. Caldwell & Co., Philadelphia
Set in 14kt yellow gold pendant. Also available as loose stones for $65 each. Chain ~
White Sapphire$ 149.99
The term must be preceded by the karat fineness of the plating, such as 14kt ~. When using the term gold overlay, manufacturers are permitted to use a layer of gold that is less than 1/20th the weight of the entire piece, but they must stamp the proportion of the gold layer on the jewelry.
Gold Plated Jewelry employs a base metal which is then electroplated with gold. Usually a steel or brass item dipped into a bath of electroplating solution that deposits a thin layer of gold on the jewelry. The gold layer is less than ~, ...
Findings ( Jewelry Findings) - component parts and pieces used to connect &/or decorate beads, wires, and chains in the creation of jewelery pieces. Jewelry findings give jewelry pieces a finished and professional look. There are many types on the market. Sterling silver and ~ ...
Catamore pieces are marked CATAMORE or John Grant Designs (this mark was first used in 1970). Jewelry by Catamore was often ~ in 12 karat gold (marked 1/20 12kgf.) or steling silver. Many were decorated with rhinestones, cameos, or onyx.
to be interchangeable with 'gold fill', but in the United States, the term 'rolled gold' or 'rolled gold plate' is used to describe an object where the proportion of gold alloy is less than 1/20th of the weight of the entire article. If it is more than 1/20th, it will be classified as ~.
RELATED TERMS: See Karat, Yellow Gold, White Gold, Rose Gold, ~, Gold PlateGold-Filled:A type of metal obtained by bonding a layer of gold with a second, less expensive metal by using heat and pressure.
See also: What is the meaning of Gold, Jewel, Jewelry, Metal, Silver?