Musings of an Obsessed Jeweler and Former Mermaid
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Gold filled or sometimes called rolled gold wire, gold overlay or rolled gold plated. This is an affordable alternative to solid gold wire. Gold filled jewelry consists of several mechanically bonded layers. A non-precious base, usually jeweler's brass, is covered with the outside layer of at least 10 Karat gold, usually a 5% gold content. Manufacturers usually mark their gold filled jewelry with fractions that show the relative amount of gold in proportion to base metal in a given piece, so you know what you buy. It comes in many shapes, gauges, tempers and colors(white, yellow and rose. Can be hammered and shaped without issue, just do not scratch it. Gold filled if handled with care will last a lifetime without flaking or color change. It is usually safe for people who have sensitive skin.