Unfortunately, you can’t always date a vintage necklace by its clasp alone.
You have to take a few other factors into consideration, as well.
By Danielle Olivia Tefft Did you know the type of clasp used can reveal important clues about when a vintage necklace was made? But before we dive into the fascinating study of necklace clasps, it’s helpful to define the difference between antique and vintage jewelry.
Antique jewelry is jewelry that is one hundred years old or older than today’s date.
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Improvements and modifications made throughout the 20th century.You can read the other articles in this series here: Part 1: Vintage Jewelry Marks: Help for Dating Your Vintage Jewelry Part 2: Silver Jewelry Marks: Learn to Identify and Date Silver Jewelry Part 3: Vintage Jewelry Patents: Find and Use them to Date Vintage Jewelry So let’s get started learning about vintage jewelry hardware.The earliest type of brooch clasp is a simple hook, also known as the C-clasp, since the hook is shaped like the letter “C.” It was used well into the 1930s.Vintage jewelry hardware refers to the various types of clasps, pins, earring backs, rings, and other elements used to create jewelry.These are also called “findings.” Techniques and elements have evolved over time, so knowing the types of hardware used during various eras will help you to properly date your vintage and antique jewelry.