Dating vintage jewelry by clasps

18-Oct-2019 23:09

By Danielle Olivia Tefft Did you know the type of clasp used can reveal important clues about when a vintage necklace was made? But before we dive into the fascinating study of necklace clasps, it’s helpful to define the difference between antique and vintage jewelry.Antique jewelry is jewelry that is one hundred years old or older than today’s date.We share our reference material free of charge and work hard to make it accurate, but as with any research, mistakes can be made.

” Sometimes the question is very easy to answer, especially if the jewelry is marked in any way.

Some general styles are T bar pins, C clasps, C clasps with extended pins, Locking C clasps, Trombone clasps.

The T Bar clasp is one of the earliest styles of clasps for brooches and pins. The pin extended slightly over the edge and had no locking or holding mechanism.

First, you need to become familiar with the distinct styles for any time period in question.

After a short time of familiarizing yourself with the styles from different eras, you’ll naturally begin to accumulate knowledge about the materials used in necklaces during that time period, as well.

” Sometimes the question is very easy to answer, especially if the jewelry is marked in any way.

Some general styles are T bar pins, C clasps, C clasps with extended pins, Locking C clasps, Trombone clasps.

The T Bar clasp is one of the earliest styles of clasps for brooches and pins. The pin extended slightly over the edge and had no locking or holding mechanism.

First, you need to become familiar with the distinct styles for any time period in question.

After a short time of familiarizing yourself with the styles from different eras, you’ll naturally begin to accumulate knowledge about the materials used in necklaces during that time period, as well.

The safety catch (also known as the “spring ring” clasp) was introduced in 1921.