Dating chanel jewelry
Patent numbers are especially helpful when dating older vintage jewelry, and will be covered in a separate article in this series.
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.
Or you found some nice vintage jewelry at a yard or garage sale or at the thrift shop.
Whether you plan to keep the jewelry as a family heirloom or would like to resell it, a knowledge of vintage jewelry marks will help you to identify and date it properly.
Resources Page with All Links: If you’d like to have all of the resources mentioned in this article in one place, check out my Resources page: My Classic Jewelry Resources Page Another way to learn more about vintage jewelry is to read vintage jewelry books.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.As a general rule, signatures without a copyright symbol indicate the piece was manufactured prior to 1955. Jewelry companies would often use up their supply of pre-stamped clasps and findings after switching to a new signature, so some pieces made soon after 1955 might not have copyright symbols.Vintage jewelry from other countries may have European purity marks, such as “585” for 14K gold and “750” for 18K gold, as shown in the photo below.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.