Jewelry from this Period will often include floral, bow or scroll motifs along with animals, feathers or foliage.Commonly, you will find most Georgian jewelry to be memorial pieces.You can read the other articles in this series here: Part 1: Vintage Jewelry Marks: Help for Dating Your Vintage Jewelry Part 2: Silver Jewelry Marks: Learn to Identify and Date Silver Jewelry Part 3: Vintage Jewelry Patents: Find and Use them to Date Vintage Jewelry So let’s get started learning about vintage jewelry hardware.The earliest type of brooch clasp is a simple hook, also known as the C-clasp, since the hook is shaped like the letter “C.” It was used well into the 1930s.Vintage jewelry hardware refers to the various types of clasps, pins, earring backs, rings, and other elements used to create jewelry.These are also called “findings.” Techniques and elements have evolved over time, so knowing the types of hardware used during various eras will help you to properly date your vintage and antique jewelry.Diamonds were almost always set in silver because the sentiments of the time were that the silver color of the metal enhanced the properties of diamonds, whereas a gold surrounding did not as it may give the stone a yellow tint.
Improvements and modifications made throughout the 20th century.
According to Lang Antiques’ Antique Jewelry University, the term “hallmark” refers to any stamps or marks on jewelry and usually includes one or more of the following: Purity marks for older silver pieces can differ from those commonly seen today.
For example, most Sterling Silver Jewelry up until the 1940s era was usually stamped “STERLING” or “STER” or “STG.” The “925” mark did not come into common use until later.
The ring to the left is dated 1839 and incorporates the silver set rose cut diamonds on black enamel with 18k yellow gold and has a scroll like motif. The C-clasp has no rollover or locking mechanism and usually the longer it extends past the brooch typically the older the piece.
The reason being is for more security-the longer the more secure.