Posted by Jackie on 9/26/2011 to Jewelry 101
Gold Filled also known as "rolled gold" or "rolled gold plate" is composed of a solid layer of gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass. Effectively a thick coat of gold: the gold content is 5% or 1/20 of the total weight.
The most common stamps found on gold-filled jewelry are 1/20 14K.
Gold Filled jewelry will not peel or flake and can be treasured as heirloom pieces. It is safe for most people with sensitive skin who can wear solid 14 karat gold jewelry. Due to the high price of gold, gold filled jewelry is affordable and long lasting, a popular alternative for gold jewelry.