A spring inside the ring closes the gap automatically when the lever is released. Marcasites which were substituted for diamonds as early as the 1700s, regained it's popularity in the 1920s and 1930s. Our decorative jewelry clasps, findings, and closures are both effective and charming. The trademark can also provide information about when and where a piece was made. They were used throughout the Victorian Era.
An essential reference for any jewelry owner. Clip-on earrings enjoyed another surge in popularity during the 1920s when the short, boy-like hairstyles worn by flappers offered ear embellishments to become a focal point once again. One way to learn is to watch eBay. I have a lovely two tone brooch, a cornucopia with wheat coming out of it. In order to prevent damage to the jewelry from the acids and oils of the skin, wipe earrings clean with a soft moist cloth after each wearing. Like the spring-ring clasp, a small nub poking out of the lobster claw end can be levered back and forth to attach to a ring on the other end of the jewelry piece. It's rare to find one with its original box and card.
V32067 hair earrings with kidney wire findings, circa 1880. That's one way of knowing the piece is at least 60 years old and more. Surprisingly enough, a lot of antique jewelry was marked in the most unusual of places so check along the edges, inside of the bale, the pin stem and even on the back of the pin stem! Although they all generally have the same basic construction, they may vary considerably in appearance and the exact number and shape of pieces used. Here are some popular clasp-free jewelry styles: Endless have a clasp-free design which allows for a truly uninterrupted flow. The Hook Clasp - You may have heard this type of vintage jewelry clasp being called by the name shepherd's hook because it looks like the staff shepherds and shepherdesses are known to carry with them in the fields. Safety pin clasps were also popular and were used from the late 1800s until the early 1900s, and are still used on some hand made pieces today.
Marks commonly used in vintage silver jewelry Purity marks for older silver pieces can differ from those commonly seen today. Your website is proving to be very helpful. It is made from the sap of a Malayan tree. It has a spring inside the ring that allows it to open and snap closed. The style of clasps will often give us a relatively good idea of how old a piece is. Trifari with Copyright Symbol no Crown In the 1970s and 1980s Trifari changed their signature by removing the crown symbol and switching to a slanted text.
Therefore, assuming that a patent number means the piece was produced before 1955 can be incorrect. . Hexagon clutches, hide-knot bead tips. The other types of clasps continued to be used, and are still used today. Before delving into the world of vintage clip-on earrings, it is important to know exactly what it is you are looking for in terms of style, closure, and period. Screw Back This closure must be screwed into place when wearing, but the advantage is that they are easily adjusted to the desired level of comfort and security.
This material is a type of fossilized wood that was first mined in Whitby, England in the mid 1800s. Curved at the end, the hook clasp hooks on and off a loop at the other end, affording easy attachment and removal of the jewelry piece. These are quite comfortable clips, but neither are used for large or heavy earrings. From 1956 through 1959, the survey found no examples of screw-back earring findings on the dated Hollycraft pieces. Has anyone seen this this before? I like to look up different styles and periods of jewelry to see what comes up and how much it sells for.
Only when I cleaned it did I realize it was silver. A tell-tale feature of an antique barrel clasp in fact may be a brassy appearance. We share our reference material free of charge and work hard to make it accurate, but as with any research, mistakes can be made. However, determining findings popularly used is possible. Many clasps on old jewelry such as pins broke in time so replacement ones were soldered onto the back.
If attempting to date a pair of earrings with screw-back findings, this information can be used to focus your research to before the mid-1950s. It can take the form of a large safety pin, or be shaped as a bar, either with clasps on either end or two spheres or cubes on either end, that unscrew and pass through holes in the collar similar to a bar cufflink. Another category of Florenza jewelry for dating research is the selection of large charm bracelets produced by the company, such as the two pictured here click on images for larger view : Referencing The Napier Co. The purer silver and gold which was used in the early part of the 20th century had rhodium and palladium added during the latter half of the century. Before becoming a full-time jewelry dealer, Mary Ann spent many years in the financial services industry, first as a business-owner, and later as a relationship manager with a large international bank. Magnet In magnetic closures, the magnets are set into the front and the back of the earring using magnets with opposite polarity on either side of the earlobe.