If you haven't done much of this before, it's a good idea to examine several jewels that have already been evaluated for date and quality by someone whose judgment you trust.Begin at home, assuming your collection encompasses various periods and both fine and costume jewels.The real fun begins when you turn the piece over, because you can learn an enormous amount from findings (called fittings, if they're custom-made for the jewel); often you can discover more from the back than the front. Is there clear evidence of replacement (blobs of solder or a soldering pad, obvious regilding, etc.)?It's crucial to determine whether clasps, hinges, wires and so forth are original. It's pretty hard to disguise a change of clasp or hinge on a brooch, and you can generally tell a pinstem has been shortened if it's slightly ragged, blunt or bent at the "pointy" end.It's a rare hand made piece that would be a lovely add on to your colle...1850s Floral Victorian Carved Agate Cameo Gold ... Unknown Victorian 1850s Diamond ring with beautiful bright sparkly old mine brilliant cut Diamonds in a 14k yellow gold and natural patina setting . Antique Carnelian Cameo Gold Dome Gold Ring Unknown Beautiful Ring mounted in 9k Rose Gold, marked 385.Unknown Stunning floral and birds make up the surround on this ring. Ring is large in scale measuring 1.10 in x 1 in, Ring is a size 7 and can be sized by your ... The Ring features an old hand carved carnelian depicting the face of a woman.For instance, genuine lavaliere necklaces that finish with baroque pearl drops originated circa 1890-1910; earrings with (original) screw-on backs can't be older than Edwardian; and dress clips, 9 chances out of 10, will date between the 1920s and 1940s, when they were most popular.Materials can provide a similarly solid framework for dating.
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Any woman would love to add this piece to their collection! Measurements: 1.46 x 1.14 in ( 3,7 x 2,9 cm ) Ring s...
This ring is crafted from 14k yellow gold and weighs 9.2 grams. Large Cameo Gold Ring Unknown This 14 carat yellow gold ring is decorated with a pretty woman’s head in bold relief.
That certainly describes a typical Victorian cameo, but cameos come in a much wider range of materials and designs.
A few types of jewelry are so closely associated with particular eras that you hardly have to think about it, beyond checking fabrication details to confirm they're *right* for the period and seeking signs of wear to ensure they aren't reproductions.
Start by searching each piece closely for markings and make careful note of them (before you forget and must keep looking over and over, which gets to be a bore.