Markings not only give you an idea whether a piece might be valuable, but they also give you good indication as to where and when the item was manufactured. Regardless of the age, you'll be able to describe the style correctly using the examples below as a guide. You have peaked my interest more than before reading your article. The are in excellent condition, with minor wear only beneath the clips. Brooches have evolved over one hundred years, and the backs provide much of the information we need to date the piece. At the end of the day, though, I don't pay a huge amount of attention to whether a piece I like is marked or not.
These jewels are also beautiful, like a forest just before dark, when the sky is at it's deepest blue. Print out this picture, cut out the earrings, and put them up to your ears to see how all that color looks on you--fantastic, right? It also tends to be cheap, depending on where you find it: antique and vintage stores will naturally charge more than thrift stores or garage sales, but a reputable seller will also often know what they are selling. I have learned that sometimes all I can do is to wipe the piece with a cloth. Although we make every effort to present accurate information, Bizrate is not responsible for inaccuracies. Say you find a piece of jewelry that looks like it is vintage, but it doesn't have any markings on it, or the markings it has don't ring a bell. It eventually evolved into the modern locking clasps in use today. Most contemporary earrings are for pierced ears nowadays.
The rhinestones are prong set in gold tone. An essential reference for any jewelry owner. I had a jeweler get the marks off the back for me: H within a circle then S088. Screw-back non-pierced earrings that were made in 1900 are still made today but they are not that common on newer pieces. Really simple and a little rougher looking brooch closures just the pin and a simple hook usually mean the piece is older, pre-1950s. Instead, articles are added on a regular basis to on line Magazine, a wonderful reference for information on many makers and styles of vintage jewelry.
Earrings are the ultimate eye-catchers, and sparkly vintage costume jewelry earrings are the classic shiny objects. I have researched this myself for days with no luck and am asking for help. A pair made 10 years ago may have been inspired by Victorian jewelry, for instance, and have a very similar look. Basically you need to do a lot of research! And while people have been getting their ears pierced for millennia, during the early 20th century we went through a phase where piercing ears was frowned upon. If you've already given clip-ons a shot, I'd love to hear what your experience has been. I bought this mid-1970s or early 80s Miriam Haskell shell necklace even though the clasp was faulty and the shell pendant chipped - I just fell in love with it.
That's all fine and dandy, but at closer inspection I discovered that several of the crystals had been replaced and glued on, and the foiling at the back of several crystals had worn off. Either way, because of their small size, earrings are often one of the most affordable ways to begin a collection of. Button earrings can be comprised of many materials including cabochon gemstones, , and other plastics, or even genuine mabe' or blister pearls. You can pick up it at a best price. My comment is a question that brought me to this page which I know will be very helpful in my new hobby. Daisy Mae doesn't need the skin tight cut-offs or plunging neckline to catch the eye of Lil' Abner. The aurora borealis finishing on crystals and the foiling at the back of crystals are particularly sensitive.
These earrings are the featherweight type of plastic often referred to as celluloid. All jewelry is in excellent vintage condition unless specified otherwise. A good test for Bakelite is to put 409 bathroom cleaner on a cotton swab and touch a small hidden area. Another thing to look for are oval or round metal pads where the pin has been attached to the back of the brooch. These clip-on earrings measure approx. After some research I learned what it really is.
That's because they are too heavy for a pierced post. Lynn recently reworked a vintage necklace in poor condition into this gorgeous set of necklace, earrings and bracelet by using the original clasp, cleaning the crystals that were in good condition, and adding new spacers and some new crystals to the mix. I have found that the trickiest thing about dating a brooch is not necessarily the kind of clasp, but an altered back. The sister hook clasp was popular in the 1930s and 1940s. While hunting for vintage jewelry, you'll soon find that there is an awful lot of jewelry out there, and that it might be difficult to know what is worth while. Hexagon clutches, hide-knot bead tips. One piece pin mechanism with safety catch, similar to that shown in the patent at right.
Please click the comments link below this article to add your comments. I found a pair of screw back vintage earrings that can also bd worn as pierced earrings. You are bound to attract all the attention every time you wear these. Closeout discount are available while supplies last. That world is rich and fascinating, but also confusing at times. I'm pretty sure that I have seen them worn in in period movies set around the 1900's or so, usually on a longish, medium-heavy chain, and then pinned up to the side so that the chain is made to 'dangle' in some sort of artful display. All I know is that Vero jewelry, I think only brooches, was made in the 1960s, as late as the 80s.