The back is a mirror gold finish which does have some baby teeth marks and a tiny ping. The front applied beading and decoration in the Etruscan style which was very popular in this period.The front may have originally housed a small gem or pearl or it could just be the design. Inside there is enough room to attach photos or hold a small memento.
The locket opens and closes as it should. It is antique rose gold which is more subtle than today's highly copper infused pink gold found at the local mall jewellery store. If you prefer the more pink version then this item is probably not for you. Good Vintage condition with minor age appropriate metal or surface wear. The locket is unmarked for gold content which is not unusual for this era although there appear to be jewellers marks or scratchings on the inside that are ilegible.The locket is guaranteed at least 10ct gold filled and I believe the attached gold leaves, cirlcle, bail surround and beading to be solid rose gold. Item was sourced from a USA Estate sale. The locket is oval in shape and is quite large and is at 4.3cms by 3cms not including the large bail at the top. Weight is approximately 13.7gms. All measurements and weights are approximate 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. 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. The item "Antique Victorian 10k Rose Gold Filled Oval Etruscan Locket Necklace Estate" is in sale since Monday, October 8, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage, Antique Jewellery". The seller is "vintagejewelleryco" and is located in south coast nsw.
This item can be shipped worldwide.