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    Posted 1 year ago

    tharless62
    (56 items)

    I have been using a magnifying app on my phone along with its flashlight feature. I swear I see some letters on the clasp area but just cant conclude....I am thinking I should buy some surgeons magnifying eyeglasses so I dont have to keep coming here and asking for help!! Any input on this necklace greatly appreciated! This is about 30" long.

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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
      You must be into the Christmas spirits early ;) I don't see any lettering but will offer a suggestion. Dump the image into a computer and open it with a photo editor. Then change it from color to negative. Usually doing so will highlight and letters or numbers so they can be read. You could also try doing a rubbing of the area. Either way good luck.

      PS: I picked up a lighted 40x jewelers loop on Amazon for $10 and it came with a case and extra battery. I love it because old age isn't being kind to me.
    2. tharless62 tharless62, 1 year ago
      No spirits for me!!! Lettering aside i am also seeking if anyone recognizes this clasp, chain style, design. I have done the magnifying hence the reason i saw the lettering!!! Just forgot to snap a photo to post...but will do so!!!!
    3. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      The item used here as a clasp is usually used as a “necklace shortener”. I think someone improvised instead of using any type of standard clasp.
    4. truthordare truthordare, 1 year ago
      What I see is a W shaped piece of metal that is a 'hook and eye' type of small sewing clasp for dianty areas such at the top of a zipper on the back of a dress. This is the eye part, they do come in more ornate and bigger sizes. The two small curves are where it is sewn on.

      It's a beautiful chain, too bad the original clasp is gone.

      https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41tKyvp5LHL._SY450_.jpg
    5. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      Hi TOD, the shape is very similar to a hook and eye “eye”, but not exactly.
      The “end” pieces of necklace shorteners come almost to the top of the center curve and all the curves are identical in size and shape, as this “clasp” does. The curves are wide enough to accommodate the beads of necklaces, like this “clasp”.

      I have several necklace shorteners exactly like the “clasp”. And more hooks and eyes than I will ever have a use for. ;-)
      The hook and eye “eyes” are a bit smaller and almost (or completely) closed.
    6. truthordare truthordare, 1 year ago
      A agree there are many versions, with different purposes, I was surprised to find that out when I googled 'hook and eye'.

      As far as necklace shortener or of adjustable length, I have never seen the eye part, what I have experienced is a chain or a length of small beads, and the hook which you can place where you want.

      I did notice here on the post the eye parts are open and bigger at both ends, enabling the attachment of the tube spacers.

      can you show me what you mean with an image?
    7. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      TOD, I’m too dumb to know how to include a link to the item I’m talking about but if you go to Etsy and enter “necklace shortener”, it will show you the type I’m talking about.
    8. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Jewelers' loupes are incredibly cheap on ebay and on Amazon. I have several and carry one with me whenever I go thrift shopping. I leave one in the car in case I forget to bring one.
    9. truthordare truthordare, 1 year ago
      Wats, too dumb, I don't think so. That made me laugh, my theory is if you say that you are very smart, lol.
      I will go have a look, always keen to learn something new. Thanks.
    10. truthordare truthordare, 1 year ago
      kwkd, was just examining a small lot of old jewelry I recently got at auction with my loupe and a strong light, 8 pieces, several gold colored, but no marks, and the 2 silver pieces are marked sterling. Much wear, so not a really cool deal. Still love the hunt. :-)
    11. tharless62 tharless62, 1 year ago
      Thanks everyone!!! I didn't gave a Bausch & Lomb loupe but it's only a 10 x and it's very difficult, for me, to wrangle it and maneuver jewelry for viewing. I downloaded a magnifying app that has a flashlight and both zooming & light adjustments! Seriously I need some of those surgeons eye glasses!!! Hands free!! I promise to take a photo of the markings I see!!! Any comments on the design of this chain? I think it's quite stunning! Y'all should see the jewelry vortex I have put myself in today!!! AND to boot still going thru all the other vintage stuff i have inherited....!!!

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