Dating costume jewellery

Then you will understand how it is made and what the backs look like (many online dealers show images of backs) so you don't end up with a cheap knockoff, or worse yet, fake Eisenberg. These were wholesaled to department stores like Sears and J. Penny's, who would put the jewelry in their own gift boxes.

One of the most fun jewelry collecting categories would be unsigned Weiss.

Buy jewelry books and look at photos of signed Weiss jewels. Most dealers don't mark up Weiss jewelry if it is unsigned, and you can find it all over flea markets, thrift stores & auctions.

With so much fake Weiss Coro often left jewelry unsigned, particularly jewels that came in sets; sometimes only one piece in the set was signed.

If you collect only signed jewelry, you will miss way too many highly collectible items.

The pieces were black and made of various types of materials: gutta percha, vulcanite, bog oak, ebonite and black glass.

Jewelry took the form of chatelaines, hair ornaments, lockets, pierced earrings, watch chains with fobs and seals, cameos, book chain style necklaces, hatpins, lavalieres, lace and lingerie pins, bangles, cufflinks and stud buttons.

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.

For information on valuing your jewelry, click HERE.

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