Dating antique jewelry

The ends of the original ear wires can be seen at the top of each earring.

VICTORIAN faceted smoky quartz with 14k yellow gold tested fittings earrings, it is no longer possible to respond to individual questions regarding jewelry history, identification or value, or to offer written or verbal appraisals or opinions.

GEORGIAN Stuart crystal ring with gold wire cipher on the inside, size 9-1/2, stone is 1/2" by 1/2".

Koski, Director, Wisconsin Historical Museum Whenever I give a presentation on antique and costume jewelry, it's often followed by a session on identifying pieces from the audience.

Usually the first question I am asked is, "What is this thing anyway?

You'll be amazed at what you could find and where you will find it.

Suddenly a piece of jewelry that you thought was newer or made of silver plate or gold plate now may be seen in a different light as genuine antique silver or gold with another store of value!

Rings from the early 1800s that are not dated may also have features to help identify them.

Stones in that period were often set in a close-backed mounting, and sometimes foiled as well.

The demand for this kind of information is absolutely too overwhelming for one dealer to fill.

I love jewelry, but appraising and selling are two entirely different businesses, and I choose selling and research as my business.

The difference between a collector and the Jewelry Investor... But when buying these jewels of yesterday, how can you invest money in jewelry antique and be certain that what you are buying is authentic and not relatively new and worth its claimed value? From my experience, one of the best date and value tips, is to buy from reputable dealers who guarantee their items.

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