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This is also true for Rhinestones in Vintage Costume Jewelry, where prong set ones are valued higher than glued in ones.These are just some of the many date and value tips to help you learn what to look for when buying Antique and Vintage Jewelry which can be as much fun as wearing and collecting it! To learn more date and value tips and how to invest in Antique and Vintage Jewelry & Collectibles from the Victorian Era into the 1960s, check out Sharon's shop at Rubylane - YEARS AFTER Shop.You'll be amazed at what you could find and where you will find it.
One of the most obvious date and value tips is antique jewelry marks. Surprisingly enough, a lot of antique jewelry was marked in the most unusual of places so check along the edges, inside of the bale, the pin stem and even on the back of the pin stem!There are several tests in determining Authentic Antique and Vintage Bakelite Jewelry using Formula 409, Hot Water, Simichrome Polish and a Q-Tip.Still, some Bakelite such as Black Bakelite may not test positive.If you see a marking such as "1/20 12K on Sterling" then 1/5 of the piece is 12K gold and is likely to be from 1942 to 1945.Vintage Bakelite which is a Polymeric Plastic invented by Leo Hendrik Baekeland in 1907, became popular in jewelry design during the hardships of World War II also.