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Dating antique jewelry


Now, ¬†jewelry isn’t stamped with the year it was made in most cases, so dealers and buyers are forced to either learn or make mistakes.

This drawing shows the styles when they were introduced into the market. In order of date, the styles are named as follows: shepherd hook, image two is not named, kidney wire, screw-back (pierced), lever back, screw-back, post & butterfly, spring clip, and omega back.

Jewelry findings are the functional parts of jewelry. Which a jeweler will typically buy as oppose to making themselves. Common findings would be hinges, pins, clasps and earring backs. As these findings evolved down through the ages, they have left behind a timeline which we can follow. One of the most common and accurate ways to date antique & vintage jewelry is to inspect the clasp. By comparing the clasp on the piece you are trying to date, with the findings charts. You will be able to get a time frame of when these findings where commonly used in the manufacturing of jewelry. This time frame is then further narrowed by examining other features of the item. Such as the manufacturing process, style and materials used. The charts below show the common findings used in jewelry manufacturing from the early Georgian period to modern times.


Dating antique jewelry

Dating antique jewelry