Dating costume jewelry clasps


Similar cuff bracelets to this one are shown in the 1920s and '30s sections of The Napier Co. by Melinda Lewis, a recommended resource for learning more about this type of jewelry. These bracelets have a very distinctive look since they were crafted using intricately stamped French filigree metal and unfoiled rhinestones. Filigree used in Napier "revival" pieces in later decades usually is not as fine. These pieces generally reflect the period in which they were made with detailing ... MORE applied in a more delicate manner than that seen in pieces made decades later bearing a similar mark. 

Such facts can be gleaned through reference books and online sources, followed by going to museums and antique malls to look at various pieces.

In the early 1930s, Boucher worked for another pair of famous designers, the Mazer brothers. Her designs for the Duke of Windsor and his wife led to the creation of her "Duchess of Windsor" line. It is a very large company (currently about 11,000 employees) with the main business being stores dealing in women's apparel, along with accessories such as jewelry, belts and purses. After much turmoil in the 1980s, an investor group let by Bernard Arnault acquired the company and drove it to become a luxury powerhouse, which it remains today.


Dating costume jewelry clasps

Dating costume jewelry clasps



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