Gold Filled Beads & Findings

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Gold Filled Beads and Findings

Shop gold-filled beads and findings at bargain prices at Xinar is proud to present our extensive inventory of gold-filled beads for jewelry-making and other crafting needs. We have been selling beads and findings and other jewelry-making supplies on the internet since the 1990s, and we can’t wait for you to find the treasures that will make your designs come to life.

Crafters and jewelry-makers have trusted us for decades to provide only the best jewelry supplies. Be sure to explore our other categories, as we also have rose gold-filled, sterling silver, and solid copper. Gold-filled jewelry is a lower-cost, high-quality alternative to genuine gold. Xinar’s gold-filled supplies are made in the US.

Xinar’s Golden Quality Guarantee

Shopping at Xinar means you’re getting the best quality gold-filled beads and findings at exceptional prices. But not only that – you will be investing in genuine jewelry-making supplies, and not merely gold-plated. This is an essential aspect of buying jewelry-making supplies. Some stores knowingly market gold-washed and gold-plated items as gold-filled. Xinar will never mislead our customers, and what you shop for is what you get when you open your package. If you’re shopping for gold-filled items, that’s what you’re going to get.

What’s more, the FTC has strict regulations as to what can be described as gold-filled jewelry. Gold-plated goods are not the same as gold-filled articles, and the two will never be equal. Gold plating refers to adding a thin layer of gold to an object. The thickness of the gold varies significantly across different smiths.

The FTC clearly defines gold-plated items. Unfortunately, thinner gold coats are often mislabeled as “gold plated,” when these items can be better described as “gold washed,” “gold flashed,” or “gold electroplated.” These labels can be confusing, but they form the foundation of the country’s fair trade of precious metals. Unfortunately, despite the easy access to FTC’s definitions, these won’t stop other stores from misrepresenting their products to attract more customers.

Another advantage of shopping with Xinar is the proprietary gold bonding process that our manufacturer uses. In the effort to maintain the highest quality of gold-filled beads and findings, our manufacturer has developed an advanced bonding technique that fuses the jeweler’s brass with the gold at the atomic level.

This advanced gold bonding method guarantees the highest durability while protecting the surface of the gold-filled items from flaking and chipping.

If you craft jewelry for commercial purposes, your customers will be pleased to find that their 14k gold-filled beads are not only lustrous but are also highly durable and will last a lifetime.

What Does Gold-Filled Mean?

With the price of gold consistently above $1600/oz, gold-filled beads and findings are a great option so you can craft great-looking jewelry to sell or give to family and friends. Let’s face it – solid gold has always had astronomical prices. With gold-filled jewelry-making supplies, you can have the gorgeous luster and color minus the extra costs.

Items like gold-filled wires were made in ancient times through a rolling method. In Ancient Egypt, smiths first hammered the gold into thin, thin sheets before rolling the thinned-out gold onto a hollow tube. This is how the ancient goldsmiths created the first gold-filled jewelry. Next, the base metal was introduced to the equation to strengthen the gold.

This was how gold-filled jewelry was formalized in the method.

An Englishman named John Turner patented a unique sheet metal process in 1817, which kicked off goldsmithing even more during the Victorian Era. In addition, the luxurious early Victorian Era ushered in the use of gold-filled items in jewelry.

Back then, there were barely any standards for the thickness and quality of the gold layer over the core metal. The distinction between thinner plating and gold-filled was at best hazy. When King Edward assumed the throne after Queen Victoria, a new era of delicate, light, and beautiful jewelry came.

More delicate filigree took the place of rolled gold jewelry. Gold-plated objects, on the other hand, didn’t fall out of vogue for long. The First World War caused shortages of both silver and gold, and eventually, rolled gold resurfaced. This technique was now known as “gold-filled,” and it was regulated by the government this time. Today, gold-filling refers to the technique of fusing gold to jeweler’s brass to prevent flaking.

The FTC states that if an item’s gold layer is 12kt or above, the material can only be labeled “gold-filled.” An object can also be called gold-filed if the precious metal content is 1/20 of the overall weight.

Another process of fusing gold to base metals is electroplating. The gold must be at least 7/1,000,000-inch thick. As you can see, gold-filled and gold electroplated can never be identical. In this process, the base metal is submerged in a unique solution before a current is introduced. The current draw gold particles to migrate to the base metal. The final gold thickness in the case of gold-electroplating can be as thick as a single human hair strand.

Due to the various finishing procedures employed by manufacturers, the gold-filled colors will sometimes vary. Because more manufacturers are producing gold-filled items, and global consumer preferences are shifting, gold-filled variations have increased. To obtain a higher polish in a different hue, some manufacturers add a plating layer on top.

Gold-filled has also become increasingly popular in recent years in places like Asia. Consumers in these regions prefer a more yellow gold that resembles high-karat specimens. As a result, we see a greater color spectrum in product choices as manufacturers move production to serve a burgeoning global market.

Do Gold-Filled Beads and Findings Tarnish?

Gold-filled items will only tarnish if exposed to super-high levels of sulfides. If they aren’t, they won’t tarnish quickly. Gold ages beautifully, and gold-filled beads, for example, are coated with pure gold. The thickness of the gold layer also makes gold-filled jewelry more valuable.

There are only a few circumstances where the air will have so much sulfide that gold will start to darken. There must be a source of extreme pollution (like a building fire) to produce enough sulfides to tarnish gold-filled items. Places like nail salons can also have sufficient sulfide levels that gold-filled items exposed long enough will eventually become discolored.

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Xinar's Shipping Policy

The domestic shipping charge is a flat rate of $3.95, no matter how many items you wish to purchase.

Priority mail is a flat rate of $8.25.

Canada shipping is a flat rate of $15.00.

International shipping is a flat rate of $17.00.

Items shipped via United States Postal Service with tracking.