What is gold filled wire?

Written by toni rakestraw
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
What is gold filled wire?
Wire-wrapped jewellery often includes gold-filled wire. (quartz set image by Lucy Cherniak from Fotolia.com)

Gold-filled wire is often used by hobbyists making wire-wrapped jewellery. It lets them use real gold in their pieces without the cost being as great as when using other forms of gold. Gold-filled wire is easy to work with and looks great. Also known as rolled-gold wire, it is more durable than gold-plated wire.

Other People Are Reading


Gold-filled jewellery became popular in the early 20th century and increased in use throughout the 1930s and 1940s.


Gold-filled wire is made by bonding a layer of 10-karat, 12-karat or 14-karat gold to a base of jeweller's brass. The wire is then drawn to the desired thickness.

Quality Assurance

Gold-filled wire includes considerably more gold than gold plate. Gold-filled products must be a minimum of 1/20th, by weight, of the total piece. It is labelled as 10/20, 12/20 or 14/20, according to the carat used.


Gold-filled wire can be used to wrap crystals, cabochons and other stones. It also can be fashioned in beautiful name jewellery.


Many pieces of gold-filled wire jewellery from the early 20th century are still beautiful today. Gold-filled wire requires no special care to retain its beauty, other than the occasional dip into some jewellery cleaning solution.

Don't Miss

  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.