Antique ‘Rolled Gold’ Fetter and Knot Fob Watch Chain Circa 1910
History of Rolled Gold
The origins of rolled gold can be traced back to the 19th century England when costume jewellery rose in popularity. Durable and long lasting it allowed designers/jewellers to offer pieces that looked exactly like solid gold but at the fraction of the price.
Rolled gold material had many times more pure gold than ‘gold plated’ and the bonding process for rolled gold results in a much more durable material than plated jewellery. Made by fusing a base metal (silver, brass or copper) between thin sheet of gold, the metals are then bonded together using heat and rolled into flat sheets to be then used in jewellery.
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