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Whether updating a collection, searching for information about a family heirloom, or assisting a colleague or customer, dating a piece of vintage costume jewelry can present a challenge.
Many tools and techniques are familiar to the experienced collector, including dating by textured versus smooth back casting, extended pin stems and simple “C” closures, the presence of a copyright symbol, the use of aurora borealis rhinestones, to name but a few.
Keep in mind that the information I’m providing are guidelines, as sometimes the original findings broke or were replaced for other reasons.
The standard for antique Victorian pieces will be the c clasp or “c clutch.” When buying antique jewelry, the c clutch is a great sign. Since it is generally inferior in mechanics to more modern clasps, its production in the latter half of the 1900s is nearly nonexistent.and will be able to tell if the finding is original to the item, has been repaired, or been replaced.Let’s start with pins: There are different types of clasps that hold a pin onto your clothing.The demand for this kind of information is absolutely too overwhelming for one dealer to fill.
I love jewelry, but appraising and selling are two entirely different businesses, and I choose selling and research as my business.One of the best clues to dating jewelry is the findings, i.e.