student dating website - Dating vintage costume jewellery

Because it’s not possible to have a comprehensive discussion of how to identify and date vintage jewelry in a single article, this article is the first in a series, and will specifically address vintage jewelry marks.

I’ve accumulated a modest library of vintage jewelry reference books and have created a page on my site that lists some of the best, along with a brief summary for each one.

Check it out here: My Classic Jewelry Vintage Jewelry Books Future articles will discuss other aspects of dating vintage jewelry.

Antique Jewelry University: Lang Antiques features a section on their site named “Antique Jewelry University” with lots of useful information, such as this page discussing hallmarks: Hallmarks on Period Jewelry 925-1000: Described as the “Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks, and Makers Marks,” the 925-1000 site is the first place I go to research vintage silver jewelry marks.

It includes silver marks from many countries and you can access it here: 925-1000 Silver Marks When learning how to date vintage jewelry, a maker’s mark (or signature) can be a big help, since most companies changed their signatures over time.

Vintage costume jewelry usually doesn’t have purity marks, but will often have a maker’s mark (commonly called the signature), and can sometimes have a retailer mark and/or patent or inventory marks.

Patent numbers are especially helpful when dating older vintage jewelry, and will be covered in a separate article in this series.

According to Lang Antiques’ Antique Jewelry University, the term “hallmark” refers to any stamps or marks on jewelry and usually includes one or more of the following: Purity marks for older silver pieces can differ from those commonly seen today.

For example, most Sterling Silver Jewelry up until the 1940s era was usually stamped “STERLING” or “STER” or “STG.” The “925” mark did not come into common use until later.

” Sometimes the question is very easy to answer, especially if the jewelry is marked in any way.

Certain markings were only used in specific time periods.

The photo below shows the various signatures you’ll find on Trifari vintage jewelry.

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