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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.

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

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

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

Gold-filled Construction

Gold-filled is a layered composite metal consisting of mostly jeweler's brass and 5% gold alloy by weight. Pressure and heat bond the layers together. Since the material must maintain distinct layers, it cannot be cast. It is very difficult to solder properly and maintain the 5% gold alloy. We only recommend soldering if you have been specifically trained on the material. Instead of polishing soldered gold-filled pieces they need to be plated with gold. 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.

Gold-filled is required to be called by its complete name. Never called "gold" for short. Disclosing the karatage of the gold layer on the gold-filled is required. Therefore, it is most correct to describe the material as either 12k gold-filled or 14k gold-filled in all product descriptions. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) establishes disclosure regulations for jewelry retail.

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.

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