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Posted 3 years ago


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I found this in the local thrift store; I've been pining after something like this in solid gold, but still fell in love with it when I saw it. No markings whatsoever, there wasn't much wear on it at all, just some silver coming through on the clasp. Nugget style on one side, shiny finish on the other. I heard sometimes they use plated clasps on solid, low karat (8,9, or 10) chains, can anyone confirm/deny that? Also, I thought the style was quite 70s/80s, but like I said earlier, there isn't any of the typical wear you would see on older costume jewellery. I suppose it could just simply be a newly made vintage-looking piece, any input is greatly appreciated!
** I just recently went to a gold buyer and they said it was gold plated. A little disappointing, but still a good buy for what I paid I guess.

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  1. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 3 years ago

    Beautiful pieces, I have 2 of the real 10K gold nugget bracelets and hope someday to afford a 14K, but they are very expensive now. The gold seems to be strangely ignored by the masses and white gold or sterling silver seems more popular for the last 10 years. Shame really, especially since some people look better with the bling in yellow gold. The plated pieces came out in the later 80's, early 90's, thats when I first saw the nugget style made in what they sometimes described as triple plated. They are great pieces, too. I was fortunate to find my gold at antique shows and got a good deal on them, probably 1/3 of what the Jewellers wanted. But if I want a really nice 14, will probably have to fork out full retail. I used to wear my 2 bracelets together and they looked stunning together. Great collection you have !!~ Phil.
  2. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 3 years ago
    Also if a piece was meant to be gold, it is not supposed to have plated clasps, but then we have to realize that lots of 10K is really 9K instead, especially in Europe, that is common. It is best sometimes to get a guarantee now, I find. I found it nice to go into the Indian gold shops in NYC as they have a lot of 22K gold. I find there is tons of this plated stuff on Ebay right now, be especially wary there. Phil.
  3. Luisa Luisa, 3 years ago
    thank you Phil, I will heed your warning. I've even heard about people heavily plating 10KT with 18 or 22KT and selling it as solid high carat.
    My 'gold eye' is okay, but still needs more training, and this one confused me because it doesn't seem to have been worn before, and me studying antique jewellery so often, I look at how its worn out and the patina for my first hint as to whether its solid gold or not. At least this piece is heavily plated enough that I can wear it with no green/black stuff happening!
    Good luck in your endeavor finding a nice solid 14KT; maybe you'll luck out at a pawn shop or flea market and get a good price!! Thank you for taking the time to educate me on nugget jewelry, there is just some things you cannot read in a book!

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