When I choose up a bit of classic jewelry possibly a brooch, I nearly instantly flip it over. Quite just a few occasions the vendor has commented “Its not gold or silver”.
For me that is annoying as that’s not what I’m searching for.
Gold and silver don’t significantly curiosity me and most of the time I can distinguish superb jewelry at a look earlier than dealing with.
So what am I searching for:
First I’m wanting to verify the brooch pin or again of the jewelry is undamaged and never damaged/broken.
Then I’m trying to see if there’s a signature. With familiarity to varied signed classic costume jewelry items, I can now establish who the corporate or producer is at first search for many items, with out choosing it up and searching on the again. So when you’ve a spare jiffy make a journey by the classic jewelry web sites and have a look at the images and corporations.
If there is no such thing as a signature – the jewelry’s development and the findings used may give useful clues to courting. But extra of that in a later article.
Back to the signature. Look on the wording may give useful clues to dates.
First the identify – Exquisite produced jewelry from 1914 till the late 1970s however their signature didn’t seem till after 1953 (confirmed data from an employer who made the jewelry’s molds) So any Exquisite jewelry with a signature dates to after 1953 to about 1979. Probably extra precisely from 1956 however to be confirmed nonetheless.
Look up the corporate to see once they have been in manufacturing, will give a time span to work on. Most data is out there now on the web and chances are you’ll be fortunate to search out when the jewelry was really patented.
The copy proper image – the c in a circle mark means it was made after 1955. This was as a result of Trifari gained a lawsuit in that yr, and everybody adopted swimsuit of copy proper their designs reasonably than patenting them.
How is the signature introduced – in script, abbreviated, block letters, giant capital letter for the primary letter of the identify then small letters. This may assist so far. Again there are a lot of web sites and Yahoo teams that may assist. Exquisite, Miracle and Kenneth Lane are only a few that modified their signature and this could date them to when that kind of signature was in use.
Pat pending and design numbers are additionally clues. Pat pending dates to earlier than 1955. Again many websites have lists of patents. Boucher and Sphinx are two firms that used numbers for his or her designs. With or with out the identify signature.
So simply taking a look at a signature on a plaque or cartouche may give you a lot alternatives for courting your classic jewelry