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An ongoing Reference Album containing many of the questions posed by JR members and the answers provided.

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ANSWER: PROBABLY VICTORIAN

Jesse Moore - Pin
Date? What are the figures?

"The old "C" clasp is a dead giveaway...Revival pins used the swivel-head safety clasp, I'm pretty sure... in Victorian times, the pin stem would have extended beyond the "C" clasp, and often even extended beyond the brooch itself ...  The swivel-head safety clasp was invented in 1908, but didn't come into common use until the late 1920's" (Lynda Hartwell - Fabulous Facets)

1 3/8 inches by 7/8 inches

""I'm wondering if the dancing f..."
"The pin stem length can't always be ..."
"This looks very much like glass from..."
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ANSWER: FLAWED EMERALDS
Jesse Moore

Kramer Earrings

"Just found the references to these s..."
"These stones are referred to as Flaw..."
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ANSWER: PEYOTE BIRD - NATIVE AMERICAN

Amy Baker
Bolo tie
"There was never inlay in the dark, designed elements - it is a technique of oxidizing the valleys and then polishing the high points. Be careful not to 'clean' the dark, inset design elements as they are supposed to be dark like that. There are several artists known to use the B and I really could not make out the feather part of the hallmark. Sometimes cast silver has rough and patterned areas that really aren't anything but look like hallmarks." - Betsy in Maine


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Amy Baker
Bolo Tie Signature

Back of shield. B on the bottom and to the right some sort of markings-feathery looking design.

Helpful link from Betsy in Maine:
http://www.horsekeeping.com/jewelry/pins/peyote-bird-35.htm


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ANSWER: MICHAEL SCHWADE
Vera Battemarco

Modernist Necklace - Maker?


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Modernist Necklace by Michael Schwade

Vera Battemarco


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ANSWER: DAVID KUO CHAMPLEVE PIN

Vera Battemarco


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PIN BY DAVID KUO
Vera Battemarco


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ANSWER: LeStage Mfg. Co.

Mark on Lilly's bracelet:

"Thanks to Kathy, this is by LeStage Mfg Co. . .  Response from company via email sent by Lilly:
'This is an oval from our line years ago. The trademark style was used from 1930's to 1950's'" (Lilly)

"Possibly LeStage Manufacturing Co. i..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLY GOLDETTE - Late '60s-early '70s OR PIK MANUFACTURING

Vera Battemarco

Maker?


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ANSWER: POSSIBLE GOLDETTE OR PIK MANUFACTURING

Vera Battemarco
Slide bracelet back


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ANSWER: ITALIAN HALLMARK - LOCATION: AREZZO

Jesse Moore

Sterling snowflake brooch with open back
Light purple, dark amber, and light orange yellow or topaz stones. The back is marked "925 "a star" 1737 AR"
Measures 1 and 3/4 inches wide and 2 inches in height.


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ANSWER: ITALIAN HALLMARK - LOCATION: AREZZO

Jesse Moore
Sterling snowflake brooch

"The hallmark . . . is used in Italy and this style has been in use since 1968. The location is indicated by the AR and stands for Arezzo . . . The actual maker is the number in the middle."
Betsy in Maine

Link from Nicole St-Pierre:
http://www.925-1000.com/Fitalian_marks_01.html

"I have a bracelet marked with a * 32..."
"i have a vintage multi strand angel ..."
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ANSWER: MULTIPLE NAMES: ROBOTICS, WHIMISIES, 3-D STICK FIGURES

Alison Gadberry

Asian Water Carrier Pin

"I have just seen this type of pin in..."
"There are multiple names. The world ..."
"Kathy Flood's book on figurals calls..."
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ANSWER: CATHEDRAL BEADS - PROBABLY NEWER SET

Gayla Esch

Bead Parure


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ANSWER: DAMASCENE

Amy Baker

Cufflinks

Guilloche? Paint wash? Possibly Asian?  Cufflinks are 1 3/8" across.

"Looks like Damascene . . ."
"I agree 100% - looks like Spanish Da..."
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ANSWER: NUGGET BEADS

Elizabeth Keep

What is the name for this type of glass bead with the stripe at the equator?

"D&E refers to them as "Nugget B..."
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ANSWER: BRIGLIA EARRINGS
Nicole St-Pierre


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ANSWER: BRIGLIA: ITALIAN COSTUME JEWELRY MAKER IN THE 1980s

Nicole St-Pierre

Does anyone have information about Briglia?

"Briglia was an Italian costume jewel..."
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ANSWER: CZECH GLASS LAMPWORK BEADS

Dianne Lavenburg

Green Art Deco Bead Necklace

What are the beads?

"It is glass as I can see the swirls ..."
"I think the beads are Czech type gla..."
"The green beads look to be lampwork,..."
"Lovely Czech work, I think. It is GO..."
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ANSWER: STARBURST BY SARAH COVENTRY

Pendant/Necklace signed Sarah

Does anyone know the name of this?

Judi Bollan

"In my Book by Kay Oshel, page 119, i..."
"It is also shown on page 90 of Emmon..."
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ANSWER: PROBABLY A JOBBER SET

Dianne Lavenburg

Topaz Set

"Another good jobber set, 1950s."
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ANSWER: CAROLINA HERRERA

Melissa Hatfield

Contemporary Earrings

They are quite stunning contemporary clip earrings with glass domes..nor lucite!  they are marked CH in a circle..mark shown in photos. They measure 2 1/2" long and an inch wide on the bottom dangle.


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ANSWER: CAROLINA HERRERA

Melissa Hatfield

Contemporary Earrings Marked CH in a circle


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ANSWER: PROBABLY NOT WEISS

Beth Carlson

Are these missing something? The wires on the beads are just clips and bent over . . .

"Looks to me like there should be 3 b..."
"The crystal beads were put on to pos..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLY CHINESE OR JAPANESE

Elizabeth Keep

Reverse cut & etched glass screw-back earrings.  Glass is a bit Opaline and the rhinestones at the top are quite Opaline.  There is a small indent on the finding, visible under 30X that bears pre-revolution Chinese hallmarks but the cap of the screw-back is marked sterling.

"I have seen these same items with ca..."
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ANSWER: REVERSE CARVED INTAGLIO

Elizabeth Keep

What are these stones called, what is the glass in the reverse cut dangles called and any ideas as to dates?

"On a Swarovski color chart, it looks..."
"I think this reverse carving is call..."
"In art, this is also called cavo rel..."
"Many thanks!"
"I call these moonstone rhinestones."
"I also refer to the carving as "..."
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ANSWER: PROBABLY NOUVEAU REVIVAL

Nicole St-Pierre
Dress clip

Is this Nouveau Revival? I've seen a Nemo with the same back clip.

"I would call it Nouveau revival, too"
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ANSWER: PROBABLY NOUVEAU REVIVAL

Nicole St-Pierre
Dress Clip back


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Tracy Green

Signed Bijoux Lo-Sa.

Lo-Sa is affiliated with Coppola e Toppo of Italy and made prototypes for them.
All beads are glass, Swarovski on the cut-crystals in the pendant and brass clasp. The vertical pendant clusters are in 3 lengths.

"Gorgeous...."
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Tracy Green

Bijoux Lo-Sa

"WOW!!!!!"
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Answer:SANCREST

Front view of Native American style Faux Turquoise piece

Tracy Janik


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ANSWER: SANCREST

Does anyone recognize this mark?
Tracy Janik


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ANSWER: POSSIBLE SCHREINER

I am wondering if Schreiner ever had unsigned pieces and if anyone else might have used the trapezoid rhinestones they made famous. I have this beautiful Mauve rhinestone circle pin which is unsigned.

Vera Battemarco

"Schreiner very frequently did NOT si..."
"Schreiner also made/sold jewelry to ..."
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ANSWER: IRIS
What is the name of this type of stone again, is this rivoli? The pin is 800 silver with seedpearl accents, has a "c" hook clasp, and looks to me to be Victorian. Any thoughts? Carolyn Sunday

"I have a brooch with the same stones..."
"Czech Iris Glass sometimes called Ra..."
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Discussion of Jewelry with No Pin Stems- Only Two Loops on the Back

See next photo for reverse of this set with the loop construction.

Rebecca Fransway


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Necklace with Two Loops on the Back

Rebecca Fransway


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ANSWER: 1942-1948
Here is an early Trifari sterling silver floral bouquet pin. Looking to determine age and if it is an Alfred Phillipe design.
Carolyn Sunday

"Trifari did not use sterling until s..."
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ANSWER: PROBABLY MADE IN AUSTRIA

Gloria Barnhart

Pretty Fall Brooch

It is marked: Made in.  I just don't understand why they did not finish the marking.
I have a question for you.  Could it be made in Austria?


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ANSWER: PROBABLY MADE IN AUSTRIA

Gloria Barnhart

Pretty Fall Brooch marked "Made In"

"I've not a clue why that mark would ..."
"Oh now I see what you mean. It look..."
"Definitely Austrian."
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ANSWER: Copy of Raphael's Madonne of the Chair - famous Italian Renaissance painting reproduced in many mediums

Norma Adams

Pin

3" in diameter- The surface looks mosaic, but I don't believe it is - has slight sparkle in the background. The surface has dimension. It is thicker in the center.I had thought maybe paper mache', but it it much too hard for that, so it must be some kind of metal.The back is definitely metal as is the rim.The figures also are raised. I'm not even sure it is supposed to be Madonna and Child. There is another child's head in the background, and there is a pipe or lamp in the foreground.

"I'm glad you showed this, Norma. Yo..."
"Norma, I would have a tendency to lo..."
"Hmm, it does rather look like an old..."
"What you have is a copy of Raphael's..."
"Beth, her piece does look very old y..."
"Nicole, thank you for identifying th..."
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ANSWER: COPY OF RAPHAEL'S MADONNE OF THE CHAIR

Norma Adams
Pin - back

Back is plastic and has old crook closing


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ANSWER: POSSIBLY UNSIGNED BEAUTY

Erin Buffaline

White Milk Glass RS Necklace

Any help you can provide would be appreciated.  Could this be Juliana?  Thank you!

"I have had the earrings to set but h..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLY UNSIGNED BEAUTY

Erin Buffaline

White Milk Glass RS Necklace back


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ANSWER: "THUMBPRINT" STONES -POSSIBLY 1950s

Gloria Barnhart
Brooch

"The pearlized ones with the wavy sur..."
"I have this exact pin with the match..."
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ANSWER: "THUMBPRINT" STONES - POSSIBLY 1950s

Gloria Barnhart
Brooch back


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ANSWER: PROTECTED HOME CIRCLE (SEE LINK FOR WEBSITE TO IDENTIFY ORGANIZATIONS).
Does anyone know what PHC stands for? I received several college pins,and a tiny pin marked PHC Past President. The H is bigger than the P and the C, and the letters are intertwined.
Christia Schutt


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ANSWER: UNSIGNED FLORENZA

Gayla Esch

Crescent Moon Brooch

I thought this looked like Florenza...It isn't signed, and it looks too "new" to me to actually fit in either of the Weiss or Florenza categories.

"I think newer also, judging by the t..."
"It is unsigned Florenza. There are ..."
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ANSWER: UNSIGNED FLORENZA

Gayla Esch

Crescent Moon Brooch back


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ANSWER: BUBBLEITE OR FEATHERWEIGHT
I have this gorgeous bracelet I need help on. I know it is not celluloid but a lot of people call them that.
Delores Benedict


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Ad for Bubbleite

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ANSWER: HASKELL
Haskell? Czech? The plastic beads resemble the ones used on p149 of Cathy and Sheila's book, but the construction of the back is rather simple/crude...Also, one bead is missing--should I attempt to find a replacement (and is that even possible)? Carrie Pollack


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ANSWER: POSSIBLY TWISTED/PINCHED RECTANGLES

Kathy Taylor
Necklace & Bracelet Bead

Can anyone tell me what to call the stone shaped bead?

"Do you mean what to call the shape? ..."
"Beautiful!!!"
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE TWISTED/PINCHED RECTANGLE BEADS

Kathy Taylor's Set with the Blue Beads

"I have sets of these in green and al..."
"The set isn't marked."
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ANSWER: PEYOTE BIRD OR THUNDERBIRD POSSIBLY BY CITALI
Elizabeth Keep

Mexico bird brooch/pendant - eagle???

"I would call it a thunderbird."
"Hi Betsy--the "lali" looks..."
"I believe they call it a Peyote Bird..."
"Citlali ti is as I found another alm..."
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ANSWER: PEYOTE BIRD OR THUNDERBIRD

Betsy Keep

Bird mark - lali is visible but I can't torture it into anything.  Eagle 214 is assigned to Fleming but the mark is not  - the mark on the left looks like a J with a bird foot.


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ANSWER: POSSIBLY JOBBER PIECE OR WEISS DESIGN - 1950s

Elizabeth Keep

Wildly layered brooch with clear and ab rhinestones. Any ideas as to who and when?

"This is a jobber piece with swedged ..."
"Dan - THANK YOU!"
"Looks like a Weiss design to me."
"Because it has AB rhinestones, it wa..."
"Correction...AB was created in 1955."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLY JOBBER PIECE OR WEISS

Elizabeth Keep

Brooch back


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ANSWER: POSSIBLY A NEWER PIECE OR 60s

Mary Ann Docktor-Smith
Flip Ring

Blue and white enameled side of flip-ring. When you turn it sideways, you can see that it's an animal; maybe a lion or a lamb?

"Looks like a new piece to me - not v..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLY A NEW PIECE OR 60s PIECE

Mary Ann Docktor-Smith
Engraved side of flip ring.

Is there a particular time period when flip rings were popular?

"It looks to me that it is a 60s pi..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLY MARKED SIAM
Mary Ann Docktor-Smith

The mark is either four or five illegible letters, then 925 and at the bottom, STERLING.

Anyone recognize the partial mark?  Or have an idea who might have made a flip-ring like this?

"Could the mystery mark read "SI..."
"It looks like SIAM. Also, I see no e..."
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ANSWER: AVERTURINE
Leesa

Green Bracelet

What is this stone?
Is there any trick to tell Aventurine from Jade or some other semi-precious stone?

"It looks like Aventurine to me. The ..."
"Agree with Deb, looks like Aventurin..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE D&E/JULIANA
Bonnie Kirby

Rivoli Pendant and Clip Earrings

Rivoli pendant and earrings.  Earrings show rivoli stone as more greenish with slight amber tones.  Earrings measure 5/8" x 5/8".  Pendant matches earrings with the rivoli stone and then is surrounded with aurora borealis crystals and 18" adjustable chain also has aurora borealis stones in an amber green tone.  The pendant measures 1 1/8" wide and 2" long.

"I had the matching bracelet to the n..."
"I saw something like this on the Jul..."
"I have a brooch with similar rivoli ..."
"This exact set was sold to me as Ju..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE D&E/JULIANA
Bonnie Kirby

Rivoli Pendant back


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ANSWER: GLORIOSA LILY - BJL: UNKNOWN MAKER 1920-1930
Sue Weaver

Lotus Pin
The lotus enamel & marcasite brooch is signed BJL Who is this?

"Can't help with the mark, but the fl..."
"I have a very similiar pin, however ..."
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ANSWER: BJL: UNKNOWN MAKER-1920-1930

Sue Weaver
Signature BJL on pin

"I have the same enamel and marcasite..."
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ANSWER: BEAD CHAIN - USED IN THE 20s/30s and late 80s-early 90s

Merry Becker
Silvertone Necklace

The clasp IS broken. IDK the maker or even how to describe. Modernist, Studio, Egyptian revival? It says patent pending.
Does anyone recognize the piece?
Anyone want it?

"The preferred term for this style of..."
"How can you tell for sure that this ..."
"Mary if you still have this piece a..."
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ANSWER: BEAD CHAIN
Merry Becker

Silvertone Necklace Clasp

"I have several pieces with the same ..."
"These were hugely popular in the 192..."
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KRAMER "FRONT AND BACK EARRINGS"

Courtesy of Mary Ann Docktor-Smith

"In his book "Memoirs of a Fash..."
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KRAMER "FRONT AND BACK EARRINGS"
Courtesy of Mary Ann Docktor-Smith


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KRAMER "FRONT AND BACK EARRINGS"

Courtesy of Mary Ann Docktor-Smith


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ANSWER: POSSIBLY CZECH/BOHEMIAN -1920s-1930s

Linda Vogue
Frosted Glass/Crystal Swirl Dangle Earrings

Frosted glass/crystal swirl dangle earrings, some metal loss on hooks - Age?

"They look like Christmas tree orname..."
"I believe the glass pendants are pro..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE JOBBER SET AFTER 1955

Nancy Hopper-Cady
Atomic Brooch & Earrings

Information as to age and possible maker?

"That "atomic" set is unusu..."
"I have had this style set signed Cav..."
"Well, the AB dates it to after 1955."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE JOBBER SET AFTER 1955

Nancy Hopper-Cady
Atomic Brooch & Earrings Backs


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ANSWER: COILED WIRE BEADS - AFTER 1955

Tammy Grover
Bead Necklace

What are these beads called? Wire coiled beads? How old is it?

"I'm not sure of the exact name for t..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE WEISS

Bonnie Kirby
Rivoli Stone Brooch

Possible maker/age?

"I have several Weiss broches with th..."
"The center stone is a Rivoli swarovs..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE WEISS

Bonnie Kirby
Rivoli Stone Brooch Back

"Looks like a Weiss from the back as ..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE NATIVE AMERICAN -HOPI STYLE

Sharon
Turquoise Pendant

This lovely pendant has the most modern free form design and is only marked Sterling..could it be Native american or Mexican? The mixed metal reminds me of mexico.

"I am going to say native American on..."
"I'm going to guess artisan done in H..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE NATIVE AMERICAN- HOPI STYLE

Sharon
Turquoise Pendant back


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ANSWER: VERIFIED D&E

Merry Becker
Necklace

The necklace looks Czech deco to me? Would you agree? Victorian or Egyptian revival?

"Yep, I am pretty certain the cabs ar..."
"I saw some of the same (or very simi..."
"Thisnecklace has been verified as D&..."
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ANSWER: VERIFIED D&E

Merry Becker
Necklace back

"I would say German or Austrian maybe..."
"I know this might sound strange but ..."
"Those cabs were used by several comp..."
"I would say Czech - those little bra..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE MARRIAGE

Rea
Necklace

I have this necklace where the chain is definitely Haskell but the pendant, which matched perfectly is just marked in German G.E. Gesch. They really appear to belong together but I'm not sure. Have poured my Haskell book but can't find anything that lets me know for sure. So...has anyone else ever had Haskell marked this way? Is this a marriage?


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ANSWER: POSSIBLE MARRIAGE

Rea
Necklace - Haskell?

"I would guess that someone put the p..."
"Personally I think it's a marriage....."
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ANSWER: MEXICO STERLING

Dianne Lavenburg
Sterling Set

It looked like it was from Mexico. The curved end of the clasp says "sterling".  I cannot make out exactly what the back of the earrings say but I see an "x" so I assume it is Mexico.  I know NOTHING about jewelry from Mexico.  I would think if it is "older" it would have more hallmarks and maybe say 925 instead of sterling but I don't know.  I see screw back earrings which should indicate it is at least somewhat older (60's-70's one would think) but I'm not even sure about that.

"I can read the Mark as "Mexico&..."
"This is a beautiful set! “Sterling”..."
"I have The Little Book of Mexican Si..."
"I think the stones are glass. One o..."
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ANSWER: MEXICO STERLING

Dianne Lavenburg
Screwback earring signature


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ANSWER: 1930s

Dianne Lavenburg
Brooch

Do you agree it's from the 1930's era?  It looks like it to me considering the style and the pin mechanism.  What's kind of throwing me is the finish on the back. It's kind of a golden color but doesn't look like a gold wash. I don't know what it is...it kind of reminds me of what I see on the back of some Hollycraft pieces .. sort of.  Any ideas?

"Yes, I think it is from the 30's I'..."
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ANSWER: 1930s

Dianne Lavenburg
Brooch back


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ANSWER: FOILED LAMPWORK BEADS- PROBABLY CZECH/BOHEMIAN

Beth
Black with Pink Beads Necklace

Black with Pink Beads--I think these are from the 1940's--they are wire threaded with an older style spring ring clasp.
The holes are "dusty white" either from wear from the wires, or from the original manufacturing. They are stunning--I hope someone knows what they are!


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ANSWER: FOILED LAMPWORK BEADS - PROBABLY CZECH/BOHEMIAN

Beth
Black with Pink Beads Necklace

"The more modern type of foil beads c..."
"Beautiful! These are foiled lampwork..."
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ANSWER: CHINESE REVERSE PAINTING ON GLASS

Ann Torseth
Chinese inside-painted beads

Does anyone have information regarding its age and its story?

"I don't have any info the beads, but..."
"It's a beautiful necklace. I have no..."
"The reverse painted hollow glass bea..."
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ANSWER: ART MADE SAME PIECE
Does anyone recognize this brooch?Reminds me of Florenza or Hollycraft. It looks like there's a place for a mark but didn't take.
Lilly Vittetow


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ANSWER: LES BERNARD AND OTHERS -ALSO UNSIGNED

Ann Torseth
Choker

Does anyone recognize this piece?

"Not sure about this necklace. Possi..."
"I had that fabulous necklace once. I..."
"this piece was done by several peopl..."
"I have had this with the Les Bernard..."
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ANSWER: LES BERNARD AND OTHERS- ALSO UNSIGNED

Ann Torseth
Choker back

"Napier was very good about marking e..."
"This is Les Bernard also."
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ANSWER: UNSIGNED BEAUTY: POSSIBLE BOUCHER, MAZER, CINER

Ann Torseth
Striking Set

This parure has a patent number on the earring backs that states "Pat. 156452".  Does anyone know who is the manufacturer of this striking set?

"This set looks like Boucher to me."
"Boucher was pretty good about markin..."
"Regarding the parure, the patent num..."
"The parure looks a bit like some Cin..."
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ANSWER: UNSIGNED BEAUTY: POSSIBLE BOUCHER, MAZER, CINER

Ann Torseth
Striking Set back


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ANSWER: GLASS OPALS
Judy

Maltese Necklace

I bought this necklace at a flea market in Malta some years ago. It
is unmarked and has no great age to it far as I know, but am more interested in the stones. I bought it because the mostly blue round ones reminded me of the necklace on the 'Men In Black' cats necklace.
The Maltese have a thriving industry in Mdina glass (hope that spelling is right) so wondering if maybe this is another type of their glass? I have no idea what the stones are or what they are called.

"Just to say lots of people responded..."
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ANSWER: ANSWER: POSSIBLE CLOAK CLASP OR SASH BUCKLE
Elizabeth Keep

This has a very strong smell when under hot water BUT the simichrome test is not yellow but deep red.  It shows no loss to the red. It is much more translucent than the cinnabar pieces I saw. Plus, nothing spoke of cinnabar having a strong smell when hot.


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ANSWER: POSSIBLE CLOAK CLASP OR SASH BUCKLE
Elizabeth Keep

The back - what is this????
The two loops are a hard plastic of some sort. The whole odd ball is about 2-3/8" long and 7/8 at the chubby bottom.

"At a glance, it reminds me of Cinnab..."
"I can't be sure from the photo, are ..."
"Looks Like A Sash Buckle. What is th..."
"I have something similar, and when I..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE FRENCH FOR BALINESE (AS IN BALI) ART
Betsy in Maine

Brooch

I picked up an odd ball (I like it) brooch signed Artbalines and have had no luck getting info.

"I picked up a pin myself today in th..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE FRENCH FOR BALINESE (AS IN BALI) ART
Betsy in Maine

Brooch
Any information on this signature?

"I wonder if the Artbalines is maybe ..."
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ANSWER: CHINESE JADE SHOE CLIP
Betsy in Maine

Shoe Clip

"The Chinese piece is a shoe clip and..."
"I am referencing the white jade shoe..."
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ANSWER: CHINESE JADE SHOE CLIP
Betsy in Maine

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ANSWER: CINER & POSSIBLY NEWER
Dianne Lavenburg

I don't believe I've had another Ciner piece before.  I looked on Dotty's page and see Ciner is still in business. Mine is marked Ciner with a copyright mark under the tail but I don't know if that's what they still use. I googled Ciner and dachshund and dog and wiener dog and everything I could think of  and couldn't find anything on this little guy.

"Hi Dianne I have seen a few (2 or 3..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE PANTHER - DESIGNER UNSURE/POSSIBLY CAROLEE?
Gayla Esch

Is this a lioness? Cougar? Panther? Jaguar?

Nicely made pin, but not signed.  It's got a place on the back that looks like it could have been a cartouche, but I'm not sure.  The finishing of the back makes me think it is a later dated pin?

"It may be a panther... Love the gree..."
"I might think Carolee - beautifully ..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE PANTHER - DESIGNER UNSURE

Gayla Esch


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ANSWER: POSSIBLY ROGER SCEMAMA FOR YVES SAINT LAURENT
Dianne Lavenburg

It has AB stones so of course it's post 1955, but I'm not sure after that. Of course it's not signed either so if anyone has an idea of a maker, that would be good too but I've got a feeling attribution isn't easy for this one and it will remain an unsigned beauty.  I didn't photo the back because it's no different than the front.  The back of the clasp is just plain goldtone metal.  
Diane Lavenburg

"Can't help you Dianne except to say ..."
"I've never seen another, and just wa..."
"I was just on Ginger Moro's site and..."
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ANSWER: GOLD FILLED - POSSIBLY CIRCA 1940s
Karla Wacker

This Birk's lapel watch -- What do the markings on the brooch part of it mean?  Also anyone have any idea on age?

"Regarding the Birks watch. GF on the..."
"The GF is gold filled I believe. Is..."
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ANSWER: NR COULD MEAN "KJL
for AVON, MADE IN CHINA".
This is a 3 inch starburst with red center.  Done in both gold tone and silver tone finishes, the signature on reverse is KJL in an oval and on the opposite side of the reverse is another smaller oval with NR inside.
Roberta Villanueva


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ANSWER:  D'OR, NOT DIOR
Does Dior ever mark their pieces simply "Dior" and were they set in sterling? This poodle pin with a partial mark. It is an extremely well detailed poodle figural, sterling with heavy gold wash and tiny little turqouise and coral gems in the collar and eyes.  
Carolyn Sunday


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ANSWER:  PROBABLY HAR
I have a set that might be HAR but is unmarked. I checked with a HAR collector and was told he had never seen them use a mesh bracelet. However, a picture of one with the Chinese men in a book it shows the mesh bracelet.  Is the bracelet set Har?  
Bobye Syverson


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ANSWER: FREDERIC DUCLOS
Need help on a signature. It's on a Sterling nugget necklace and is in script. The word under the .925 says, "Electrifired" - whatever that means.
Gail Gupton


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ANSWER: HASKELL
This may be a long shot, but I swear I have seen pieces similar as this that were Haskell/Hess. Do you think this one is too? Or a knock-off?
Karen

"From the back it just doesn't look w..."
"I would agree Deb, but if you go to ..."
"MO, It's Haskell"
"It's Haskell"
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ANSWER: KINGFISHER FEATHER PENDANT
I bought a necklace with a huge pendant--at first glance I thought it was painted enamel and some had chipped off. The chain was Germany vintage 14k gold. So that is why I bought it. As I inspected it closer with a loop what I thought was painted enamel looks like feathers. It also has a soft feel. It is 3 inches across.  
Mary in Florida


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ANSWER: SAME PIN ALSO MARKED B&W
Avon Pin NR stands for the jobber not Nettie Rosenstein or Nina Ricci..
Has anyone seen this Christmas tree pin before? It is signed NR. Searching did not turn up much except a Nettie Rosenstein. I do not think this is a Nettie, nor Nina Ricci.
Christia Schutt

"Someone has this listed on Ebay as N..."
"Not Nettie! This pin is by Avon. N..."
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ANSWER: MARCUS & CO.
Does anyone know who this mark is from? It's a bumblebee - or at least looks like one!
KJ


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ANSWER:  TRIFARI MADE FOR AVON
Are we saying that Trifari made pieces for Avon to sell or are they for something else like reps awards?
Mary in England

"As I understand it, the Evening Crea..."
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ANSWER: COREL TIED TO CORO, THROUGH RICHTON
I have searched online and in my books and I can not find any information about jewelry marked COREL. I have a partridge pin with that signature on a cartouche. Is anyone familiar with COREL? Thanks so much.
Mary Nefzger


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ANSWER: GLASS MOONSTONES
What are these stones are called?
They have a purple hue to them that is not showing up in the photograph. They also have an
iridescent appearance and the center of many of these stones looks like cat eyes. The purple/blue does have red undertones to the overall color but not such that there is a transition of blue to red within the stone itself.
Melinda

"Glass moonstones."
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ANSWER: PROBABLY REAL SCARAB, LINK TO SITE
I think I have found a real scarab pendant this weekend (actually 2, so maybe originally earrings?). I have been searching the web for more info and can't seem to find anything with actual pictures. Does anyone have a good site that they use?
Lilly Vittetow

"Lilly, could the "bugs" be..."
"Great site. Wish I could send them a..."
"Real Egyptian dung beetles are mediu..."
"without seeing the underside I do no..."
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ANSWER: FRENCH, SAVARD & FILS, 1900-1910.
Here is a gorgeous very dainty Catholic bracelet. Some of the pieces have signatures on them. There is some type of signature on the back, but I do not know what it says or means. I believe it is in a foreign language. If anyone could help that would be wonderful.
Barbara Diddle


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Previous Bracelet Signature

Barbara Diddle

"Beautiful bracelet, Barbara. It look..."
"I could read Savard et Fils (Savard ..."
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POSSIBLE HOBE
I wonder if anybody has ever seen this necklace signed, or who's it might be. It's a lovely jet black and clear rhinestone necklace with a slide-in clasp. It appears to be very well constructed, and weighty. I'm wondering if perhaps it could be Kramer?  
Robin M.


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ANSWER: PATRIOTIC PIN HOLDING PHOTO.
Would this pin be consider a Mustard seed Pin, If you look closely under there is a small dot? Or is this some sort of Patriotic Pin?
Wendy

"Wendy...it looks like you can screw ..."
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ANSWER: CONSENSUS IS HASKELL
I think I acquired my first Haskell. Unsigned - so I need someone to authenticate it, if indeed, it is a Haskell pin (found a similar one on EBay).
Gail


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ANSWER: POMERANTZ
It's a clamper that barely opens with a safety chain - front Asian man 2" W - to 3/4" in back- (makes me think it's either Har or Selro/Selini) has horns above his head that end in pearls. Each side has 11 glass
cabachons (all present and appear to be original). It has had a different finish but appears to be brass.
Dee


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ANSWER: CARLISLE SOLD BY CONSULTANTS - LINKS
I notice that our Robin gave the Carlisle mark to Illusion Jewels. I've found a number of Carlisle designers. One is Caroline which is not this designer. So here are the 2 pieces. One is a faux pearl pair of earrings and a choker necklace without a signature.
Shanti


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ANSWER: 20S-30s, ITALIAN
I need a little help on this piece, not sure of the dating on it, etc.  Any help would be appreciated. This very old Cameo bracelet has 3 raised bars between each cameo, gold on either side and a silver one in the center. The clasp has 8g or the start of 800, I believe that is German Silver? Also is this Cannetille or just plain filigree?
Sheri Weiss


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ANSWER: UNMARKED HOBE
I have this set of Hobe Egyptian theme with bakelite pieces. It came with a letter from Hobe. The pieces are not marked. I've searched for similar pieces but can't find any on the internet. I just don't know what kind of price this set would get. Is it rare? Or even collectible? Or too ugly for a collector?
KJ


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ANSWER: UNSIGNED WEISS PIN
The first is a Daisy pin and looks very much to be an unsigned Weiss...shot in the dark maybe unsigned Schreiner?
Judi Bollan


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ANSWER: FROM COIN BOARD ON eBAY, SILVER COIN BRACELET FROM HYDERABAD, 1925
The 2nd picture is the back. The are domed a bit. There appears to be a bunch of middle eastern writings on the back too.

Lilly Vittetow


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Does anyone have any opinions on this bracelet? Age, theme, origin, coins, scenes? Anything?
Lilly Vittetow

"It is middle eastern..one of the ara..."
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ANSWER: HIGH QUALITY NEWER BANGLE
I have this super fat lucite hinged bangle bracelet. The clasp is magnetic and very strong. It has a designer look to me. Has anyone ever seen this before?
Julie Levine

"It is Inna Citrine bracelet. There a..."
"I have the bracelet and earrings, bo..."
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ANSWER: BRIDLE ROSETTE
Just got an email from a viewer on my site stating that this is not a buckle, but would be used for a horse tack or something similar, Others have said the "buckle" was a western type buckle that was unusual but not unheard of in syle.I am also trying to id the origin as Native American (I thought possibly Navajo) versus Mexican.  
Nancy Brace

"If you can tell us the size it would..."
"It looks like half of a set of Bridl..."
"I think that any application whereby..."
"Hello Nancy. What you have is a conc..."
"Hello...this is definitely a western..."
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ANSWER: ATTRIBUTED TO SCHIAPARELLI, ALSO COULD BE CHANEL. DESIGNER: MAGGY ROUFF
This is unsigned, the dealer has seen it on several occasions over the years and swears it was done by an obscure women designer, for a very well known one. I am hoping someone will recognize it and reaffirm the manufacturer.
Carolyn Newhouse

"He is attributed to Schiaparelli, Ca..."
"It was sold to me as Chanel. 1930's...."
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ANSWER: PENDANT BY SOUTHWESTERN ARTIST, BILL WORRELL.
I'm not sure what to call this pendant. It looks like a Native American design but I really have no idea what it is! It appears to be brass or bronze. It has writing on the back but I can't read it all. I can see "New Art Studio" a possible date and Winnifred Worell(?)
April


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ANSWER: VICTORIAN WITH CANNETILLE.
I have never seen anything quite like this. Ornate filigree caps set with boho rose cut garnets and placed over domed halves. Early c-clasp and tube hinge, Victorian. Is there a special name for this, or is it just a Victorian Boho Garnet pin? Measures 1 5/8" x 1 1/4", unmarked but tests as sterling.
Julie


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Picture of Tube Hinge and C Clasp

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ANSWER: STAMPED FILIGREE WITH ANTIQUE FINISH
Beautiful Ab stones are set on this metal base. I don't think this is cannetille?? Also any info on era & maker?
Jovite


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ANSWER: VICTORIA FLEMING, ENAMEL ARTIST - LINK TO ARTICLE BY CHERI VAN HOOVER
Who was Victoria Flemming? I tried googling her but only found a couple examples of her work. Who was she and how is her work distinguished?
Anne Morrissey


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ANSWER: POSSIBLE SCHREINER - DISCUSSION OF DONUT HOLE CLIPS
Another pair of earrings that I'm almost positive is Schreiner. What do you think?
Lilly Vittetow


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ANSWER: POSSIBLE SELRO
I've been seeing this clasp on a bunch of different vintage bracelets. Does anyone recognize it and if so, who used it or were there many who used it?
Kathie Davis


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ANSWER: MURANO WITH AVENTURINE, MILLEFIORE CANE SLICE
I have a necklace with fancy glass beads that have 'gold dust' swirling inside the double-sided clear sections. Does anyone have a name for them?
Gail Gupton


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ANSWER: PRIMARILY 50s & 60s
When was enamel work popular?  You know the kind that the home hobbyist did.  Here are some earrings that caught my eye.   I have always wondered when it was popular.  I seem to remember the 1960s.
Gloria Barnhart


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ANSWER: INDIAN, THAI, BURMA, MIDEAST ORIGIN. AGE UNKNOWN
It tested out to a low grade silver. The stones Large Cabachons are moonstones, the diamond look stones are rock crystal, and the sapphire blue stones are also rock crystal. and the hook clasp is different Centerpiece is hinged.
Bob Brown


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ANSWER: FIFTH AVENUE COLLECTION
The necklace and earrings are marked FAC. One side has red and green glass cabachons with clear rhinestones and faux pearls. When you flip it over, the cabachons are red & black! Is this is a new set?
Mary Nefzger


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ANSWER: PERIOD COPY OF TRIFARI PIN
This carriage brooch is SO cute, well made and in great shape.  I could have sworn I've seen it before but I can't find it now.  No marks but reminds me of the Coro 3d pieces they made.
Lilly Vittetow

"I have the same piece and it's signe..."
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ANSWER: HOBCO
Wondering if anyone might recognize this mark?  I’ve been unsuccessful with my research.
Rosie Dyer


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ANSWER: DAFRI
Has anyone ever heard of this company?  That's what the signature on the back of this bracelet looks like it says to me.  It's that or Dafr or Dafa but I am fairly certain it's Dafir.
Kathie Davis


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ANSWER GLASCOW, 1951-52
I believe this is a Scottish agate brooch. There is a thistle hallmark as well as the lion rampant.
Camille Potts


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ANSWER: MIZPAH
We have a question about a mark.  We found some shamrock cuff links in a jewelry box that we inherited. On the back they are stamped ENGLAND, surprisingly enough. Above the ENGLAND are 2 hearts with an arrow through them. Above the hearts are 5 characters. The middle ones are taller than the end ones. They look like WZPAH.
Linda & Beverly

"This is the signature for Mizpah jew..."
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ANSWER: MIRABO IS MARK OF CONTEMPORARY KOREAN COMPANY
I just got a pair of earrings that marked Mirabo with what looks like a crown in front.
Karla


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ANSWER: SELRO/SELINI THAI GIRLS
I think I found my first Selro or Selini princess bracelet this week!  Please let me know what you think, obviously not.
Lilly Vittetow


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Did Boucher make the Gryphon/Griffin WITHOUT the enamel detailing? I have what looks like one.. Would like to determine if it is a period copy or the real deal..
Tracy Janik

"This came up on the other list a cou..."
"There has definitely been a repro ma..."
"I have shown this to the group more ..."
"Always love to look at it, Jan! And..."
"I have this with red enamel eye or l..."
"I have this also ...all pave with re..."
"sorry for duplicate"
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BACK VIEW

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I have shown this to the group more than once but for those that haven't seen it, it is the original Boucher exotic / fantasy pin. It's not a repro, fake, re-issue, recast or otherwise ... it's the real deal ;)
Jan Gaughan


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GOLD FILLED ARTICLE LINK
Can anyone help me with any pertinent  information about this sweet piece? It's a hand painted portrait miniature. Don't know what it's painted on. Behind glass. Set in a GF frame/pendent. Any help at all would be so appreciated!
Nicole

"That piece looks like a transfer wit..."
"The only way you're going to be able..."
"Thank you both for looking. The port..."
"I've had this portrait on a locket a..."
"I have the same portrait in gold fil..."
"Thank you all for the nformation! So..."
"The article about gold filled jewelr..."
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ANSWER:  DUJAY
It is rhodium plated, encrusted with pave rhinestones, a huge faceted blue glass stone, and metallic enameling, and it is very well made. It is only marked with the number 4 on the stem, and I can't find any other markings. I am wondering if anyone has any ideas about who the designer might be, the style reminds me of Du Jay or possibly Boucher...it is quite large measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".
Lenae


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ANSWER: SELRO
Unsigned. I'm pretty sure that it is Selro, but would like confirmation from some Selro collectors. Am I right that many Selro pieces were not signed?
Linda Kripke

"Hi Linda, Yes, this is Selro. I ..."
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ANSWER: MEXICAN SOUVENIR BRACELET
I found these 2 Mexico bracelets this weekend at 2 different locations. Very similiar designs but totally different marks.  The first one the original owner admitted that she always polished it to keep it looking. I looked in the little book of mexican trade marks but didn't see them, but maybe there are parts missing. Anyone have any thoughts? Dates? Marks translations? Anything?
Lilly Vittetow


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ANSWER: SCARABE FINISH
Can anyone tell me what this gorgeous rainbow art glass cab is called.
Karla Wacker


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ANSWER: CHATELAINE
The Hattie .... what style would you call it?.. it's a double pin... any idea on age?...
Shanti Forte


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ANSWER: MOST LIKELY A FAKE
Help everyone. What can you tell me about this this Boucher brooch?
Karla Wacker

"Hmm, that flower basket brooch doesn..."
"I love the basket. Have you looked ..."
"Is this signed Boucher flower Basket..."
"Sadly Karla it's a fake. Boucher did..."
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Mark

Karla Wacker


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ANSWER: REPRODUCTION
What can you tell me about this Eisenberg bow?  
Karla Wacker

"Some how I missed this post. Can't h..."
"Karla, your Eisenberg bow is a repro..."
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Back View

Karla Wacker


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ANSWER: METALICIZED PLASTIC SETTING WITH CONFETTI LUCITE
I have a pair of earrings marked PAM with a copyright symbol in front of the mark.  These earrings look to be 1950's confetti vintage to me.  Does anyone know anything about the company?
Dianne Lavenburg

"Hi, Dianne- My mother-in-law gave..."
"Information from Classic American Co..."
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ANSWER: LIKELY SCHREINER
This brooch that screams Schreiner, but is not marked. It is 2 1/2 inches long, has the "hook & eye" construction, small glass stones and large plastic stones. It is missing the safety catch part of the fastener.
Dotty Stringfeld


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ANSWER: DESIGNED BY PAULO GUCCI
These earclips look like 80s/90s style and construction. Marked PAOLO in block letters vertically on the clips. Have I got the right time frame?
Linda Jo


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ANSWER: CLIP PIN
What do you call these dress clips and frame?  If it was Coro you would call it a duette.  If it was Trifari you call it clipmate.  
Gloria Barnhart


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ANSWER: PAINTED REVERSE CARVED INTAGLIO
I wonder if I'd call this lipstick case kaleidescope or paperweight?
Sharon Hall

"If it creates new designs upon turni..."
"Thanks for looking LINDA..the JB sai..."
"You might be interested in my paperw..."
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ANSWER: PLIQUE A JOUR, EUROPEAN SILVER
What is this type of enamel work called? It is marked 800 and is goldtone in color.  What does the mark 800 mean?
Gloria Barnhart


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I found the real Coro AB horse, and then later found a copy of it. And although the pics aren't the best, I thought I would share them both side by side. The copy, on the right in the pics, has a green eye, and the original has a red eye. I had to replace 2 AB rs's in the copy, but it is sooooo fun to have them both!
Melissa Hatfield


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ANSWER: CHINA, 800 SILVER TEAPOT
I have this fun brooch. I was told it was a samovar brooch. It is marked silver on the back.
Karla


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ANSWER: BOUCHER
Anyone seen this set or a matching piece signed? Quality reeks from it with heavy plating and gorgeous design. Quality is comparable to Mazer, Pennino, old Trifari, Boucher...  
Lilly Vittetow

"I found it in "ABC's of Costume..."
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ANSWER: COLCO COULD BE BY SELENGER
I realized it is signed on the Pendant and bracelet  COLCO ©.  I cannot find anything in searching on the company....
Linda Lange


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ANSWER: OPERCULUM SHELLS
What are the stones on the right? They almost look like eyes. Seems these were used in Victorian jewelry?
Rosie

"Operculum: The operculum is part of ..."
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ANSWER: OPALESCENT GLASS OR OPALINE
What are these beads called.  They are glass and heavy. They do respond to a black light.

Gloria Barnhart

"I believe this was called vaseline g..."
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ANSWER: IRIS
Is there a name for the color of these glass beads?  They clear glass with swirls of other colors.
Gloria Barnhart


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ANSWER: TRIFARI EMPRESS EUGENIE LINE
Is the blue enamel correct or has it been added? Do you think it could be from the 1940s? I think it is a early piece.
Gloria Barnhart

"The enamel is original and I believe..."
"I believe the blue enamel is correct..."
"FABULOUS bracelet! It is from the &..."
"I have some early Trifari bracelets ..."
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ANSWER: LATE 40S, EARLY 50S.
I have this oriental style expansion bracelet. I think the green inserts are plastic. Anyone know anything?
Karla Wacker

"I have the identical green expansion..."
"Thanks! Do you think it is Chinese?"
"Not really, the Characters are Chine..."
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ANSWER: KENNETH COLE
Love these earrings and the stones look like semi precious. The Mark is KC. Any ideas?
Delores Benedict


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ANSWER: TORTOLANI/CRISLU CONNECTION
And here's an interesting piece marked both Tortolani and Crislu. The Crislu mark is dated 1964. I know there is a combined Tortolani/Crislu mark that is contemporary, but it looks nothing like this. Does anyone know how the history of these 2 companies is connected?
Cheri Van Hoover


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ANSWER: TRIFARI TIE-UPS
I have never seen this. It says Tie-ups by Trifari. It has a little booklet that says It's a pair of clips! It's a bracelet. I hope the picture is clear. I just wanted to share it with you.
Gloria Barnhart


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Someone asked to see a picture of the back of the Trifari Tieups.  I had not looked at the back.  I was surprised.  They are just like clip on earrings except they have little teeth.
Gloria Barnhart


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ANSWER: FRAGONARD IS ARTIST'S NAME.
Here's my latest find..a really cool fragonard set..is it from the 50's?
Sharon Hall


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ANSWER: FAKE ROLEX-LINK FOR INFO
Is this a real Rolex?
Sharon Hall

"First take the Rolex to a Rolex deal..."
"Thanks so much for the link to that ..."
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ANSWER: BYLIE CO.
I came home with this curious piece of jewelry but the chain is broken at the end so I can not fathom what it's purpose was! (only one chain & only one place for a chain on one side, so not a necklace). Also it is signed by a company I've never heard of: copyright symbol) 1950 by I.I.E. Co. Here is (to me) another part of the mystery, I thought that the copyright symbol wasn't used until 1955?
Kimber McLemore


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ANSWER: PROBABLY 1940S VERMEIL.
Recently I found these Russian dancers (I think that's what they are suppose to be), in their original box and in mint condition. First they are suppose to be Russian correct?  Second, when would you date them to? I'm thinking about the 40's.  Anyone recognize them?  I can't find a mark anywhere on them.  
Lilly Vittetow

"They are darling. I don't recognize ..."
"I just found your lady dancer in Mar..."
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ANSWER: S&CM SHVED & COHEN SINCE 1954.
With the naked eye it's not clearly stamped but under my 10x loupe with eyes straining it does read: S&G prefixed with the copyright symbol. I'm 99.9% certain it reads S&G. This particular piece has the the same quality of Lisner jewelry. I was impressed with the brilliance of the gold tone finish as well as the chain.
Jan Gaughan


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ANSWER: POSSIBLE WEST GERMANY
The necklace is 17" long. All beads are glass and wired on, but not with head pins, but through and then to the next bead, if that makes sense.
Dinah Taylor


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ANSWER: MOLDED PLASTIC LEAVES
Are these Trifari earrings considered fruit salad?
Lilly Vittetow

"Those are neat earrings Lilly, but n..."
"I know about the "fruit" o..."
"I've read the same thing...I think t..."
"I think the "fruit" or lea..."
"I think the term fruit salad has bee..."
"Okay, I get the "fruit" pa..."
"We've had this discussion many times..."
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ANSWER: IVORY WITH 14K (585 EUROPEAN MARK)
It is a simple ivory colored cuff bracelet with a very very small, strange mark on the inside which looks like 585 to me. The mark seems to be carved into the back of the bracelet somehow and then filled in with a gold color which matches the gold decoration on the bracelet itself.  Also, the bracelet has cross hatch marks in it which I have read are signs of ivory. I ran hot water over the bracelet to see if it might be bakelite but no telltale smell.
Diane Lavenburg

"They had lifted ban on caches of ivo..."
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ANSWER: FRANKLIN MINT, JACKIE O COLLECTION.
Have this very nice faux pearl necklace set.  High quality beads and great rhodium clasp.  Has a hang tag that has a script “J” on one side and the block letters FM on the other.
Karen Bird

"FM is Franklin Mint; the J is for re..."
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ANSWER: PROBABLY THOMAS L. MOTT.
One is a butterfly wing necklace. I'm wondering if you can help with the numbers on the back. I can't find anything about them.
Judy Miller


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ANSWER: NOT SELRO/SELINI.
I'm sure hoping someone will help me with the identity of these
unsigned beauties..selro perhaps/??
Sharon Hall

"I'd have to say definitely no on the..."
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ANSWER: MATISSE/RENOIR DOESN'T ALWAYS HAVE ENAMEL.
I have this copper bracelet marked "Matisse". I had thought the Renoir Matisse pieces all had enameling but there is no sign of it on this bracelet. It doesn't look like an enameled panel could have been attached underneath it, either. Could it have been mis-stamped?
Cheryl Killmer


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ANSWER: TORTOLANI
I'm hoping someone can help with the possible maker of this lovely silver tone bracelet..it has an old style clasp and looked like silverplate perhaps..?
Sharon Hall


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ANSWER: WWII, LATE 40S.
Does anyone know anything about this set? It's made of aluminum and I'm wondering about the time period for it.
Kaye


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ANSWER: D.F. BRIGGS, CARMEN LINE.
I have a really pretty expansion style bracelet that has a mark I am not familiar with, it says "The D.F.B. Co." It also says "Carmen" which I assume is the name of the design, also says "Made in the U.S.A." and "4 x 1". Any thoughts??
Brandy Smith


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ANSWER: SCHREINER
A gorgeous royal blue brooch which is very unique in that the setting of some stones are sideways so when wearing have dimentional views.
Geri Ramsier


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Schreiner pin back

Geri Ramsier


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Greek Worry Beads
Per Wikipedia: Greek komboloi (worry beads) generally have an odd number of beads (usually one more than a multiple of four, e.g. (4x4)+1, (5x4)+1, and so on) and usually have a "head" composed of a fixed bead (παπάς 'priest'), a shield (θυρεός) to separate the two threads and help the beads to flow freely, and a tassel (φούντα). Usually the length of a komboloi is approximately two palm widths.


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ANSWER: NOT DRAGON'S BREATH
I found this in a lot of jewels. It's got a brass backing...at first I thought it was just a random rhinestone. Now I'm thinking jelly opal dragon's breath stone???
Sharon Hall

"I can't tell without seeing a differ..."
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Susan Corwin's pretty dragon breath stone ring

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ANSWER: F.A. HERMANN CO.
I thought for sure this was on one of the sites, but when I checked I couldn't find it, hopefully I just missed it. Any help is appreciated. Hobe used a Triangle, but had the whole name inside.
Sheri Weiss


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ANSWER: CLOISONNE BEADS
I bought this strand of beads this week and am at loss whether to call them millefiore or Cloisonne. They are vintage, hand knotted and strung on blue thread. Each bead has flowers and gold scroll on it and the clasp is marked silver and has an Oriental look so I lean toward cloisonne, but wanted some one with more knowledge of beads than me to give me their opinion.
Evelyn Howell

"These would be cloisonne beads. The ..."
"The gold on them makes them look lik..."
"From what I can tell from your pic I..."
"The close-up pic of the necklace def..."
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ANSWER: PROBABLY BY MONET.
Is it a tussy mussy? It can hold a little flower.
Delores Benedict

"Delores, it looks very much like a M..."
"Check out Jim's Monet webpage. Secon..."
"http://www.jewelrypatents.com/Monet/"
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ANSWER: POSSIBLY PERUVIAN
Can anyone help me with this funny bird pin?  The style is very familiar but I just can't seem to find any info. about it. I'd really appreciate any help with the bird (and the stones, though they are probably glass).
Toy Nicole

"This bird reminds me of a stork, de..."
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ANSWER: DYED MOTHER OF PEARL
I need help with the material in this brooch. It looks like carved dyed shell to me but I have been wrong before.  Does anyone have a idea what the material is that is used in the flowers and leaves?
Gloria Barnhart


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ANSWER: NOT A HONEYMOON BROOCH
I need help with the symbolism on this brooch.  Is this a honeymoon brooch?  What do the simulated pearls mean?
Gloria Barnhart


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ANSWER: ANDEAN QUENA (FLUTE) PLAYER
Was wondering if anyone know what this necklace depicts?
Rea Maurice

"It's a Peruvian/Andean quena (flute)..."
"Look like a flute or pan flute playe..."
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ANSWER: MARBOUX (Boucher)
I have a necklace that is marked MX509.  Fairly heavy, nicely made, no other markings.  Anyone have any ideas?
Lilly Vittetow

"Strange! Do you think it's a model ..."
"Check Marboux, for some reason it lo..."
"Thanks Sheri! That's probably it. I ..."
"It's for Marboux, Boucher's lower pr..."
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ANSWER: 80S BALSA WOOD NECKLACE
I have this necklace of very light weight wooden beads, and wooden animals. There are also some ceramic, and glass beads in it. It is strung on some type of string (not fishing string, and not wire). Any ideas age, origin, and what is this very light weight wood called.
Karla


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ANSWER: TABLE TIN CUT RHINESTONES
I am wondering if the stones in this brooch are paste?  I don't know that I have ever seen any, but this brooch feels old and the stones have great color but not much sparkle like crystals do.
Brandy Smith


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ANSWER: 1920S PLATINON
There is a wonderful deco necklace with 1 inch beads that appear to be vulcanite since 2 of them are losing their finish and they have that smell. The clasp ring is signed PLATINON, all I can find is that this is the word platinon means platinum, and a few people who have some 1920’s jewelry for sale that state this is meant to resemble platinum.  The necklace is 48 inches long and has wonderful deco stations in between the beads as you will see in the photos so I believe that it is from 1920’s that would fit the time frame she told me her grandmother had the jewelry.  
Kim Paff

"I would agree with the 20's on the n..."
"What interesting finds! Just to mak..."
"Platinon is confusing. It is an allo..."
"its just metal with a little nickle ..."
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ANSWER: PATENT FOR METAL TREATMENT 2246399
I got a piece of jewelry in a box that had a patent number on it, Patent 2246399. On Google Patent Search I found the patent (linked below) and thought some of you might be interested or perhaps it
could be added to the JR patent page for future reference. It's rather difficult to reduce the several pages of patent information to a brief description, but essentially it describes a process for making the metal look like it had a gem paved surface. Patent issued in 1941. Here is a pic of the piece of jewelry that bears the patent number. I have to say they don't really look like gems to me, but rather inverted marcasites. Note the faux pearl does have real rhinestones in it.
Dianne Lavenburg


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ANSWER: PIERRE CARDIN
I got a really neat black and clear Lucite necklace in a large estate collection I recently acquired. It has a silver hang tag that looks like it could be a small letter R? I was hoping someone would recognize it and could let me know the name of the designer who used this logo.
Alison Gadberry


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ANSWER: POSSIBLE HOBE OR ORIGINAL BY ROBERT
I have a neat brooch that is just massive, about 4 inches long. It is a guitar rhinestone brooch. I
got it a long time ago and just wondered if anyone recognizes who might have made it? I have been told maybe Kramer, but it doesn't look anything like my Kramer that I have. Thanks for any help anyone can give me.
Paula Robinson


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ANSWER: UNATTRIBUTABLE
I've looked high and low for this enameled birds brooch. Brunialti American Book, N&N, Ebay, Trifari and the patent site for Coro and Trifari. Pot metal brooch, NO marks at all. Anyone recognize this piece?
Julie Levine


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ANSWER: NOT ORNELLA, NOT COPPOLA e TOPPO
Obviously my first thought was Coppola E Toppa but I know generally their pieces are marked. I also did some research and wondered about Ornella as I see their clasps are very detailed as this one it. It's heavy, solid, comfortable. I thought the earrings were kind
of inconspicuous for a piece like this but then I thought about it and I would think when the necklace is as stunning as this one is, especially on, you wouldn't want anything to take away from it.  So the original box from the store it came from came with it. The original owner purchased this in Italy at Aldemaro Galletti Artistic Florentine Works Florence. They are still in business and have been since 1931 and feature all Italian items. The beads have an AB finish.
Melissa Sands


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ANSWER: NONE ARE SELRO
I am hoping someone will help me ID them. The big one looks kinda like Selro to me?  It's a stunner. And the multi color one has a familiar look as well???
Thanks so much for the assist.
Sharon Hall


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ANSWER: VENDOME BROOCH NOT MADE BY D&E
I have had this brooch in my shop for a while now and in my collection for even longer. The more I look at it and the back does it look like D&E construction or is it just me?
Heather Cipolla


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ANSWER: CALVAIRE STORY
Does anyone know about Calvaire??  Below is a link to the one I'm referencing.  Do you think it dates 50's to 70's or earlier?
Eleanor


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Calvaire Signature

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ANSWER: NOT ALWAYS
If a piece is marked Germany only, does that mean pre 1945 when the country was split?  I should know this but can't put my finger on it.
Cynthia Fore Miller


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ANSWER: NOT CHATELAINE -- COULD BE CALLED SWAG
I need a little help with this piece. It has a quality feel to it. The back is even detailed. The C-Clasp is very sturdy. I want to call it Art Nouveau but the 3 little chains hanging from it remind me of a key holder. I'm not even sure it is a brooch, It may be a medal. It is marked Germany. The 3 little clear chatons are paste or glued in. The center is a Ruby Red Glass. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Bucky Blain

"Yes, that is a brooch. Probably from..."
"I would call this piece a swag style..."
"I agree that a chatelaine must have ..."
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ANSWER: MILK GLASS BEADS POSSIBLY MADE IN GERMANY
I wonder if these have a collectible value and can you give me any info about them. They all seem to be very old. They are glass beads that look like pasta…measures 14".
Bucky Blain

"I have these beads too. Unfortunate..."
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ANSWER: LATE 40S TO END OF 50S.
The heart earrings are marked Eisenberg in block letters but I would like to know approx age.
Evelyn Howell


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ANSWER: MADE BY RICARDO SALAS IN 80S.
Hope we have some Mex sterling experts here. I have this set and I believe this is an original of hers (Matilde Poulat). Anyone know anything about this mark or set?
Melissa Sands

"Gorgeous set ! I'm just struck by on..."
"That was my question too, if you loo..."
"A Ruby Laner today told me that thes..."
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ANSWER: CORO
Remember the brooch that I thought may be Claudette or Regency? Well, Cheryl thought it might be by Coro so I did a search for blue earrings by Coro and I found a set on Ruby Lane.  The earrings are signed Coro
Lilly Vittetow

"Wow, Lilly! Who da' thunk it ! That'..."
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ANSWER: BUTLER & WILSON
I am looking for info on this figural, it seems that I have seen it listed or read that it is Coro. Does any one know for sure?
Evelyn Howell


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Answer: Probably not Kreisler
Have this parure that is unsigned, (which brings another question, is there much unsigned Kreisler, did they often use just hang tags?) The bracelet, pin and earrings set is marked "1/20 12 KGF" on each of the four pieces and it looks like the workmanship
of either Kreisler or Phyllis Originals to me, but I have never been able to properly attribute it.
Carolyn Sunday


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ANSWER: NOT MATISSE RENOIR
It's a parure of Necklace, Bracelet, and Earrings. I was told by a dealer these are Matisse Renoir. When I got home there are no markings on any of the pieces. I'm hoping some of you can confirm if these are or not Renoir. The pictures are not great due to a bad light.
Bucky Blain


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ANSWER: DISCUSSION OF EISENBERG TREES
I got this Christmas tree brooch at an estate auction with other holiday jewelry. The elderly lady died about 10 years ago. I knew it looked familiar, and sure enough, I found it in two different books which indicated that it was the Eisenberg "Classic" Christmas tree pin, the first Christmas tree in their Christmas line, issued by Eisenberg in 1972. The thing is, it is NOT signed. I was hoping that our Eisie experts might take a look and tell me if they think this is a copy or a reproduction or if this was ever issued without a signature.
Alison Gadsberry


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ANSWER: WHITING & DAVIS
I thought this was so pretty. It was purchased at a high end dept. store in 1955. I do know that much. But would you say Whiting and Davis? or some other maker.
Sharon Hall


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ANSWER: DISCUSSION OF AMBER AND TESTING
I'd appreciate opinions on this pendant I recently acquired. It's marked sterling and from what I've read, appears to be amber.  However, I have never had real amber so I'm only going on what I've read.  This piece is room temperature to the touch.  I've read that if you run it under hot water it will smell like pine but I tried that and didn't get a pine smell.  Maybe I didn't do it long enough.  I see what look like flora of some kind in it.
Dianne Lavenburg

"If you look at it with a loupe, do y..."
"The easiest test is a black light. T..."
"Thank you both for responding. Yes ..."
"This is what I believe from what I'v..."
"I've meant to get a black light for ..."
"You can do the hot pin test. Heat a ..."
"Both the hot pin and tissue tests wi..."
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ANSWER: PROBABLY CZECH
It reminds me of Joseff in some ways but honestly it looks Russian to me and I say that not as any expert on Russian jewelry. This bracelet has had a lot of wear on it but it stands out and then some.
Dianne Lavenburg

"As for the bracelet being Russian, i..."
"Great finds! Wish I knew on that br..."
"Gorgeous pieces. The big blue bracel..."
"Thanks, Robin. Czech is a possibili..."
"I thought Czech also when I looked a..."
"Usually when I see that type of mark..."
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ANSWER: PROBABLY CZECH
They have "applied" flowers that appear to have been sewn onto the base. They are very detailed and very pretty. Is there a particular name for these kinds of brooches? 2. Does anyone know where they originated? A jewelry expert friend of mine believes they could be Czechoslovakian. 3. My best guess is that they are 1920s vintage...does anyone know for sure?
Sherri Gillette

"I had a brooch identical to yours ex..."
"And do you suppose they were some ki..."
"Much Czech jewelry was put out to 'c..."
"Must look them up - there was only o..."
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ANSWER: PROBABLY NOT SELRO
I found what I think is a Selro Parure, includes the bracelet, earrings and necklace.  
Brandy Smith

"I had a very similar bracelet & drop..."
"I have had a number of pieces of Sel..."
"Here is a link to a member's Selro/S..."
"Is that set heavy? The only real el..."
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ANSWER: FRED GRAY
Also, there is a brooch with a pair of birds that is signed with an S inside of a Star.  Any ideas?
Brandy Smith

"Gorgeous pieces! The S inside of a s..."
"Great finds Brandy! I'm sure some ha..."
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Fred Gray back

Brandy Smith


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ANSWER: UNSIGNED FLORENZA
Egyptian Revival Set -- is this Selro.  What do you all think?
Melissa Sands

"This looks more like an Art or Flore..."
"I had that bracelet once and really ..."
"My 2 cents... no, it's not Selro. ..."
"Absolutely KILLER SET! No absolute o..."
"I believe that your set is unsigned ..."
"I agree with the others who believe ..."
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ANSWER: RENOIR USED ALUMINUM BACK
I spent the morning in an antique mall I haven't been to in ages, and was thrilled to find a Rebajes brazilian mask link bracelet--my very first piece by this designer. Though the front of the bracelet was in perfect shape, I was very surprised to see that the back of the links were a dull, silvery color. Is this typical for the bracelet, or was it (as I assumed when I sadly put it back) damaged?
Carrie Pollack

"have a lot of copper jewelry and hav..."
"Actually that is the finish on the b..."
"I really believe they were made with..."
"Here is an article written by a niec..."
"In the "Copper Art Jewelry"..."
"The green on the copper backed piece..."
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ANSWER: VINTAGE TRIFARI
While I love shopping online, I HATE going into stores, especially malls (exception being some antique malls :).  I've had a suspicion that these Trifari "real" looking dog pins may still be being made and sold in stores.  I was wondering if any of you shopping mavens have run across them in your wanderings?  Pictures are at http://dogjewelrymuseum.blogspot.com/  under contemporary Trifari dogs.
Deb Schneider

"If they are being re-made they would..."
"I have had several of those dogs ove..."
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ANSWER: MACPHERSON-ROUBAUD COMPANY
I recently purchased a lovely old sash pin that has a maker's mark on the c-clasp that I am baffled by. It is the initials MR in a diamond shape. Any ideas?
Sherri Gillette

"Thanks so much. This pin is likely m..."
"Would it possibly be a piece of &quo..."
"In "American Jewelry Manufactur..."
"Thanks so much! That must be it!"
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ANSWER: SORRELLI JEWELRY DISCUSSION
Does anyone know about Sorrelli Jewelry? I bought a fabulous bracelet and earrings today. It looks older, clip earrings but I think this stuff is relatively new.
Melissa Sands

"I was visiting our local Allentown (..."
"The set I got, I just love. I wore ..."
"Sorrelli makes jewelry for the Showt..."
"Well according to the me page for th..."
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Closeup of the earrings

Melissa Sands


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ANSWER: K&T IS CONTEMPORARY
Who is K&T?  I love the way this company uses three colors of finish on their jewelry.  I have searched and searched for info and all I find is someone selling it but no info.  Does anyone know this company?
Gloria Barnhart

"Well, I found this on the web... ht..."
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ANSWER: ART DECO
I just got this old bracelet, and am curious about it.  Any ideas of the age?  The one stones that are longer look like emerald cut stones of varying lengths, but they are actually one stone.  I have never seen anything like it.  Of course this is definitely outside of the norm for me.  Would love to hear any thoughts some of you experts may have.
Brandy Smith

"It makes me think Czech....'20's, ma..."
"Definitely Art Deco. I've seen rhine..."
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ANSWER: ROSLYN HOFFMAN
These horse earrings. How do I tell if they are really copper?
Karla Wacker

"I would say yes the earrings are cop..."
"I have had the horse earrings and ar..."
"I just did a search on ebay for the ..."
"Well, here's some info. http://www.i..."
"When it says "have ad" in ..."
"Your horse head earrings are on page..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE EISENBERG
I have a pin that is very well made, heavy piece...only mark is Sterling. Does a maker come to mind with anyone?
Linda Lange

"I'll look through my books a bit but..."
"The big topaz one reminds me of Eise..."
"Your pin strongly resembles an early..."
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POSSIBLE EISENBERG BACK
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ANSWER: NOT ATTRIBUTABLE
Here's a bracelet that I think is Florenza. Can anyone tell me the maker? Thanks for looking!
Polly Curtiss

"Your bracelet reminds me very much o..."
"These slide bracelets were popular f..."
"Although I cannot say for sure, it s..."
"Your pretty slide is not Florenza bu..."
"This is remarkably like several slid..."
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ANSWER: NOT ELZAC
I have a three ceramic pieces that look somewhat like Elzac except that the pin mechanisms on the pins I have seen (on Ruby Lane and other sites) are
different than mine. I've also looked at the Brunialti books but didn't find any help there. Any suggestions on what company made these two pins and one bracelet?
Cheryl Killmer

"I am no expert but was told Elzac ne..."
"Thanks for providing Cathy's wonderf..."
"I haven't had a lot of Elzac's but t..."
"I agree with Lilly, all my Elzac ar..."
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ANSWER: NOT ELZAC

I have a three ceramic pieces that look somewhat like Elzac except that the pin mechanisms on the pins I have seen (on Ruby Lane and other sites) are
different than mine. I've also looked at the Brunialti books but didn't find any help there. Any suggestions on what company made these two pins and one bracelet?
Cheryl Killmer


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ANSWER: NOT ELZAC

I have a three ceramic pieces that look somewhat like Elzac except that the pin mechanisms on the pins I have seen (on Ruby Lane and other sites) are
different than mine. I've also looked at the Brunialti books but didn't find any help there. Any suggestions on what company made these two pins and one bracelet?
Cheryl Killmer


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ANSWER: NOT ATTRIBUTABLE
I am hoping Bobye will see this and offer her opinion.  I have a brooch that is marked Sterling, but no makers mark that I can find.  It is well made and has amethyst colored foil back stones in it.  It reminds me of Eisenberg, but I am thinking that Eisenberg signed all their sterling pieces?  Is this correct?
Brandy Smith

"It is always possible that something..."
"Nice design, but I do not think it i..."
"Do not think it is Pennino Bobye. Th..."
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ANSWER: DRESS CLIPS
Look at these gorgeous tiny clips. They have pearlized fruit stones.  Another thing is the clips are pronged.  Are these dress or shoe clips?  I think they are dress clips.  They are only 1-1/4 inches long and are very heavy.  They look like they are gold washed.  There is no mark.
Cynthia Fore Miller

"I would say these are dress clips. ..."
"I agree with you that the lovely pea..."
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Dress Clips Backs

Cynthia Fore Miller


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ANSWER: POSSIBLY 1950s - STILL BEING MADE

How old are these type expansion bracelets?  Are they still being made?
Cynthia Fore Miller

"Expansion bracelets are circa 1950's..."
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ANSWER: UNDECIDED - POSSIBLY LATE 40s or 1950s

This is a lovely square carved stone bracelet.  is this 1940s Deco or 1950s.
Cynthia Fore Miller

"I vote late 40s/early 50s on the bra..."
"The red bracelet looks 1950s to me, ..."
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ANSWER: UNSURE - POSSIBLY 1960s

Does anyone have an ad that gives the date of this piece?
Cynthia Fore Miller

"I suspect that this is after the pat..."
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ANSWER: FOR SACCARINE
All right, I'm not sure what this actually is by Florenza.  Is it a pill box?  Pill Purse?  It's too small for a coin purse at 1-1/2" x 1" x 5/8".
Lilly Vittetow

"There are many on the list who are w..."
"I vote for a pill box or more likely..."
"Yes, Sande is right on target. Thes..."
"Your Pill Box is on Page 101 of Ann ..."
"Concurring that this is indeed a pil..."
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ANSWER: FOR SACCARINE

Lilly Vittetow


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ANSWER: COLLAR STAYS OR BARS
Does anyone have any knowledge of Men's Jewelry? Over the weekend I picked up a few nice pieces. W are they.. Tie Clips? They are Brass and marked Anson with a Pat Pend. One Male friend said he thought they were some kind of Clip to tack down a bowtie to a shirt collar?  I appreciate any info, thoughts or opinions.
Amy Baker

"I believe the Anson are collar stays..."
"the Anson goldtone thingies are coll..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLY A CHATELAINE
I was just listing this pin and wondered what the hook is on the back of the pin?  Any suggestions?  It doesn’t work to hang from a chain, but almost like a watch hook, but does that make sense?
Barbara Diddle

"You could turn it upside down and cl..."
"I think Tracy got it right, the hook..."
"The motto looks like Latin to me. Re..."
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ANSWER:  LIKELY FRENCH
The second has a trombone clasp and all glass beads wired on, it's a great piece, is it French?
Melissa Sands

"The second brooch does appear to be ..."
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LIKELY FRENCH brooch

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ANSWER: EXAMPLE OF FLIP RING
One of the styles I do not have but I am looking for is a flip ring. You know, it has maybe a faceted stone on one side and it flips over to show a cameo or something similar. When was this style of ring popular?
Gloria Barnhart (picture courtesy of JoAnna)

"Mine is from the late 1920's to earl..."
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Midway through the "Flip"

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Ring Flipped

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ANSWER: DAMASCENE, POSSIBLY FROM SPAIN OR PORTUGAL
Can anyone help me with this ship demi. Is it damascene with enamel. Is the set really old? The pin has a simple c clasp. The earrings are I guess some sort of pierced style but not like anything I have seen. Can anyone help.
Karla Wacker

"It is damascene, I think they still ..."
"I can't help you except to say it's ..."
"Looks Portugese to me any hallmarks?"
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ANSWER: HARRICE MILLER
Any help with maker on this fish would be greatly appreciated.
Audrey Gibbons

"You darling fish might be a contempo..."
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ANSWER: HARRICE MILLER

Audrey Gibbons


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ANSWER: SCARF HOLDER AND PIN
This brooch has me puzzled.  It is a brooch.  It has a normal pinback. The two scotty dogs are on clips. They open up. Is this for a scarf?  I have never seen anything like this.
Gloria Barnhart

"I have one of those in Bakelite, and..."
"Cute GLoria and I think you may be r..."
"Yes, a scarf clip. I have a bakelite..."
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ANSWER: SCARF HOLDER AND PIN

Gloria Barnhart


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ANSWER: SYNTHETIC ALEXANDRITE
I’ve had this ring for a long time.  It is substantial, signed SS with markings.  Please see below.  My question is…this large round stone changes in color from magenta to blue to purple depending on the lighting.  I’ve tested it on my Presidium gem tester and the needle travels all the way over to just before the diamond setting, near the ruby sapphire cal area.  Are there lots of gemstones that show all of those colors, or are there a few stones I might want to research further?  Actually in the florescent light I can see blue & magenta.  The stone is pretty stunning & large.  I know we’ve had discussions before about how difficult it is to determine a gemstone from a photo, but hoping because of the color variations that maybe someone might have a direction to send me in?
Rosie Dyer

"I have one almost exactly like that ..."
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YAMADA - TOKYO BROOCH
I just got this brooch. Very pretty and heavy. It appears to be signed Yamada Tokyo on the back. Anyone heard of that, know anything?
Karla Wacker

"I had a Yamada Tokyo brooch that I s..."
"Gorgeous brooch! This was about all ..."
"I also did find a couple of items on..."
"Yep, but you just never know. Maybe ..."
"I don't think it is 1960's but it al..."
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YAMADA signature

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ANSWER: SHANGRI-LA

Does anyone happen to know the name for this style Sarah Coventry pendant?
Susan Corwin

"They called that necklace Shangri-La..."
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ANSWER: 1955
Does anyone know off the top of their head when The Aurora Borealis Beads / Coating was first used.. My memory is telling me 1950's, and I can not locate my notes.
Amy Baker (photo courtesy of Georjean West)

"I believe it was mid 1950's when thi..."
"I always have a chuckle when I look ..."
"The bookworm in me is cringing that ..."
"Depending on who you ask, it is 1953..."
"AB beads. Earlier than is usually t..."
"This is from "Jewels of Fantasy..."
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ANSWER: NOT ITALIAN MILLEFIORI
Do these beads have a name? They are glass...In my mind I was thinking millefiore/millefiori but I am not sure that is correct.
Linda Lange

"Italian Murano glass is my bet."
"I do no think these are Murano glass..."
"Yes there is like a seam mark very ..."
"Just thought I'd add that millefiori..."
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ANSWER: 1940S
Marked Coro with the Pegasus symbol in front and Des. Pat. Pend. I have looked on the Coro website, the patent website. I have looked in Coro Jewelry by Marcia Brown and Collecting Costume Jewelry 202. Does anyone know the era they are from?  I was thinking the 1940s but I am still learning about Coro jewelry.
Gloria Barnhart

"I think you're probably right on the..."
"Definitely 40s for this one."
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ANSWER: VULCANITE
I found this when I was cleaning one of my old jewelry drawers, and would like to identify it, I probably have had it over 30 years. The front carving is finely detailed. I don't think I have ever seen one quite as detailed as this. Any idea of country of origin would be greatly appreciated as well.
Sheri Weiss

"Sheri is it vulcanite?? It's really..."
"I was thinking that, but I wanted to..."
"According to What's It Made Of, Jet ..."
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I think it dates to mid 1800's. Am trying to determins material. It is lighter than I think jet would be. Cool to the touch but not cold.
Sheri Weiss


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ANSWER: CONSENSUS NOT CZECH
I bought this last weekend, she said it was Czech. I say no to that. Just the construction is so
solid and heavy and the clasp is not one I normally see. The first thing Ithought was French. Pics don't do this justice. Anyone ever seen this before??
Melissa Sands

"well, it's beautiful but I was think..."
"Well of course it's hard to tell by ..."
"I have a white flower glass bead nec..."
"Okay, this one definitely reminds me..."
"I can tell you that the flowers and ..."
"That is the same clasp as in on my D..."
"I can not find any information on Du..."
"Didn't Germany do a lot of the glass..."
"Well, you know me, I love glass flow..."
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ANSWER: POST 1958
I acquired these two amazing hinged cuff or clamper style bracelets, both signed Park Lane in script. I've never quite seen any Park Lane jewelry like this--they have a kind of KJL or Ciner look -- so I'm wondering if anyone else has, and if you might have an idea of when these were made? I know the company has changed hands over time, and
these do have a more contemporary look to them - - but I'm not finding anything quite like them online so I don't think they're super new.
Lisa Corcoran

"According to the US trademark site, ..."
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ANSWER: POST 1958 - PARK LANE

Lisa Corcoran


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I often see the term "Runway" used in jewelry listings and am wondering what it means exactly. Is it jewelry that was actually worn on the runway at a fashion show. (I don't think I've ever seen a piece that specified which show), or is it just applied to things that are so huge and so flashy that they'd be seen even if the wearer was on a runway?
Lorna

"I think it is often exaggerated, but..."
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ANSWER: PROBABLY BULLION
I have a couple of requests today for information.  The first is this great spun gold-tone metal bracelet.  I’m guessing the 1960s.  It is hand-made and just SO COOL!   Any other ideas on the time period?   Also, do you think this is an artisan piece of perhaps could be from one of the designers of the time?   It is super-well-made and is 2” wide.
Karen Bird

"I can't quite tell by the sheen of t..."
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ANSWER: D&E
I went out on a Bogoff hunt , but found  none. I did find this , it spoke to me. Unsigned  - is this lava rock or something else?
Wendy Kelly

"Wendy, that is D&E, nice find!"
"I have seen this called Cracked Ice;..."
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ANSWER: AMBROTYPE
The next pictures are of a necklace with an old picture in it. I really don’t know how old this is, the chain looks very old, it has a weird way of attaching to the rest of the necklace., it can slide around on the necklace. (I’m not very good at describing things, hopefully the pics will help) LOL  The glass  between the picture and the frame is very very thick, I don’t know if the picture is imprinted on it or sits behind it.  And I don’t want to try to take it apart.  Anyone have any suggestions as to age.
Barbara Diddle

"The photo necklace does look awkward..."
"I have a photo pendant exactly like ..."
"This photo process was popular in th..."
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ANSWER:AMBROTYPE

Barbara Diddle


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ANSWER: LIKELY 14k WHITE GOLD
A deco bracelet, on the stem it is marked 14k, but I don’t know if that is a real mark, what do you think?
Barbara Diddle

"I would be surprised if that isn't g..."
"Bracelet sure looks like authentic d..."
"And I agree with Melissa on the deco..."
"Your bracelet is beautiful, I agree ..."
"Also, beware of anything that was ka..."
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ANSWER: SMART SET BY CORO
We have been contacted by a person who has an old rhinestone necklace that is marked Smart set on the clasp.  She is trying to get more info about it. As we had a tie clasp from Sarah Coventry named Smart Set listed for sale, she asked us whether we thought her necklace came from Sarah Coventry.  Sometimes they used the same name for more than one item, but to our knowledge they never put the name of the item on the clasp.  If it were Sarah Coventry, it would be signed SARAH COV or SARAH or COVENTRY or SC or some variation of the company name, not the item name. Does anyone know if Smart Set is a vintage CJ company?  Or a source to which we can refer her to get info about her item?
Beverly

"Look on RCJ under Coro...Smart Set a..."
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ANSWER: 1950S-60S
I don't know when these shell cameos were made and it would be a great help if I did. The demi is Sterling probably vermeil; signed Birks with initials of the same person on all pieces. Although they're definitely a set the cameos are very different as you can see.
Nicole St-Pierre

"Hi Nicole, yes vintage, no antique. ..."
"Those are lovely cameos..and in MHO ..."
"The First Cameo looks to be about 19..."
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The other one is 14K gold and has a hook and a pin. Can they all be called vintage?
Nicole St-Pierre


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ANSWER: CZECH 30S
The first one the necklace would this be art nouveau? also time frame?  I believe the green is peking glass, the little pearls are real.
Linda Lange

"Linda, could it be Gablonz- Neu-Gabl..."
"The necklace is Czech circa 1930s T..."
"Certainly is that style, but impossi..."
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ANSWER: BLOODSTONE
the ring...anyone know what the stone might be?
Linda Lange

"The ring, I don't think it is carnel..."
"The ring has all the hallmarks of Na..."
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ANSWER: TIARA MISU NEWER COMPANY
Ran across a brooch marked "Tiara Misu".Anyone ever hear of such a brand? Sounds more like a dessert than a jewel! I wouldn't be surprised if this is a relatively new piece, just attempting to be vintage style.
Linda Jo Mitchell

"Word Mark TIARA MISU ACCESSORIES ..."
"I did just find a few Tiara Misu ite..."
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ANSWER: LIKELY JUDY LEE
Can anyone tell me the maker of this beautiful Brooch?
Brad

"Beautiful brooch! Those are hard to ..."
"I believe your brooch is Judy Lee......"
"Very pretty brooch and it does look ..."
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ANSWER: DIANE LOVE
This one is signed Trifari with the copyright symbol. I'm not familiar with this design or designer.  I can not find anything like it in my research.  What do y'all think?
Karen Bird

"As I informed Karen, this is a Diane..."
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Back View with mark

Karen Bird


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ANSWER: MARBOUX
I just purchased the niftiest turquoise cab demi and am stumped by the signature. The bracelet has two signatures - at one end it is stamped MX and at the other end it is stamped 239. The earring clips look like vintage Sarah Coventry. The earrings are also stamped MX 240. Any idea of designer on this pretty set?

"It is the same shape as a Boucher Se..."
"It's Marboux, the cheaper Boucher li..."
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The first set has a Haskell type look but the wrong kind of hook on the end which could have
been replaced somewhere along the line.
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ANSWER: NOT HASKELL
Then the earrings with the filigree backs.
Melissa Sands

"The rule of thumb for Haskell with f..."
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ANSWER: NOT HASKELL
Then the lone pair of filigree backed earrings that really do say Haskell to me.
Melissa Sands

"Another way to rule out the second p..."
"It was the filigree folded over on t..."
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ANSWER: NOT HASKELL
Melissa Sands


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ANSWER: J. O'BRIEN & COMPANY
I am hoping someone has seen this mark before. I have spent hours looking for it, but have not been able to match it. Pretty sure the charm is 1940s WWII period. Thought the mark was Lampl but the shield he used does not have a crown. Maybe it's British? The letters could be J and C or O. Charm has a gold wash which is mostly faint now.
Vera Battemarco

"Are you familar with one of our memb..."
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ANSWER: J. O'BRIEN & COMPANY

Vera Battemarco

"Hi, this is the hallmark of J. O'BRI..."
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ANSWER: NOT HAR
Ok is it just dreaming on my part or does this demi look like it could be unsigned Har (did Har even have unsigned items?).
Karla Wacker

"Fred should know this one. Hopefully..."
"There are several Har pieces that ar..."
"I don't think it is HAR either but F..."
"I must agree with Sheri and Nancy. I..."
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ANSWER: NOT HAR
Karla Wacker


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ANSWER: PAINTED PORCELAIN POSSIBLY CRAFT PIECE
I have searched all morning and last night in books and online trying to find this little hand painted crescent pin to identify it.  I am under the impression it is Russian or Swedish.  I don't know why I think that except for the gold foil paint.  Am I on the right track and would this be from the late 1800s?
Cynthia Fore Miller

"No help on date, just wanted to say ..."
"Lovely Pin Cynthia.. it reminds me o..."
"Paintings on porcelain were all the ..."
"As for your crescent, I always think..."
"Thanks so much, Linda. I don't have..."
"I agree with Vera about the porcelai..."
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ANSWER: BRIDLE ROSETTE
A glass domed brass pin of a transfer pin.  How old is this, Georjean?  It reminds me of your goofus glass but it is very heavy.
Cynthia Fore Miller

"Your glass domed pin could be a brid..."
"A bridle rosette it is! I did not k..."
"Your glass domed pin is definitely a..."
"The other piece looks to me like a 1..."
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ANSWER: BRIDLE ROSETTE

Cynthia Fore Miller


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ANSWER: SELRO
This set looks like Selro to me but I have very limited knowledge of this maker. Please take a look and tell me what you think about this set.  Also, how did you decide about it?
Gloria Barnhart

"I have had that exact bracelet, and ..."
"Yep, that's Selro alright. Sheri wa..."
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ANSWER: TROMBONE CLASP, MOST LIKELY EUROPEAN
I am particularly curious about the pendant with the green stone --- what is the stone and the age.
Mary Nefzger

"About the clasp on the pretty green ..."
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ANSWER: TROMBONE CLASP

Mary Nefzger


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ANSWER: AGATE
What is this stone? It is about 1 1/4" x 1/4 inch. It is a rust color with bands of white and gray.
Mary Nefzger

"I think the bar pin is Scottish agat..."
"The stone pin is striped agate (chal..."
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ANSWER: COULD BE HASKELL
Just wanted to show this little brooch. It's a sewn brooch with plastic back. I supposed this was somewhere in the 1950s?
Cynthia Fore Miller

"The floral bouquet looks homemade fr..."
"Some people believe this is WWII Mer..."
"I'm sure that someone has mentioned ..."
"Yes, Susan Corwin pointed out that t..."
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ANSWER: COULD BE HASKELL
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ANSWER: LIKELY NEWER SPANISH DAMASCENE
Is this bracelet Damascene and is it brand new or older? It looks in pristine condition. What is the mark? I checked and haven't found the mark when I googled, ebayed, etc.
Cynthia Fore Miller

"My first reaction to that damescene ..."
"Nicely made Damascene bracelet, Cynt..."
"Pretty bracelet, they are Spanish, a..."
"I'm thinking your bracelet may be Ja..."
"I agree with Lisa. I think your brac..."
"Look for Shakudo jewelry. That's the..."
"I'm coming in on this late, but want..."
"I'm coming in on this late, but want..."
"It is a newer Spanish Damascene brac..."
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Mark on Newer Spanish Damescene Bracelet

Cynthia Fore Miller

"The manufacturer mark ia is the trad..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLY NEWER SPANISH DAMESCENE MARK

Gloria Barnhart
Mystery Mark

Has anyone seen this mark before?  It looks like ia to me.

"See RFI Album 1 pics #s 323 & 324 fo..."
"The manufacturer mark ia is the trad..."
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ANSWER: PROBABLY CZECH
I have this wired flower brooch. It's pretty big, too. I believe it's about 4 inches wide.
Kathie Davis

"I've had clips with those beaded flo..."
"No, Czech is good, too."
"I have a feeling it's Czech too. I'v..."
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Love that Boucher-like D'Orlan bird. Was there some connection between Boucher and D'Orlan or have I dreamt it?
Mary in England

"The D'Orlan story is long and compli..."
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ANSWER: WINGBACK
Has anyone seen this earring attachment? The earring backs are even marked left and right.  It's a pair of gorgeous baroque earrings with a very unusual back and marks all up and down the stem in the back.  It is so tiny, though, I can't read it even with a 20x loupe.
Vera Battemarco

"Your earrings are called wingbacks a..."
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ANSWER: WINGBACK side view

Vera Battemarco


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ANSWER: PHOTO OF GLASS CUFF LINKS
I have had those faces that were glass on unsigned jewelry. I know they were glass because they were cold to the touch and one that had come off had a tiny chip.   So, (if not Selro) who used them?
Dotty Stringfield (photo of cuff links with glass faces courtesy of Cheryl Killmer)

"I have no idea who used them. I sus..."
"One of the bracelets I had, had ligh..."
"All the Selro that has come my way h..."
"Another question. Could Selenger hav..."
"The pair of unsigned cuff links abov..."
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ANSWER: STRONG POSSIBILITY OF HAR
I picked up this unsigned beauty today, pretty darn sure it's HAR, but haven''t seen one like it online and I haven't handled enough such pieces to be certain.
Julie Levine

"Great piece, it has a lot of element..."
"The back side of this little lovely ..."
"I really thought it was, the side hi..."
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POSSIBLE HAR

Julie Levine


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ANSWER: BRIDAL BELLS AND DOGWOOD
I recently purchased this lovely crown Trifari lemon yellow glass flower pin that we loosely term as "poured glass" just because of the setting. We know it is not true poured glass. It has  detachable dangles. Does anyone know if there is a special name for this style of pin? Anyone have an Ad? I bet there are a lot of missing dangles out there on this one.
Jan Gaughan

"Jan, I believe they are called "..."
"Thank you so much, Rebecca! I went s..."
"Hi Jan..check this Ad out..it may he..."
"Thank you, Judi ... that's it! My pi..."
"that looks like a marriage to me. I ..."
"This design is called DOGWOOD and it..."
"I have both ads for this set -- the ..."
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BRIDAL BELLS AND DOGWOOD back

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ANSWER: OPALESCENT
I just want to know if there is a better way to describe these beads besides Milky.
Rea Maurice

"Also check Opaline glass. I would de..."
"I would call the beads opalescent an..."
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ANSWER: SYMBOL IS SHIVA
Is this a Siam symbol?
Rea Maurice

"The symbol is Shiva, poured or cast ..."
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I am hoping a Chanel collector can give me information regarding whether all more recently made (i.e. 70's/80's) Chanel jewelry has a logo/cartouche on the back of the piece.  I have never owned or sold any Chanel, but purchased a lot which included 3 pairs of earrings, a necklace and belt plus matching brooch.  2 pairs of earrings had a logo on the back, and the necklace had a logo/tag as well.  The belt/brooch and one pair of earrings did not have the logo on the back, but seemed just as well made and of the same quality to me, although I am certainly not an expert.  These pieces all appear to be from the 80-'s or so judging by style.  A buyer on Ebay informed me that the belt and brooch must be fake, as ALL Chanel has a logo on the back, and therefore I was selling a fake piece.  I would love to know if this is correct, as I certainly would not intentionally sell a fake.  Any help would be appreciated.
Nancy Brace

"Cheri may be able to help you out as..."
"You can ask for information at www.c..."
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ANSWER:  FLORENZA
Maker?
Shanti Forte

"This bracelet was made by Florenza. ..."
"A very cool piece, Shanti. I've not ..."
"Shanti - these scary devil/evil face..."
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ANSWER: CIRCA 1960s
Signed Florenza..any idea of time frame?
Shanti Forte

"Circa 1960's and a nice find. I've s..."
"yes, 1960's!"
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ANSWER: PICTURE JASPER OR LANDSCAPE AGATE
Can any of you tell me, is there a name for this sort of artwork on this pendant? Thank you!
Rosie Dyer

"I have seen that called Agate, sands..."
"I believe it is picture jasper"
"It's picture jasper for sure."
"Your pendant is made from Landscape ..."
"Picture jasper and landscape jasper ..."
"It is called Picture Jasper and is a..."
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ANSWER: MR. JOHN OF HAT FAME MADE JEWELRY
I have a lovely crown brooch that is signed Mr. John in script on the bottom front of the crown. What I have read says that Mr John never signed pieces, only used hang tags. Obviously, this isn't true, as I have a signed piece. I can't find much about the jewelry, only a few pieces I could find on the web, and they were both necklaces. I know from the little I could find that he was a hatmaker. Can anyone give me any more info?
Melissa Hatfield

"I have a number of Mr. John pieces o..."
"And is the Mr. John the same one tha..."
"I have a signed brooch around here s..."
"I went to your website, Karla, and s..."
"I am pretty sure it is the same pers..."
"Ladies, I know this is a LATE questi..."
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ANSWER: APPROX. 2000
I have a gorgeous owl brooch marked KJL thailand? Anyone have any date information on this mark. I know it must be newer, but it is newer as in last week or newer as in 1980's or 1990's?
Karla Wacker

"Karla, your owl sure looks like a qu..."
"I am going with newer than 80's 90's..."
"I agree Linda that it's probably fro..."
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ANSWER: 1920-30
So look at these two buckles I have signed Made In Czecho Slovakia.  They are gorgeous glass with painting under the glass.  What era would one say these were made?
Cynthia Fore Miller

"I'd place the buckles in the 1920-19..."
"Goofus glass would be the buckle on ..."
"I am not sure if it is Goofus glass ..."
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Buckle back

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ANSWER: 1920-30S
Second Buckle, same question: What era would you say these were made?
Cynthia Fore Miller

"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czecho-..."
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Buckle back

Cynthia Fore Miller


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ANSWER: 1970S, POSSIBLE FLORENZA
I am wondering about a possible date. This is white glass.
Mary Nefzger

"The cameo or portrait brooch is prob..."
"I think I remember it being a Floren..."
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ANSWER: DODDZ
I have this adorable set of bees, they are signed but I never saw the signature before. I have been researching it for months, the closest I find is Dodds. Could it be Dodds or Doddz? Only the earrings are signed. I can't find any images of Dodds mark or much about the company.
Vera Battemarco

"According to Dotty's site, they used..."
"It looks like a backwards S or Z to ..."
"Yes, those are Doddz...your little b..."
"Glad you found my Jewel Creations al..."
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ANSWER: FAIRY TALE CHATELAINE
I have this adorable little pin I call Mary had a little lamb. It is pot metal, painted or enameled. Is she special or just adorably cute? I did not find anything like it and it is not signed. Is she from the 30's and would you call it a Châtelaine type pin?
Vera Battemarco

"That is a keeper! I would call it a..."
"Love, love the dimension to her skir..."
"Sure she's special, she has a pet! S..."
"Just a thought. I had a piece that ..."
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ANSWER: MOLDED GLASS STONES
Are these glass stones referred to as Fruit Salad or something else?
Barbara Diddle Czeh

"These are simply molded glass stones..."
"These stones are pictured in a brooc..."
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ANSWER: PATENT DISCUSSION
Since it is so cold I’m staying in and started rummaging through things and came across this pin that I’ve had forever. I bought it long before I knew about patents and such. In looking at it today I saw the patent number (2050804) and looked it up. It was granted to Alfred Philippe in 1936. It looks like it should have been a clipmate but there are no actual clips on the two removable pieces and there is no indication that there ever were.  So I thought maybe someone just put these two pieces on the pin mechanism and they aren’t original.  Wrong….they both have the patent number on them too.  We have 2 pieces that can only be worn on this frame, so what’s the purpose of making the pieces unless there were also separate clip mechanisms that were able to slide in the channels in place of the pin mechanism.  Now add to that another patent number that is worn enough that I can’t decide what it really is, but can’t find anything jewelry rela...

"It's definitely not Trifari or a cli..."
"That brings up another question. Ho..."
"Utility patents were granted for 17 ..."
"The ironic part is in essence it is ..."
"After going thru thouasands of them ..."
"That's true for design patents, but ..."
"One thing to remember about patents:..."
"And to add to that bit of confusion,..."
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Pin with Patent Number

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ANSWER: JAI JOHNSON, JR MEMBER
I asked about this set a couple of years ago.  Not much information at the time.  It is OVER THE TOP and really as nice as it looks. The signature looks like JAI, maybe GAI.  Does anyone recognize it? This reminds me of Vrba.
Karen Bird

"Looks like Jai Johnson to me: http:..."
"We do have an Artisan in our group n..."
"Gorgeous set! I found this and it se..."
"Yes, this is one of my seed bead set..."
"I believe the set you have was made ..."
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ANSWER: NEGLIGEE
This necklace is very dainty. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Kathy Small

"Kathy, what a pretty blue color! I a..."
"Do a search on Ruby Lane for lariat ..."
"Your pretty necklace can be consider..."
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ANSWER: MID 50S-60S
My RFI is a Cameo I have had for a while. Stamped in metal "West Germany" it is just short of being 1" in diameter with a Dog tooth set, domed glass. The back ground looks foiled (?)and changes color from red, to purple, to deep blue depending on how you tilt it. Is there a name for this type of Cameo setting?Frame looks gold but failed the Gold test. It has a one piece pin stem with safety clasp that looks glued on, but that tells me it was an inexpensive piece for its time. I am guessing 1920's or 30's.
Amy Baker

"I am not much help and do not know a..."
"If the item is marked West Germany, ..."
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ANSWER: HILLCRAFT OR CASTLECRAFT
I do not know what this set is.  The bracelet is the correct length but I have never seen that type of clasp.  What looks like earrings are not like anything I have ever seen. So my question is what is this set?
Gloria Barnhart

"I do believe about 2 years ago that ..."
"This is Hillcraft or Castlecraft"
"I don't know if anyone has given you..."
"Look on RCJ under Hillcraft and read..."
"Hillcraft for sure...here is my link..."
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ANSWER: OPIATE TOOLS
I would be grateful if you would take a look at this piece and let me know what you think it is, and where it could be from.  This is what I observe: It’s highly articulated. Almost every piece moves. It could be utilitarian because one of the “legs” looks like it’s a crusher and the other a spoon or scooper.
Nona Grampp

"It looks like a day of the dead piec..."
"Thanks for looking Penny. Carolyn Su..."
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OPIATE TOOLS

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ANSWER: JJ DENBERG CO., 1950S-60S.
I've googled and went through all of my books but have not been able to find any info on these makers. The earrings are Denbe'.
Kathy Small

"Got more information Denbe was prod..."
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ANSWER: COTTON PEARLS, PROCESS DESCRIPTION.
I have this wonky Japanese necklace with these strange glitter and sparkler embellished beads.  They are very light weight like papier mache and are large.  I have never seen anything like them.  Beady Eye, have you?  I have no idea when these would have been made or whether they are contemporary.  They have the iridescent thing going on.
Cynthia Fore Miller

"I LOVE THESE! What fun, Cynthia --I'..."
"Oh, Anne! I remember something abou..."
"Cotton pearls - how fun is that! I h..."
"When they're coated like Cynthia's c..."
"I, too, love those beads! Even thoug..."
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ANSWER: NOT SELRO
I have a bracelet that looks like it could be Selro, but I'm not positive, even after viewing and re-viewing the Selro pages. I hope some experts out there can confirm.
Christia

"Not sure it's Selro although it is r..."
"I too noticed the backs of the red s..."
"The faces look a bit off, is the met..."
"I don't think your "Selro"..."
"No, Selro never used buttons in thei..."
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ANSWER: JEZLAINE
This is a beautiful ster cutwork cat and I cannot make out marks, It looks like an s or g or j ist letter then an e or c. He is my find for the day.
Evelyn Rowell

"That's Jezlaine, which is a contempo..."
"Evelyn, the cat looks like the work ..."
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JEZLAINE MARK

Evelyn Rowell


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ANSWER: EISENBERG 1940S
Clear rhinestone & marcasite earring back marked STERLING on the screwback and "E" in stylized script.
Mary Nefzger

"That script E with sterling is early..."
"To reiterate what Adrienne said abou..."
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ANSWER: 1950S BY STERLING MAKER
Silver spoon pin. What a cutie!
2 1/2" x 1/2", Very, very lovely. Marked sterling on back.  Maker? Age?
Mary Nefzger

"I've heard say that spoon pins at on..."
"when I married in 1952, I picked out..."
"I have quite a few spoons...I'll try..."
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ANSWER: SELRO/SELINI
Is this Selro/Selini?  I went to Kathie's Selro/Selini site, but I'm still not sure if this is or isn't. Have a peek and let me know what you think.
Julie Levine

"It sure is. A real nice one, too!"
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ANSWER: 1940S-50S
What decade would you say chatelaines were most popular?  And what decade do you think this one might be from?  Also, thought maybe newcomers might like seeing this example.
Rosie Dyer

"1940s, 50s."
"I actually thought it might be late ..."
"I also forgot to mention that at fir..."
"It reminds me of the Thief of Baghda..."
"I love your chatelaine, Rosie, and a..."
"I haven't read all the replies yet, ..."
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ANSWER: PERUVIAN SHAWL PIN
I have been holding on to this for a long time. Can anyone give me some info on it? It looks so different than the ones in the Chatelaines Cow, sort of primitive.
Karen

"Oh my goodness, that's incredible! T..."
"Your piece is definitely from South ..."
"About 25 years ago I bought what the..."
"This south american or peru/inca sha..."
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ANSWER: ALDE QUMYINTEWA
I found this necklace last summer at an estate that had a lot of contemporary Indian nic-knack stuff. This pendant is sterling, though not marked as such, and hallmarked with what looks like a bears paw mark. Anyone seen anything like this before? It looks like there might be a letter "o" inside the paw.
Christia

"I believe it is made by Alde Qumyint..."
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ANSWER: ALDE QUMYINTEWA
Christia


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ANSWER: GEORGE PHILLIPS, HOPI
This is native american does anyone recognize the signature?
Delores Benedict

"This is made by George Phillips of t..."
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ANSWER: HOOK & EYE CLASP
I need some help in identifying this type of vintage clasp. Does anyone know what to call this? Thanks for your help!
Esther

"All I can think of is hook clasp"
"I think I would call it a hook and e..."
"I just received the new Fire Mountai..."
"I call that a pressure hook or a sna..."
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ANSWER: IN LEIGH LESHNER BOOK
Does anyone recognize this little fellow? He's sterling and very well made. I looked in my Brunialti American book and several online sources but didn't find it.
Julie Levine

"I don't know who made him, Julie but..."
"I have no idea who might have made i..."
"not much info but your lizard is sho..."
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ANSWER: PIN FOR SHRINER TEMPLE OFFICER
This is a stick pin..interesting shape and mark on the back.
Sharon Hall

"I think your stick pin is a souvenie..."
"The engraving on the back made me th..."
"It says: "lee peterson, potenta..."
"A potentate is the elected leader of..."
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ANSWER: PIN FOR SHRINER TEMPLE OFFICER

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ANSWER: CZECH WITH HASKELL QUALITIES!
Any thoughts would be great…
Awesome drippiness! Haskell>???
Roger Erickson

"Okay I heard from a few of you and C..."
"Definitely Czech. Haskell used a hig..."
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ANSWER: LATE 50s OR 60s
This is a Trifari necklace. I am guessing 70s or 80s. What do you Joolies think. The back of the mounts are not textured and the signature has no crown.
Sande Kattau

"I think earlier, like 60s."
"The Sig is plain block letter ..no c..."
"That is a Stunner.. I think it is pr..."
"Actually, that's not quite right, bu..."
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ANSWER: MARKED GERMANY, US ZONE
Here's one I've never seen before. This 1960s brooch is marked Germany U.S. Zone. I found this info on the CIA World Factbook site: "The Federal Republic of Germany (FRG or West Germany), proclaimed 23 May 1949, included the former UK, US, and French zones. Unification of West Germany and East Germany took place 3 October 1990; all four powers formally relinquished rights 15 March 1991."
Nona Grampp

"Never seen that mark before. Very in..."
"I've heard of such marks, but never ..."
"The colors are much more vibrant. I ..."
"I think the "zones" only e..."
"Dotty, this just doesn't look like a..."
"Take a look at the information on th..."
"1950s makes moree sense Dotty. Than..."
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ANSWER: HELGEN MFG (JJ WHITE)
The first one is on a gorgeous art deco filigree bracelet.  I'm not sure if it's an I or an H in between two triangles.
Lilly Vittetow

"The first one (love the bracelet) wa..."
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Bracelet signature

Lilly Vittetow


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ANSWER: Stones with surface coating of Vitrail or Vitrail light.

I thought someone else asked about these stones, but didn't see it in the rfi album.  Would you call these bi-color art glass or is there a correct term for them?
Lilly Vittetow

""Art glass" is a term usua..."
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ANSWER: HAR
I have 2 necklaces that look pretty high end and try as I might to burn a signature into them with my eyes, no such luck. They both look sorta familiar,but I could find any matches online. First is a chunky well made faux pearl and rhinestone necklace.
Julie Levine

"That first necklace sure looks like ..."
"Good call on the HAR, you rock! I f..."
"This necklace is Har"
"This is Har, and usually is signed."
"The first necklace is definitely a H..."
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ANSWER: SERGIO LUB CALIFORNIA
Does anyone recognize this mark?   It looks familiar,  but I just can't place it.
Dotty Stringfield

"Could it be Spiegel as in the catalo..."
"The spelling isn't right for Spiegel..."
"Could it be Sergio Lub California?"
"Kristi I believe you have found the ..."
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ANSWER: GERDA LYNGGAARD MONIES
Looks like from my era, the 1960s.   Definitely RUNWAY material.  5” wide and just the hottest color of pink.   Super quality.  Everything is wood;  the chain, the circles, the clasp.   Though it does not look like modern Monies.  I could see this being maybe vintage Monies, but I’m no expert of her items.
Karen Bird

"Yes, I believe it's Monies. Here is..."
"Those are neat, ladies. But what (or..."
"This is a good one to google. Her ..."
"If you ever get a chance to be at a ..."
"So, some Monies jewelry is marked an..."
"Some of the Monies I've seen have pa..."
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ANSWER: ITALIAN GLASS
We are helping a close family friend ID her mom's jewelry. She was from Scotland.
Shanti Forte

"Nice old pieces! Pc. is Italian, gl..."
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ANSWER: GOLD WITH REAL GEMSTONES
I am assume this is gold tone with rhinestones.  Anyone recognize the mark on the inside?  It is really really hard to read.
Karla Wacker

"I think your last one is real gold a..."
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ANSWER: 1960S
Would anyone with the time take a look at this Trifari necklace and tell me a date for it? I have had it so long that I do not even remember where I got it. I just like to wear turquoise color jewelry.
Bobye Syverson

"I would say 1960s."
"I looked through all my Trifari ads ..."
"That looks like the 60s to me."
"I agree with the common consensus th..."
"They starting using the textured bac..."
"This is the same style beads and gol..."
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ANSWER: CORO DUETTE DISCUSSION
If a "duette" is not marked Coro duette... is it still a Coro duette?  The clip is marked "reg us pat off" on one side and "pat no 1798867" on the other.  The actual clips are marked "pat 1852188".
Amanda

"one place i'd look is www.illusion..."
"The patent on the clips, themselves,..."
"Gaston Candas. This appears to be a..."
"I don't know if this has been answer..."
"any one have a pin section for these..."
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ANSWER: CORO DUET DISCUSSION

Amanda

"i have the clips - where is the best..."
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ANSWER: JEWELRY WHOLESALER
Has anyone ever heard of Jewels by Stanlee?  I did a search and came up with some contact info for a private company out of Dallas called Stan-Lee Corp. that manufactures jewelry, but their phone numbers are disconnected.  Here’s a link to a necklace with paper tag
Nona Grampp

"There was a man in CT who put his na..."
"I am but one of the many re-sellers ..."
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ANSWER: JEWELRY WHOLESALER

Nona Grampp


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ANSWER: DISCUSSION OF CIRO
I recently purchased these earrings. They came in a Ciro box but I don't think they were originally purchased in it. The box is for pierced earrings. So I have 2 questions? The earrings are very well made clipped ones and to me look like KLJ design but are unsigned. Anyone recognise them? And Ciro jewellery -  is it also unmarked as recently I have seen a few Ciro boxes with earrings that are unmarked.
Sue Weaver

"Your query prompted me to take out a..."
"They're beautiful. I store many of m..."
"As you know Ciro is my thorn in the ..."
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ANSWER: DISCUSSION OF CIRO

Sue Weaver


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ANSWER: EUROPEAN SILVER
Marked 800. Is that low grade silver?  It is a goldish copperish color with enamel. So is it a gold wash?  How old? What country?
Karla Wacker

"800 is generally a mark for 80% Silv..."
"800 is a European silver mark. I ha..."
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ANSWER: A. CAPUANO FIRENZE

Melissa Sands

Designer? Age?

"It's a little fuzzy but my guess may..."
"Did you try a rubbing and then magni..."
"It's definitely A. Capuano Firenze. ..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE AKSEL HOLMAN - SCANDINAVIAN

I have a beautiful old brooch I found in London years ago at a flea market, and I'm almost positive that before I left, the woman told me first it was French enamel, and then that it was Russian, so I discount her history of it completely. I have some Norwegian enamel, signed, and I can't tell it this mark is the same or not.
Deborah Ahrendt

"It's a lovely piece Deb. I believe t..."
"I think your gorgeous brooch is a ve..."
"Found the mark identical to yours. T..."
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ANSWER: MIGHT BE ART
Has anyone seen this brooch before or any other piece that might go with it and if so, do ya know who made it?  The cabochon and beads are all glass, I presume.  At least for sure the cabochon and RS are.  The teeny tiny beads are just about too small to figure out.
Kathie Davis

"I’ve had these pieces of signed ART ..."
"I Agree with Nona. It reminds me muc..."
"That looks like an ART design."
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ANSWER: NOT LEA STEIN
Hoping we have a Lea Stein expert in the group. Some of her pins have a pinback marked France and some have a pin back marked Lea Stein France. This has no markings on the pinback, but has all the Lea Stein bells and whistles.
Paula K.

"I'm not a Lea Stein expert but that ..."
"It is a Lea Stein according to my bo..."
"Lea Stein made a chauffeur pin with ..."
"Last night I went cyber searching fo..."
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ANSWER: NOT LEA STEIN

Paula K.


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ANSWER: PARK BROS. & ROGERS
This is a lovely cameo and has a marking ..a horseshoe and a clover. Any info? I'd really appreciate some help with this one.
Sharon Hall

"It belongs to Park Bros. & Rogers, P..."
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ANSWER: PARK BROS. & ROGERS

Cameo

Sharon Hall


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ANSWER: CONSENSUS IS SWIZZLE STICK
Got this thinking it was a chatelaine pencil. Finally opened it and now have no idea what it is. The center piece and prongs are quite delicate. It was definitely made to be hung from chain or something (see top).
Betsy Keep

"It's a pipe cleaner"
"I bought one like it in england and ..."
"Champagne stirrer!"
"I have always been told that these w..."
"it looks a lot like a whisk, so I'd ..."
"It is a 'Swizzel stick' for stirring..."
"It seems as though it was mainly a t..."
"It is a swizzle stick: used to sti..."
"I have my dads, that he used to wear..."
"Yes,it is a swizzle stick to stir th..."
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ANSWER: CONTEMPORARY DESIGNERS - SEE COMMENTS BELOW

I have been asked by a customer about a jewelry maker that I have never heard of. Evidently he has been in business for quite a while, and still is. His name is Erickson Beamon. I didn't learn much from Google. Anybody familiar with him?
Bobye Syverson

"Erickson Beamon is actually two wome..."
"It is not a man, but rather the two ..."
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ANSWER: EISENBERG ICE - PATENT GRANTED 1963

It's marked Eisenberg Ice. It is gorgeous, but I've not seen the clasp on any other Eisenberg pieces I've been able to find online. The clasp is marked "Eisenberg Ice, U.S. Pat" and "Copyright" (the whole word, not just the mark!). Can we date the era of this with those markings? Can anyone shed any light on this clasp??
Cathy Overfield

"I have a couple bracelets with that ..."
"Since the copyright symbol was added..."
"That's the same type of clasp as is ..."
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ANSWER: EISENBERG ICE - PATENT GRANTED 1963

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ANWER: MICHAEL PAUL WORKED FOR MARVELLA - PROBABLY LATE '40s-EARLY '50s

Michael Paul.  I've had this bracelet for several years. I googled and tried to find this designer in my books. But have been unable to find anything in him.
Kathy Small

"I found in my research news of a Mic..."
"Definitely Marvella from at least 19..."
"I just found this article, it's from..."
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ANSWER: TRIFARI 1950s - Stones in Fragonard necklace & MOP in Fantasia series

Fruit salad earrings signed Trifari with the copyright mark.  Does anyone know what set these went with and if there is a name for it?
Dianne Lavenburg

"The stones were used in the Fragonar..."
"The Trifari earrings are from the 19..."
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ANSWER: CZECH - POSSIBLY MAX NEIGER OF GABLONZ

Is this brooch Czech?  It's about 2 inches wide
Kathie Davis

"Awesome piece!! I think it could be..."
"That sure is pretty, and the clasp l..."
"Hope this message reaches you in tim..."
"AAARRRGGHHHH MAX NEIGER FOR SURE ..."
"Deffinitely a Neiger. That is a very..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLY MARQUITA MASTERSON

The big pave rhinestone earrings measure about 1 1/4". There is a hallmark on them that looks vaguely familiar. I wasn't sure which end was "up", so I photographed it from both angles. Does anyone recognize this mark? Most of the pieces from this estate came from a really high end boutique in Tulsa and date to around the 1970-80's. They were still on their original card with original prices on them. These earrings sold for $110.10 back then!
Alison Gadberry

"About 6 weeks ago or so a JR/JC memb..."
"Marquita Masterson, see #95 on this ..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE ARTS & CRAFTS BROOCH

An arts and crafts brooch and bracelet that i have not been able to find any information on the marks.

Arlene Hjulian

"not much I can share. The brooch lo..."
"had to go look up the Info as I just..."
"I agree with Roger, the brooch looks..."
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ANSWER: VERONIQUE CHERANICH - PARIS

Can anyone give me information about the designer of these silvertone clip earrings? They are signed Veronique Cheranich, Paris and I have not found much online about her.
Wendy Sacks

"Wendy, I tried. I did come up with a..."
"Dear Wendy, Ijust saw your post, ..."
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ANSWER: PROBABLY LATE 60s-EARLY 70s MEN'S CUFFS

I picked up these most unusual cuff links yesterday. They are standard cuff links except that instead of having a short piece of mesh that connects the two findings, mine have like 8"'s of mesh. Is there a name for these "cuff link bracelets"? How were they worn? Over the cuff? Under the cuff? Can you help me date them?
Nicole Goodwin

"they could have been used to hold up..."
"those look like they would go around..."
"I had some links like that. They we..."
"how do you know they are cufflinks o..."
"from my days at the jewelry dist I c..."
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ANSWER: ROBOTIC/WHIMSICAL/3-D FIGURE

There were lots of dress clips and fur clips.  Here is a figural man that is interesting,  I found a similarly constructed brooch to him on jewelmuseum but wonder if anyone recognizes this guy.
Kim Paff

"This is another robotic figural, als..."
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ANSWER: KJL - CIRCA 1960s-1970s

My question is, this mark, it's Kenneth Lane with the C in front of the Lane. In researching I found a site where they said this was most likely a 1990's mark. My gut says this is a 1960's or 1970's piece. Am I right or wrong?Also what IS this? I have called it goat baby, baby goat snake and many others. It's obviously some sort of mythical creature but what? He measures 2 5/8 inches tall.
Melissa Sands

"http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/..."
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ANSWER: ATTRIBUTABLE TO SCEMAMA

Baroque pearl and clear rs fur clip (marked "Depose" and "France"). It's very similar to the girandole brooch pictured on page 61 of Ginger's book, which she says Roger Scemama made for Givenchy (in the 50s, I gather). The back of the clip has a really interesting construction. I found this description of an attributed Scemama fur clip auctioned by Doyle (and sold for a pretty penny!) that seems similar:  

"Lot 3163,Scemama Star Fur Clip
France, circa 1950

Navette-cut transparent stones in various sizes, silver plated findings, handmade structure, 5 x 4 inches, marked: Depose."

What say you about the maker of this lovely?
Carrie Pollack

"Just wanted to update that Ginger Mo..."
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ANSWER: ATTRIBUTABLE TO SCEMAMA

Rhinestone Fur Clip

Carrie Pollack

"Back View"
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ANSWER: PROBABLY CZECH/BOHEMIAN & POSSIBLY REAL AMETHYST

Am I correct in thinking this is probably pre-1930's czech
Jo

"Jo, take your necklace with the purp..."
"purple pendant looks Czech to me als..."
"Agree it is definitely Czech and if ..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLE CZECH/BOHEMIAN AND REAL AMETHYST

Purple Pendant/Necklace

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ANSWER: GLASS OPALS

Kathy Taylor
Brooch

Any ideas about maker and age?

"That's a crackle glass cabochon, cor..."
"No, it's similar to the D&E foil art..."
"NOT cat's eye, NOT crackle glass. Th..."
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Kathy Taylor

Back of pin - Age and/or maker?


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ANSWER: HANDPAINTED GERMAN/CZECH/BOHEMIAN/AUSTRIAN GLASS CABS FROM THE 20's to the 50's

Merry Becker
Brooch

I have a Moroccan looking glass? like like brooch. The pin looks old to me. I don't think it is sterling and have not tested it for gold. It is not signed and probably wouldn't be Celebrity or D&E made.
Any takers on what who, what and age?

"This is a glass cabochon/stone, righ..."
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ANSWER: JAPANESE LAMPWORK - WORLD WAR II - 1970's

Kathy Taylor
Cornucopia Pin

Can you help with origin of brass cornucopia and possible time period?

"The beads are Japanese lampwork. I b..."
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ANSWER: PERFUME LOCKET CALLED "INTIMATE HEIRLOOM" BY REVLON

Charla Holtschneider
Vintage Locket

I think it's brass. Light weight. It's 2 1/2" long & 2" across, unsigned. I'd like to know how old it is if possible. It looks old. Thanks in advance for any help.

"It is a perfume locket called Intima..."
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ANSWER: PERFUME LOCKET CALLED "INTIMATE HEIRLOOM" BY REVLON

Charla Holtschneider
Vintage Locket

"Try researching Jeanne it looks like..."
"I saw it but couldn't figure out wha..."
"My hubby didn't think it was that ol..."
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ANSWER: PROBABLY BUTTONS WITH ADDED FOBS and USED AS CUFFLINKS

Christia

I thought they were buttons, but
the sale had them listed as watch fobs. They are 18k gold(unmarked,
professionally tested) settings, carved out of gemstones and each intaglio face is different. They came 2 attached to each fob clip as you see in the photos.

Are these really watch fobs, or some super expensive buttons? If they are fobs, how would the be used? They are about 1/2 inch in diameter.


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ANSWER: PROBABLY BUTTONS WITH ADDED FOBS and USED AS CUFFLINKS

Christia

"Maybe they started out as buttons an..."
"They probably started out as very fa..."
"Fancy buttons connected with a key f..."
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ANSWER: VICTORIAN BELT BUCKLE LOVE TOKEN BRACELET

Karla Wacker
Bracelet

What is the possible age of this bracelet?

"Victorian Belt Buckle Love token Bra..."
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ANSWER: VICTORIAN BELT BUCKLE LOVE TOKEN BRACELET

Karla Wacker
Bracelet markings

Age? Maker?


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ANSWER: PROBABLY MID 50's

Gloria Barnhart
Trifari Bracelet

It is 7 inches long and 5/8 inch wide. It has a large crown symbol over the T.  It has the copyright mark.  I believe it is from the late 1950's - 1960's.
Please tell me if I am correct.  I would love to know how old it is.  I checked my ref. books and the internet but I have not found another one like it

"I would agree with you on the dating..."
"I am guessing mid 50's."
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ANSWER: PROBABLY MID 50's

Gloria Barnhart
Trifari Bracelet signature


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ANSWER: PROBABLY MIDEASTERN, INDIA OR ISRAEL

Delores Benedict
Gorgeous Sterling Necklace

I have no idea how to describe it. It is sterling with garnets.
Any help would be appreciated...All it says is 925.

"It looks Mideastern to me. Gorgeous!"
"http://www.925-1000.com/a_Standards...."
"This necklace reminds me of a bracel..."
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ANSWER: CZECH/BOHEMIAN BEADS

Nicole St-Pierre
Necklace

The beaded necklace looks quite old, it has a sterling pearl necklace type clasp. It's black & red and I wonder if it could be the stricà Murano beads Gennifer Moro shows in her book, page 214. Or is it from another country? It seems like it's mouned on twisted silk.
Age?

"Czech/Bohemian beads"
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ANSWER: BI-COLOR GLASS

Is there a name for this type
of glass that is two-tone color?
Linda Lange

"I would call the cameo bi-color glas..."
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ANSWER: POSSIBLY KITE SHAPED ART GLASS CABOCHONS

Gloria Barnhart
Brooch

Possible maker? Date? What are the odd shaped faceted purple stones?

"I haven't seen those before... V..."
"Looks to me like fruit salad leaves ..."
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