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    Posted 3 years ago

    Andreamw
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    I just bought this bracelet yesterday, thinking it was vintage, perhaps from the 1960's, but now I am not so sure. I wonder if it is a current piece made in the vintage style. It has a little tag that has a "C" mark on it. The clasp is a lobster claw spring style. (I hope my terms are correct). Can anyone help me estimate the actual age or maker of this bracelet? Thanks in advance for your thoughts. --Andrea

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    1. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 years ago
      Hi Andrea,
      Sadly, the lobster claw clasp was patented in the 90's, so your pretty bracelet is not vintage. There were other types of lobster claw clasps that were patented in 1959 & the mid- 70's, but they are shaped differently than yours.
      Your bracelet is beautiful, but if vintage is what you are going for avoid lobster clasps.
    2. Andreamw, 3 years ago
      Ah, thank you so much Ms.Crystalship! I will research further on the lobster clasps (and others).
      I will remove the picture, (if I can....I am still learning the ropes here. ) although I am still curious what the brand is. I still like the bracelet even though it is not true vintage. Not sure how long it will stay in my collection though! :)
    3. Andreamw, 3 years ago
      PS since I am betraying my ignorance..... Is there a way to view the postings to this Show and Tell area in a chronological way? I can't figure out the sorting procedure.
    4. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Yes very easy to put pics in chronological order, just go the the 4-sided arrows to left of pic and move it to where you want.

      I love the coloured coral rhinestones. They use a false prong which is for decoration as glue actually holds the stones down. Beautiful bracelet !~
    5. Andreamw, 3 years ago
      Phil-- BINGO! This is a glued piece, with little fake prong nubs. That should have been a huge red flag to me! Thank goodness I did not spend serious money on this. And the coral bits are plastic, not rhinestones. (which I did know. Again, this was a cheap thrill:)
      Is it always the case that a truly vintage piece will have prong set rhinestones? Or only the better made ones? Or to put it another way, when did glued stones become a "thing"?
      Also --thanks for the tip about ordering the pics. I see that some of my postings (if not all) have been re-categorized, so I need to be sure I choose the proper category for my pictures also. Thanks for your patience with me!
      Andrea
    6. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 years ago
      Andrea,
      Prong set stones are, of course, more desirable when choosing a piece of vintage.
      But then there are beautiful pieces that are pave' set, ( like a paved
      Cobblestone). For instance, look at my Polcini set... The ruby red are prong set, but the small clear rs are pave'. ( they had to in order to achieve the look of the brooch) Polcini used only superior stones and the settings have like 4 layers of rhodium,( related to platium), which made this piece expensive to make. ( the back looks like a mirror). Alot of the big names sometimes used pave' set, so if you love a piece and it's pave' set, don't let that stop you.
      One one thing... I wear my pieces and I always worry about losing a pave' set stone. Wore my KJL Ram brooch because it's my sign and the first thing I did when I got home was remove it and inspect it.
    7. truthordare truthordare, 3 years ago
      I know this mark, the C impressed on an oval tag attached to the bracelet, it is from the 198o-90s vintage, one of my favorite designer for sportswear then too. It's....... Liz Claiborne.
    8. welzebub, 3 years ago
      Very nice bracelet. Just to be clear, I think that some pretty easy research on the internet will reveal that the Liz Claiborne mark is generally one of a variety of marks using some form of "LC", and not a singular stylized C as seen on your piece. I used to run an auction, and also a very high volume thrift store, both of which sold tons of fine and costume jewelry, so I have seen and handled more than my fair share of it.
    9. SelectiveEclectic SelectiveEclectic, 1 year ago
      I have the identical bracelet only mine looks like milk glass and rhinestones. Besides colors everything else is identical.

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