Dating costume jewlery

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The pieces were black and made of various types of materials: gutta percha, vulcanite, bog oak, ebonite and black glass.

Jewelry took the form of chatelaines, hair ornaments, lockets, pierced earrings, watch chains with fobs and seals, cameos, book chain style necklaces, hatpins, lavalieres, lace and lingerie pins, bangles, cufflinks and stud buttons.

There were many motifs characteristic of this time: flowers, snakes, crescents, lizards, birds, Celtic designs, Japanese designs, horseshoes and acrostics. A Victorian filigree diamond ring today is a much sought after piece.

The first letter of each stone spelled a word when put together. There was a wide variety of materials used in the jewelry: turquoise, coral, pearls, agate, tortoiseshell, cut steel, sterling, gold and various grades of gold, jet, French jet (black glass), lava, onyx and paste, low carat gold markings (9 carat) and gun metal "blackened steel." Jewelry had a "stamped," machine made look and feel.

In 1972, the company became a subsidiary of watchmaker Dovorn Industries.

In 1944, he changed the company name from Marcel Boucher Ltd. Early pieces may be marked “Marboux” or with his initials in a cartouche. Pieces made between 19 may be marked with a Phrygian cap above his initials.Or, you could be an underground DJ spinning in Tokyo with a piece of Monet from the ’70s hanging like a Flava Flav chain from your neck.There’s no limits to the “who” behind the “how” of vintage costume jewelry.Often, the eras and the styles "blend," existing simultaneously, flowing and melding much like a river.The best tool you have to decipher these clues is your eyes. Queen Victoria loved jewelry and soon her fellow countrymen were as enamored of it as she was.

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