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CIRO Bird in the Nest Brooch with Genuine Pearl Eggs - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Large Pot Metal & Rhinestone Flower Spray Brooch - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
14k Gold Ring c1970 with a Lab Ruby - UV Test Illustrated - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Salt Water Test for Amber Necklace - It Floats! - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Vintage Bakelite Bead Necklace - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Sarah Coventry Earrings - Unusual Stone - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Arts & Crafts Germany Sterling Silver Onyx or Chrysoprase Ring - Arts and Craftsin Arts and Crafts
A Massive Modernist Sterling Silver and Amber Pin - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Large Rose Gold Plated Sword & Shield Brooch with rhinestones c.1940s Retro - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Antique Three Horseshoe-Shaped Amethyst Glass Stone Pin, probably Czech - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry


  1. Would a puffin have a red dot on the back of its head? And the "beak" piece is attached very awkwardly for a bird. I could see it being a floppy ear - with the other one pointing left. Candy, you co...
  2. The stones are probably chalcedony.
  3. The photos are too blurry to see the detail; it looks to be a good quality ring; get it tested - it may turn out to be 9 or 10 kt gold or even higher.
  4. A very nice collection! The Monet pin and the daisy in the center are recent, most others are much older and good quality, too.
  5. There are a few books on the subject you may find helpful: "Silver Speaks: Traditional Jewelry of the Middle East" and "Desert Silver: Nomadic and Traditional Silver Jewellery From the Middle East and...
  6. Very pretty!
  7. Thanks for sharing!
  8. The box has an Eastern European look imho - maybe Ukraine or Belarus. Would need to see the bottom, the hinges and the interior to venture a guess about its age.
  9. The metal is probably a nickel alloy, sometimes it's 800 or 900 silver but not often - check it over well for a small hallmark just in case.
  10. Be careful cleaning it. Gentle polishing with soft cloth won't hurt it and if the designs are underglaze, they'll stand up to cleaning but if the painting is on the surface, it can rub off.
  11. The design and quality is not bad at all, even if it's a later and one-off piece. I say, you did well.
  12. Those flowers used to come from Czechoslovakia and several makers used them, even miriam Haskell, btw they are still being made. What I find interesting is how the floral centers are attached and tha...
  13. Looks like serpentine now, but post some better pics and we'll take another look.
  14. If there's 925, it's silver. PT with a shape on top in a shield is the maker's mark.
  15. It is probably a trademark mascot of some kind - his body is shaped as letter G (?). Try researching companies with names starting with G. The line on his face is probably significant, too - perhaps...
  16. The center of the pansy could use a tiny pearl as a final touch. Very nice!
  17. If the token is old, you may be able to find this image in other media, an engraving, for example, and find the artist's name that way. Good luck in your search.
  18. The shiny bits are probably pieces of foil under a layer of resin.
  19. I get a German vibe from it, the mark could have been on the very edge of the rim where it rubs agains the wearer so it could be (almost) gone.
  20. In 1960s and early 70s, beaded Peter Pan collars were in style. Someone started to make them separately - that way a dress could be safely washed and the same collar could go on different dresses. T...
  21. The bail is made from a smashed buckle ring - what a neat idea for reusing a damaged item!
  22. You have a nice Chinese necklace, made around 1990-2005, sometimes the focal point is also carved quartz like the rest of the beads, yours is indeed ivory.
  23. It's not a bracelet but a ring handle, like from a door knocker.
  24. We've all done that, so don't despair - your next find may be a super score!
  25. Lamplover, did you mean to write 585 for 14k or 625 for 15k? This ring is certainly 925 silver, from around 2000.
  26. lentilka, it was $8. At a large flea market, prices for similar items can vary tremendously but one can usually find a good deal if one looks long enough. It has some missing and darkened rhinestone...
  27. Ciro was known for its cultured pearl jewelry, so that could explain the use of genuine pearls, sort of a trademark.
  28. It could be plated copper or brass or a nickel alloy. They are very attractive.
  29. I see. In the US some appraisers charge a percentage but others charge by the hour. I agree that earning a percentage of the item value may be an incentive for some to jack up the declared value. I...
  30. It's actually a prayer box; it has different names in different Asian cultures and is made to carry a scroll with a sacred text or a prayer or even a small reliquary.
  31. You can choose to have it professionally tested/appraised, not just looked at. If it's antique platinum, it would be well worth it. Or choose to do nothing and it'll stay what you believe it to be. ...
  32. The designer really went out on a limb here - a cat covered with ... pearls! Very unusual, I've never seen one before.
  33. At the risk of getting you upset I stand by what I said earlier about the pendant (without seeing the diamonds up close). But I seem to be dissenting from the majority (not counting the folks who are...
  34. I gave a link to just one example of the earring backs being sold today but there are many more and you may be able to find the exact match.
  35. I'm sure you can find a matching ring easily - many old jewelry dies are now being used to manufacture exact reproductions. The maker discloses that they are remakes but as they find their way to the...
  36. Your set is NOT Russian imho. As for the copal/amber, please see the post I've put up hoping you find it helpful:
  37. Another bruiser!
  38. On the issue of rubies, I posted a pic of a UV test here and hope you find it helpful:
  39. Thank you for posting this, it's very educational for beginning collectors to see examples of reproductions. I wish there was a Repro category on CW for antique fine and costume jewelry where we cou...
  40. or Austria?
  41. These are very sweet. The design looks sort of like what was popular in 1990s in the Eastern Europe, I wonder if the earrings could be Czech or Polish or some place nearby?
  42. This style was made by more than one manufacturer and small retail stores would order them from catalogs in a variety of colors. They are most definitely glass unless the setting is gold, and your do...
  43. To be fair, you are not wrong, those backs are called screw backs for studs or post earrings and they are still being sold (e.g.,
  44. I was responding to your original posting before it was edited.
  45. And this is a page from 1917-1919 catalog (same website) featuring rings in a similar design: and a ring they date c1910: http:/...
  46. Here's a catalog page from 1887-1889 (courtesy of Morning Glory Antiques) featuring designs somewhat similar to your diamond brooch:
  47. Here's a page from a 1927 catalogue from the morning glory antiques site featuring rings in a similar design:
  48. The clips on your small earrings are in a very recent style. They were possibly bought as settings at a craft / bead store and then the button pearls were added. Since you've checked them and they ar...
  49. I suggest taking a closer look at the beads. Your necklace could be made with authentic handmade Peking /Canton glass beads if: 1. holes are large enough to let a silk cord through (right now brass...
  50. That was very noble of you. Have it tested though, it's possible that the lady knew something you didn't.
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