Many birthstone bracelet and handcrafted beaded jewelry websites tout the differences and similarities between 14k gold and 14k gold-filled jewelry cuban charm bracelet.
Yes, I have read how solid 14k gold is just that, solid 14k gold. And as for the 14k gold-filled, it is a different metal alloy encased by 14k gold which wears just like solid gold, but at a fraction of the price. Plus, the gold-filled product must be a minimum of 1/20″ thick.
This information is readily available if you take everything at face value and trust that the authors are correct in their writings.
Many websites make the comment that all of the standards for grading of gold are mandated by Federal Law. Thus, I am sure that is their reasoning for stating the obvious of it being The Law.
But my question was this. What federal law is everyone talking about? I looked on a lot of websites, and most just said that federal law determined the standard. Okay, fine, that statement is well established now. But what law is this in reference to? My left-brained, engineer mentality led me to look it up. And I understand why most sites don’t quote the actual source…it’s difficult to find! (If someone else has actually referenced this information, I apologize. But of all the websites I looked at, not one had this law sourced.)
I moved on from trusting other websites and began my own search engine quest to find the appropriate law.
I was not sure where to start, so I began with Weights and Measures. That yielded no results. What about gold standard as a keyword? Nope, that provided nothing either.
It took a couple hours, but I did find what I was looking for. It turns out that the Federal Trade Commission has jurisdiction. It is under their section on consumer protection, in a Guide for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries. Section 23.4 covers all of the guidelines and requirements. That section is actually called “Misrepresentation as to gold content.” I know it is called “misrepresentation”, but I am not a lawyer. I have no clue how a standard is referred to as a “misrepresentation.”