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Posted on 1st Mar 2013
As a jewelry designer who creates Bridge Jewelry, we use 14K Gold-Filled metal.
In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission defines the quality of gold-filled jewelry and the general rules are as follows:
The minimum layer of karat gold in an item stamped "GF" must be equal to at least one-tenth the weight of the total item.
If the gold layer is 12 karat or higher the item stamped "GF" must be equal to at least 1/20 the weight of the total item.
The most common stamps on gold-filled jewelry are "1/20 12kt GF" and "1/20 14kt GF." Also common is "1/10 10kt GF."
"Double clad" gold-filled sheet is produced with 1/2 the thickness of gold on each side.
1/20 14Kt double clad gold-filled jewelry has a layer on each side of 1/40th 14Kt, which makes the total content of gold 1/20. The thinner layer on each side does not wear as well as single clad gold-filled.
When you are researching gold-filled facts, remember that 14 karat (58-percent) gold is high quality. If high quality is your set standard for yourself or as a gift for someone special, peruse this gallery of handcrafted, gold-filled masterpieces. Shown below is a stunning example of this fine jewelry -- the 14K Organic Rockstar Collar in Black Spinel.
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