It appears to have a clasp unchanged from the 1920's, has filigree and round silver discs and tear drops that dangle from it. At in Miami Florida, we always recommend that you view the back clasp and hinge before purchasing antique, estate or vintage pins and brooches online. The sister hook clasp was popular in the 1930s and 1940s. I thought your article was very informative. This jewelry is visually identifiable because of the Irish motifs.
Knowing which color gemstones were predominant at certain times in history goes a long way in helping to date a piece of jewelry. This does affect the value and aesthetics. I especially am impressed with the depth of the posts. Or, maybe it's just as simple as to give the owner a choice: Hmmm, pendant or brooch? Black jewelry can be found in abundance at flea markets, estate sales, and antique stores. The underside of the clip usually contains prongs to hold it securely in place. Many clasps on old jewelry such as pins broke in time so replacement ones were soldered onto the back. For many it is an addictive hobby.
V32067 hair earrings with kidney wire findings, circa 1880. I have researched this myself for days with no luck and am asking for help. Tube hinges were made by hand. To wear and enjoy a beautiful piece of antique and vintage jewelry with history can be a wonderful, exhilarating experience. The Hook Clasp - You may have heard this type of vintage jewelry clasp being called by the name shepherd's hook because it looks like the staff shepherds and shepherdesses are known to carry with them in the fields.
How will this affect value? The spring ring clasp, introduced in the early 20th century, is the most common vintage bracelet clasp. One piece, in particular, is a very large copper Indian vintage necklace that I need to find the value of. These items were photographed from private collections, and are for reference only. Miriam haskell jewelry is hugely popular and highly collectible. The pads below the hinge made soldering easier. The box clasp may sometimes also be referred to as a tongue and groove clasp. Carving jet was so popular that by 1870 there were more than two hundred jet shops in the small town of Whitby.
Good sources for this information can be found at: and the The photo shown here is a sterling silver filigree camphor glass necklace. On Vintage Bakelite brooches, the clasp would be embedded into the piece. Like the spring-ring clasp, a small nub poking out of the lobster claw end can be levered back and forth to attach to a ring on the other end of the jewelry piece. The center star has five enamel points and with five different images. Trombone clasps are primarily found in European jewelry and have been in use since the 1850's.
Jewelry findings are ready made pieces that jewelers use such as clasps, pin stems, hinges, etc. A genuinely old piece will have all the ingredients to confirm its authenticity. This back was then left uncovered, giving the piece an ''unfinished'' look. Trombone catch Next week, I will talk more about brooch clasps and hinges. C catches are generally always hand made. The other main clasp used was a very simple spring ring clasp but distinctive as it did not have the protruding prong the ''thumb'' part.
Modern safety catches are just another commodity that the jeweler or manufacturer buys ready-made to save labor. Is this a brooch or a pendant? They took the form of a C and C-clasps would continue to be used up until the early Edwardian period. I have 100 books on jewelry. She also has several Ivory necklaces and some scrimshaw bracelets and ring, a star ruby and diamond ring, that dates back to the early 1900s, which has a very unusual shape and other valuable pieces. Both fish hooks and kidney wire earring backs are still in use today.
C clasp with shorter pin Locking C Clasp These days most modern jewellery uses the later style of locking C clasp. The shape has been modified in the modern earring. Another clue to age provided by pins is how far they extend beyond the catch. Brooch that began to figure out how. The best jewelry detectives know that leftover components from earlier periods were sometimes used by frugal jewelry manufacturers, however, and clasps might have been replaced over time as well.