Dating costume jewlery
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Pin stems, screw-back earrings findings, safety and plain catches. Dual ring guards, child's ring chains, earrings guards, safety chains, cord bracelet guard chains, Benj. Exclusively Wholesale, 1950 shown here was patented in about 1894, though these earrings originally had a different style back for pierced ears.The ends of the original ear wires can be seen at the top of each earring.VICTORIAN faceted smoky quartz with 14k yellow gold tested fittings earrings, it is no longer possible to respond to individual questions regarding jewelry history, identification or value, or to offer written or verbal appraisals or opinions.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 as my business.Instead, articles are added on a regular basis to JEWEL CHAT on line Magazine, a wonderful reference for information on many makers and styles of vintage jewelry.
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Chanel has used many different marks since the 1950s including both round and oval cartouche signature plates and sometimes stamping CHANEL directly into the piece.
The earliest pieces of Chanel jewelry were unmarked.
Most pieces from the 1930s, '40s and early '50s rarely come up for sale on the secondary market.
Below is a sampling of some of the marks used by the House of Chanel photographed on genuine Chanel pieces, and dates for when those marks were used.
Reproductions and fakes of Chanel jewelry abound, so take care when identifying and dating this type of jewelry.