Dating antique silver jewelry
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Koski, Director, Wisconsin Historical Museum Whenever I give a presentation on antique and costume jewelry, it's often followed by a session on identifying pieces from the audience.
This short article is to help you begin to answer some of these questions.The first issue that needs to be addressed is the difference between antique and costume jewelry.Most scholars tend to define the word "antique" as something a certain number of years old.To be entered onto the National Register of Historic Places, for example, a building must be at least fifty years old.Most jewelry book authors tend to consider anything dating before the 1930s as antique.Costume jewelry is usually defined as beginning in the 1930s, although this is a bit misleading.
It is true that cheap, disposable jewelry meant to be worn with specific outfits or costumes began to appear in great quantities in the 1930s.This type of jewelry, called "costume," was not meant to be handed down through the generations.Rather, it was presumed to be fashionable only for a short period of time, and then the wearer would purchase new, matching jewelry when she bought a new outfit.The now-outdated pieces would languish in the back of jewelry boxes or be given to young girls to play dress-up.This is not to say that cheap jewelry did not exist prior to the 1930s.Paste or glass jewelry was made as early as the 1700s, but was done for the rich who wanted their fine jewelry duplicated for a variety of reasons.