What Does Gold-Filled Mean in Jewelry Classification?


     If you’re looking for the highest-quality, the gold-filled jewelry are probably your best bet when it comes to long-lasting and durable jewelry; With normal tear and wear use, it is forever. Gold-fill is absolutely your best option after solid gold for quality and durability.  It will not flake off or turn your skin green and offers a great option for people with sensitive skin.  We only use the best USA made gold-filled components and stand behind our product’s quality.  Gold-filled jewelry can stay beautiful for a lifetime, especially with a little care.
A 14K gold-filled piece is created by covering an actual layer of 14K gold around a jeweler’s brass core (typically 90% copper and 10% zinc or silver). By USA law, that layer of gold has to be 1/20th gold by weight – meaning that if you melt a piece of jewelry down, 5% of what is in the melting pot has to be 14K gold. Because of the materials involved, you can always be sure that 14K gold filled is also a nickel free material; It is also safe for those with metal allergies. Gold-filled jewelry is always stamped.


How can you tell gold-filled from solid gold?

     The most common identifier of gold-filled items is the sign “GF” after the karat number. As an example, “1/10 22K GF” is a marking which tells you that the item is gold filled and its gold layer is made of 22-karat gold; the fraction “1/10” before the karat number means that one tenth of the item’s weight is gold.

How are gold-filled items stamped ?
    A mark stamped on jewelry to certify the purity of gold, silver, platinum or palladium, is applied to jewelry after being thoroughly tested through the assaying process. The main reason for this is to provide consumer protection. The most common identifier of gold-filled items is the sign “GF” after the karat number. As an example, “1/10 22K GF” is a marking which tells you that the item is gold filled and its gold layer is made of 22-karat gold; the fraction “1/10” before the karat number means that one tenth of the item's weight is gold; What Do Those Numbers Mean? It’s actually pretty simple. If you find the marking “1/20 14K,” that means that 1/20 of the weight of your jewelry is 14K (14 karat) gold. If you find a marking that says, “1/20 18K,” that means that 1/20 the weight of your jewelry is 18K gold, and so on. If you have a laboratory scale, you can pretty easily estimate how many karats of gold are in your jewelry item. If 1/20 of the weight of your, for example 10 grams jewelry is 14K gold,  this means that your jewelry contains 0.5 grams of 14-carat gold.
The Difference: Pure Gold, Solid Gold, Gold-Filled and Gold Gf:
     24K Pure gold is not the same as solid gold and solid gold is not the same as gold-filled or Gold GF®. 24K gold contains 99.99% root of gold. While solid gold is an alloy that is described with the karatage of pure gold. Wherein solid gold refers to any gold item where the inside of the item is not hollow. Gold-Filled is a layered product, and karatage only refers to the surface gold layers.   However,  the outside gold layer must compose of at least 5% of the product weight. Gold GF® branded product contain 14-karat gold in their alloy structure of at last 5 % and the surface additionally are covered with 18k gold or 950 platinum layers.
Is gold-filled jewelry real gold?
     The gold in 14k gold-filled is definitely real. There is a thick layer of real, solid 14k gold on the outside of a core.  The 14k gold that’s on the outside of gold-filled is the same gold as you would get from a solid 14k piece.  The gold-gf it is covered with a thick layer of real, solid 18k gold or 950 Platinum on the outside of a core, and it contains 14-carat gold also in its core. Notwithstanding according to most international standards, any jewelry or metal consisting of less than 41.7%, or 10 karats of gold is not considered to be real gold.
How much real gold is in gold-filled?
     Gold-filled jewelry is required to have a minimum of 1/20th (5%) gold by weight. The 5% real gold in gold-filled jewelry may not sound like a lot, but it’s most on the outside core, and it’s plenty to keep your jewelry looking great and can be used indefinitely. However, Gold-filled can not be considered to be real gold.
Look for Hallmark !
     The easiest way to find out whether your Gold-GF is real or fake is to check for the hallmark. Sellers make an impression in each gold piece of jewelry they sell. This stamp, or hallmark, tells you what percentage of gold an item consists of. The hallmark is often printed on earring stick, clasps for gold chains or bracelets and the inner side of gold rings or bangles. This jewelry stamp will include the karat, also called the purity, of the piece, such as 1/20 9K gf or 1/20 14K gf. This will also help you determine the final price of the gold piece as the current gold rate.

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Make sure you get  Gold-Filled or Gold-GF jewelry and buy hallmarked products only from reliable vendors !!!

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    Is it possible to buy a Gold-filled 20 gram neck-chain at a merchant for $ 25 (£ 20) or less? No, this is not possible:
Thus $25  it is not even enough to cover the cost the gold, silver or copper from which the chain is made, not to mention the other production, sales and marketing costs. The production cost of 1 gram of gold filled is about $3.00 (£2.50); this price makes it possible to make sure materials are appropriate to produce a quality product; that can be used indefinitely under normal wear and tear conditions. Taking into account taxes, marketing treatments and of course the companies’ profits from the sale, which usually constitute
of a 15% – 20% profit, the price for Gold-GF jewelry or findings on the world wholesale  market is   $ 3.5 – $ 6 per gram. The price is influenced by the quality and complexity of the product as well.

From data taken from the Dow Jones Industrial, 18th January 2021, gold prices- 1 gram of 14ct gold costs approximately $35 (£30).

If you are purchasing Gold-Filled or Gold-GF  jewelry at a trader for less than $2.5  per gram,
it is suspicious: It may be a scam and you are being robbed !!!

     If There Are No hallmarks, You Are Looking at a Gold Plated or Gold-Toned Item. This is not gold-filled jewelry. No GF stamp. Why? In many cases, gold-plated items that have been plated using tank or plasma plating have no hallmark; Because they contain extremely small amounts of gold. And gold-toned items, which are often unstamped, often contain no gold at all; they could be made of brass, plated with silver, and then given a coating of yellow lacquer.

If you have doubts whether this is the original Gold-GF®, write to us, we will check
whether it is an original or a fake jewelry.   


Gold-GF fact


„Gold GF® it is  a name under which goods are sold all over the world, it is also the specificity of the goods and the service.  „Gold-GF®
marked merchandise, both jewelry and semifinished products, for the production of jewelry, are made from an alloy containing at least 5%
of 14-carat gold, and the top coat of the product is 14 or 18-carat gold only. When you buy ” Gold-GF®” products, you are guaranteed that you will receive gold filled jewelry produced in the USA or UK and made according to American legal standards. What’s more, your products are legally protected all over the world, not only in the USA, as the Gold-filled.

The Difference in the Gold-Filled and the Gold-Gf®:

There is practically no difference. The only differences are Gold-GF® is a branded product and contain 14-carat gold in their alloy structure, not only a coat of carat gold and the surface. Gold GF additionally are covered with 18k gold or 950 platinum layers on its top surface.

Is gold-filled or Gold-GF jewelry durable? How long does it last?

After solid options, Gold-filled jewelry is certainly your best quality for gold pieces. In theory, gold-filled items can last a lifetime. Indeed, some gold-filled jewelry still exists from the Victorian era (over 100 years old). In practice, actual longevity will depend on how you care for it and a variety of other factors.

Does gold-filled or Gold-GF tarnish?

14k GF materials are not supposed to tarnish for a long time.  It’s possible for gold-fill to tarnish under certain circumstances, but it should not tarnish easily.


Does it contain nickel? Is gold-filled or Gold-GF jewelry okay for people with sensitive skin?

No. None of our jewelry contains nickel. Yes. 99.9% of people find they have no sensitivity to gold-filled jewelry.  Because the outside of the piece is solid 14k gold, it interacts with your skin in the same way solid 14k gold would.  If you do not have any sensitivities to solid gold, you will find gold-filled agrees well with your skin.


Will it turn my skin green? Will it flake off? Does it Rust?

No. There are very rare instances where certain people’s body chemistry reacts with the 14k gold to leave a green residue on the skin, but this happens in approximately 0.001% of
people, so it should not be a concern.  Body chemistry is a fascinating thing, and often times it’s actually medications present in the system that can react with the gold.
No. With gold-filled or Gold-GF jewelry, not prone to flaking or cracking.  Flaking is more common with certain types of gold plating.
Nope.  Rust isn’t possible with the metals present in gold-filled or Gold-GF material.


Gold-Filled World Trade Association

Welcome to the World’s trade association for the Gold GF jewelry sector.  Every GFWTA retailer, designer, supplier, manufacturer, valuer and associate abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct, based on honesty, integrity and professionalism. Gain peace of mind and confidence by purchasing from a GFWTA member.

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What Is a Franchise?
A franchise is a business whereby the owner licenses its operations—along with its products, branding, and knowledge—in exchange for a franchise fee. A franchise is a type of license that grants a franchisee access to a franchisor’s proprietary business knowledge, processes, and trademarks, thus allowing the franchisee to sell a product or service under the franchisor’s business name. In exchange for acquiring a franchise, the franchisee usually pays the franchisor an initial start-up fee and annual licensing fees. The franchisor is the GFWTA and Gold Filled LTd in UK that grants licenses to franchisees. The Franchise Rule requires franchisors to disclosure key operating information to prospective franchisees. Ongoing royalties paid to franchisors vary by industry and can range between 2.6% and 7.5%.

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