How to Date Vintage Costume Jewelry

The perfect jewelry compliments your style and amplifies your personality. Vintage jewelry is the icing on the cake. Dating jewelry comes so easy for some people. It’s so easy for them to identify a dealer trying to dupe them with fake jewelry.

Maybe you just bought vintage jewelry from a yard sale, or your stylish auntie gave you jewelry for your birthday, how will you date it? How to date vintage jewelry doesn’t come overnight, especially if the jewelry doesn’t have hallmarks or the maker’s mask but it is achievable.

  1. A maker’s mark is usually a big help if you are trying to learn how to date vintage jewelry. However, companies tend to change the signatures over time. Without the mark, all you have is your eyes. Here are some of the ways to help you determine the age of jewelry;
  2. Look for the hallmarks and marks. Most times these marks are on the inside of a shank in a ring, the inside back of your earring or on the inside of a bracelet. These marks make a big difference when it comes to the value and collect-ability of jewelry. The marks can provide information about where and when the jewelry was made.
  3. With time, color proves to have dominated throughout history. The color of gemstones correlates to decorative art of occasions and architecture. Make it a point to know which color gems were prime during certain historical times to help you date a piece of jewelry.
  4. Put your piece of jewelry and put it under good light, observe if it looks a certain age. Some jewelry naturally looks old. Just by looking at it, you can tell the age, but you need to educate yourself on costume jewelry. It would help if you purchased books to assist you with that.
  5. Look at the construction of the jewelry. The material used can give further clues. For example, when it comes to dating a brooch look for any suspicious solder. That would mean that the piece has gone through alterations and repair.

How should you wear vintage costume jewelry?

Vintage jewelry won right adds the ‘wow’ factor to your wardrobe. Good stuff always goes with good stuff as well. Just like decorating your living room, mixing jewelry does the same to your wardrobe. Learning how to mix vintage will make you look classy and elegant.

The brooch is more versatile than any other jewelry; it is the queen of the jewelry empire. When it comes to your necklaces, the key is to layer them to mix with textures and lengths. When it comes to jewelry, don’t be afraid of color, mix it up.

How should you clean costume jewelry?

With the quality of vintage jewelry, it’s important to know how to clean them. When it comes to gold and silver, deep them in a mixture of Windex and fresh water for a few minutes, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush then rinse with warm water.

When it comes to enamel and precious stones, you need to clean with a soft, dry toothbrush or Windex and water mixture. Allow enough drying time. When it comes to Rhinestones and Pearls, you should never get them wet. Use a compressed gas duster or a soft, dry toothbrush to remove any soil.

How do you sell and store vintage costume jewelry?

If you want to sell vintage jewelry for real money, learn your makers. You want to sound knowledgeable and professional when you are listing the jewelry, that’s the only way to convince the buyer that you know your stones pretty well. Of course, you can’t just toss vintage jewelry carelessly. Get a jewelry box separate from other jewelry and store them.

Spend time looking at jewelry, learning about it and guessing the age. With time and irrefutable knowledge, you’ll get the hang of it!