One of the best ways to avoid reproductions and fakes is to know and understand how originals are made. Reproductions are rarely made the same as originals due to changes in materials, labor costs and modern production techniques. When looking at brooches, you can get a good idea of the age of the piece by studying the catches, hinges and pins Fig. For the purposes of our discussion we are going to use the words "brooch" to mean the decorative, ornamental piece. The word "pin" will refer to the pointed piece of metal that pierces the clothing. The "hinge" is the assembly that allows the pin to pivot.
Dating necklaces: clasps and fasteners -Part I
How to Value and Date Your Vintage Cameo - Jonathan's Diamond Buyer
Get alerts of the antiques that interest you as soon as they are uploaded. Brooches come in many varieties, but Love Antiques only sells antique brooches that have stood the test of time. Our huge selection of vintage brooches emphasises the many different styles in brooch designs spanning from post Victorian styles through to the more contemporary highly popular 20th century brooches. Our vintage brooches for sale come in every single design and style available, whatever type of style, theme or period be it Victorian, Edwardian or Art Deco we are sure you will find the antique brooch you are looking for by browsing the site. Love Antiques makes shopping for an antique brooch easier with our online store. Our website is designed to be easy to use and navigate, so shopping for a vintage brooch or a brooch pin is quick and simple.
Vintage Clip-mates, Duettes, Dress Clips and Fur Clips and Double-prong Clips
Or you found some nice vintage jewelry at a yard or garage sale or at the thrift shop. Whether you plan to keep the jewelry as a family heirloom or would like to resell it, a knowledge of vintage jewelry marks will help you to identify and date it properly. Purity marks for older silver pieces can differ from those commonly seen today. Patent numbers are especially helpful when dating older vintage jewelry, and will be covered in a separate article in this series. It includes silver marks from many countries and you can access it here: Silver Marks.