Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals/B&B ROYAL


The Individual wrote at 2013-01-08 08:11:09
Sorry, "warranted" does not mean gold plate, typically it was assigned to "gold filled materials". Old vintage jewelry was never plated, it was old filled. This is actually a good thing as it still carries scrap value. Unless otherwise marked it is safe to assume that your gold filled pocket watch is 10k gold filled 1/20. One part gold and 19 part base metal. This can be traded in for scrap value unlike plate or electroplated items. Although the value is not quite as much as solid gold it has become a very popular type of jewelry. It could also read 10k gf 1/10, 12k gf 1/10, 14k gf. From time to time you will find Gold filled pock watch cases with silver as the "base", it is called vermeil and also collectable, the word sterling will accompany the description. In addition to 1/20 gf, 1/10 is also something that can e found but is not as plate was invented many years later and holds no scrap value and electroplated has no scrap value at all.

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Bill and Sally Jarrett


We are collectors, hobbyists and dealers in memorabilia and antiques - especially antique vintage and costume jewelry items. For 10 years we owned an antique shop here in Central Florida but retired and reopened a site on the internet that specializes mostly in antique jewelry and accessories such as perfume bottles, etc. Bill is informed on general antiques specializing in china and silver or sterling tablewares while Sally tends to jewelry and paper/advertising ephemera. We receive a lot of general questions from our site and would be glad to try and answer or give direction not considered for official appraisal purposes, i.e. estate or insurance.


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