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Gold-Filled Chain & Findings

Gold-filled is an affordable, durable alternative to solid karat gold alloys.

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As a jewelry designer, it is important to understand the material and educate your clients to ensure that they know exactly what they are buying.

We offer a wide selection of jewelry supplies in yellow gold-filled as well as many options in rose gold-filled; but, the limitations of the material will affect how you can use gold-filled findings and what components are available for jewelry design. If you are new to the material, please take some time to learn about it by reviewing our detailed educational articles and videos. Once you are ready to shop, scroll down to browse our complete selection of gold-filled jewelry making metals and parts.

Gold-filled is ideal for assembly and light metalwork such as forming and texturing. It responds to manipulation much like brass. It is considerably more durable and easier to maintain than items that are just gold-plated.

Gold-filled contains significantly more gold alloy than plated metals and is therefore considered a higher quality "bridge" jewelry material than "costume jewelry" made from plated base metals. However, it is not typically considered "fine jewelry" in the same category as solid gold alloys and platinum group metals.

Bonding double clad gold-filled
Bonding double clad gold-filled

Gold-filled is a layered composite metal consisting of mostly jeweler's brass and 5% gold alloy by weight. These layers are bonded with both heat and pressure. Since the material must maintain distinct layers, it cannot be cast and it is difficult to solder. We only recommend soldering gold-filled if you have been specifically trained on the material. Soldered gold-filled items should then be plated with gold instead of polished for finishing. Do not use abrasive polishers that would decrease the integrity of the gold layer on the surface and reduce the ratio of gold to brass. Similarly, we discourage engraving because it will penetrate the gold layer and may expose the brass underneath. Stamping only compresses the metal layers and does not affect the 5% ratio by weight, so it is acceptable.

Designers are required to call the material by its complete name, "gold-filled." It should not be called "gold" as shorthand. We are also required to disclose the karatage of the gold layer on the gold-filled. Therefore, it is most correct to describe the material as either 12k gold-filled or 14k gold-filled in all product descriptions. Disclosure regulations for jewelry retail are established by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Wholesale supplies for the trade are priced each day based on commodity markets. It works much like the price of gasoline at the pump. The exact price each day changes based on supply and demand for the commodity on global exchanges. Gold and silver metals markets work the same way. Read more about how we establish market-based pricing each day.

Gold-Filled Resource Articles

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  • Blog Post: 5 Things You May Not Know About Gold-Filled

    Learn the ins and outs of gold-filled for jewelry making.
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  • Blog Post: Cleaning Gold-Filled Jewelry

    Learn how to safely clean gold-filled jewelry. Plus, find pointers on fabrication and finishing pitfalls.
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  • Blog Post: Make It In Multiple Metals

    Want to make the same piece of jewelry in sterling, gold-filled and rose gold-filled? We can help.
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  • Blog Post: Gold-Filled vs Gold-Plated

    Here's the rundown on the differences between gold-filled vs. gold-plated.
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  • Video: Halstead Jewelry Minute - Episode 3 - Gold-Filled 101

    In this episode we'll be discussing the sometimes confusing topic of "gold-filled"
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