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They have an extensive library of jewelry marks located here: Researching Costume Jewelry.

Just scroll down a little and click the letter of the alphabet for the company marks you wish to view.

Whether you plan to keep the jewelry as a family heirloom or would like to resell it, a knowledge of vintage jewelry marks will help you to identify and date it properly.

I often get requests from people asking for help with vintage jewelry they’ve acquired.

Trifari always signed its jewelry and was very diligent about protecting its designs.

Prior to the change in the copyright law in 1955, the designs were patented.

I’ve accumulated a modest library of vintage jewelry reference books and have created a page on my site that lists some of the best, along with a brief summary for each one.

The ends of the original ear wires can be seen at the top of each earring.

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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