Antique Jewelry University: Lang Antiques features a section on their site named “Antique Jewelry University” with lots of useful information, such as this page discussing hallmarks: Hallmarks on Period Jewelry 925-1000: Described as the “Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks, and Makers Marks,” the 925-1000 site is the first place I go to research vintage silver jewelry marks.
It includes silver marks from many countries and you can access it here: 925-1000 Silver Marks When learning how to date vintage jewelry, a maker’s mark (or signature) can be a big help, since most companies changed their signatures over time.
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According to Lang Antiques’ Antique Jewelry University, the term “hallmark” refers to any stamps or marks on jewelry and usually includes one or more of the following: Purity marks for older silver pieces can differ from those commonly seen today.
For example, most Sterling Silver Jewelry up until the 1940s era was usually stamped “STERLING” or “STER” or “STG.” The “925” mark did not come into common use until later.
Or you found some nice vintage jewelry at a yard or garage sale or at the thrift shop.Vintage costume jewelry usually doesn’t have purity marks, but will often have a maker’s mark (commonly called the signature), and can sometimes have a retailer mark and/or patent or inventory marks.Patent numbers are especially helpful when dating older vintage jewelry, and will be covered in a separate article in this series.The most commonly seen vintage Trifari pieces have signatures from pre-1955 through the 1990s.In 2000 the company was bought by Liz Claiborne and production was moved overseas to create mass produced unsigned jewelry.
Resources Page with All Links: If you’d like to have all of the resources mentioned in this article in one place, check out my Resources page: My Classic Jewelry Resources Page Another way to learn more about vintage jewelry is to read vintage jewelry books.