Man’s Gold Box Chain Bracelet

31 03 2013
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Great-looking Gold-Fill Box Chain

This gold filled box chain man’s bracelet is exceptionally handsome. I made this chainmaille bracelet from 14/20 gold filled wire. It was a custom order. Gold-filled wire is fairly expensive, so I’ll only buy it when I have an order.

I’m very pleased with the way this bracelet looks in gold fill. I have the same style bracelet in sterling silver, and it looks great, but…dang! This one is very, very cool.

14/20 Gold Filled Wire

Gold filled vs. Gold Plate

Don’t confuse gold filled with gold plate. Plate is a super-thin layer of gold (or silver) electroplated to a base metal core. Plating will wear off over time under normal use.

Gold filled wire, on the other hand, has a heavy layer of gold bonded to a base core. The gold on this wire may be hundreds, even thousands, times thicker than plating.  The gold on gold-filled wire is 50 to 100,000 times thicker than regular gold plating, and 17 to 25,000 times thicker than heavy gold electroplate, depending on the manufacturer of the plated wire.

Generally,  sheets of gold are bonded on the core so that at least 5% of the total weight is gold, per federal regulation. It won’t wear off. In fact, I tumbled this bracelet for about 45 minutes, something I could never do with plated wire.

As a metaphor, gold plate is like a layer of spray paint a wall. Gold filled, on the other hand, is like a layer of bricks.

Plate vs. Fill (not to scale)

Plate vs. Fill (not to scale)

What does 14/20 mean?

The first number refers to the gold alloy, or karet weight of the gold. 14 karet gold is an alloy with 14 parts gold per 24 parts. (24K is pure gold, or 24 of 24 parts gold.) I’ve seen people use 12K and 10K gold filled wire. Sure, their wire is less expensive, but it doesn’t look nearly as nice as the wire I used in this bracelet. 12K and 10K wire simply don’t have enough gold in them.

The second number means the karet gold is 1/20th (5%) of the entire weight of the jewelry.

More about this man’s gold bracelet

Materials: As mentioned, this was a custom order. The buyer saw the sterling silver bracelet and wanted one in gold…yes, gold. Well, the 14K gold wire alone would be over $1,200 (and 18K would have been even more!). Gold-filled wire, on the other hand, has the same look and same durability as gold, but at a much lower price.

Even though gold filled wire is less expensive than gold, it is expensive enough that I don’t buy it unless I already have an order. All my gold-filled jewelery is made to order, and pretty much anything you see in sterling silver, silver plate, or brass can be made in gold-fill.

Length Shown: 8.75 inches
Width: 3/8 inch (0.375 inches)
Weight: 1.1 ounces at shown length (1.0 troy ounces)
Clasp: 14K gold filled pinch-style lobster claw (instead of pulling back a pin, you squeeze it)
Availability: Available in the Shop (starting around $225, depending on the current gold market)

See this bracelet in sterling silver.
See this bracelet in copper.

More pictures

Gold bracelet and its box

Gold bracelet and its box

Man's gold bracelet in the sun

Man’s gold bracelet in the sun

Gold bracelet on my wrist. A little loose for me, but perfect for the buyer.

Gold bracelet on my wrist. A little loose for me, but perfect for the buyer.

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Full-length view of the custom gold box chain.

Extreme close-up view so you can see how perfectly I closed the rings

Extreme close-up view so you can see how perfectly I closed the rings

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