Around the s, a new detachable clasp was introduced — the bolt ring. Designed to wear with collars or a single strand of chain, the bolt ring is a round ring. The hinge then snaps back and the collar is joined. The bolt ring then developed into a spring ring clasp. This is a round ring which contains a tiny spring operated by a small lever or knob. You draw back the lever, opening the ring, insert the end of the collar and often a locket, then release the small lever. The spring mechanism keeps the clasp closed. Over the next few decades, the small lever or knob turned into a larger thumb knob, easier to push open and shut.
5 Easy Clues for Dating Antique or Vintage Jewelry
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If you take a good look at your collection of necklaces and bracelets , you’ll notice that there are many styles of jewelry clasps. Each type of closure has its advantages and disadvantages. Also known as “trigger” clasps, lobster clasps are some of the most common options for closing necklaces and chains. These closures are typically ovals, but they can be other shapes as well. To operate the clasp, you pull back a tiny metal trigger. The trigger opens the clasp, allowing you to attach the other end of the chain or necklace.
You’ll find these on fine jewelry as well as on handmade items. Lobster clasps come in different sizes and materials to accommodate various weights and types of jewelry. Lobster clasps are very strong since the ovoid shape means that the strain is never on the delicate part that opens. The only disadvantage to this style of closure is that it can be difficult to operate with one hand.
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Share best practices, tips, and insights. Meet other eBay community members who share your passions. According to this article spring ring clasps came into use in the early 20th century. And you will not find them on jewelry made before Thank you. That confirms what I thought – I googled but could not find answer. Also, is it possible the chain is not original to the locket or the clasp was changed out?
I have consulted several sites and they are all telling me the same thing. This page has better pictures. There was a spring ring in the s. The more modern one is Wish the op would post a picture. The spring ring was developed in according to the Antique Jewelry University’s timeline. Here’s a link to a series of neat videos on dating jewelry.
Dating Necklaces: clasps and fasteners -Part II
Certain markings were only used in specific time periods. However, if there are no markings on a piece, then we must turn to other methods of dating. The style of clasps will often give us a relatively good idea of how old a piece is. There are several types of clasps that were used on brooches from very early days right up to contemporary pieces. The T Bar clasp is one of the earliest styles of clasps for brooches and pins.
Sometimes adorned with gemstones or texturing, ball clasps provide a decorative closure which flows with the design of a necklace or bracelet. Closed Barrel.
One of the best ways to avoid reproductions and fakes is to know and understand how originals are made. Reproductions are rarely made the same as originals due to changes in materials, labor costs and modern production techniques. When looking at brooches, you can get a good idea of the age of the piece by studying the catches, hinges and pins Fig. For the purposes of our discussion we are going to use the words “brooch” to mean the decorative, ornamental piece.
The word “pin” will refer to the pointed piece of metal that pierces the clothing. The “hinge” is the assembly that allows the pin to pivot. The “catch” is the piece or mechanism that holds the fastener at the pointed end opposite the hinge. Pins, hinges, catches and other non-decorative pieces such as jump rings, latches, etc. Tube hinges were also used during other eras but not to the extent they were used during last half of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century.
Tube hinges are formed by three cylinders, or tubes, of hollow metal Figs.
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This article will offer some tips on how to analyze and date antique jewelry. Zoe, CC-BY Jewelry mirrors time, culture, and societal values. It reflects the taste and attitude of every period in history. Luckily, there are definitely clues that can be used in deciphering how old your jewelry is.
This clasp is designed for multi-strand necklaces and bracelets. Each side consists of a long tube with rings for attaching strands of chain, wire.
It 1 1 old and I am really wondering when it could be from. Your picture was the only one I have been able to find that looks like the clasp on my bracelet! I collect and sale antique 1 brooches and pendants. I am always researching clasps and found your blog very informative, thank you so much! Looking forward to more post! I have a ring that I for place the circa it was made. Do have clasps information on rings. The ring- vintage tooth setting, in a collet, red stone-with a R, and the band looks like 1 rolled a pattern on it.
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The clasps and fastenings which secure the necklace around the wearer’s neck have developed in time and often provide useful clues in dating the necklace, its origin and its value. The most basic way of closing a bead necklace consists of knotting both ends of the beading material on which the decorative elements are strung, as done during dawn of humanity up till our days. This system was common practice from the very earliest times until the 4th century B. The next step was making a “button and loop” style fastening with pulling a little wooden stick, small stone, bead or real button fitted at one end, through a loop made of the other end of the beading material.
This method with buttons we see till now with, among other, necklaces from Bedouin, South- Africa and Nagaland, a small state in the northeast of India, high up in the foothills of the Himalaya. By the way, this is a perfect solution for people with an allergy to certain types of metal, like nickel allergy which is very common. Today the loop and stick are often made of metal and are called a toggle clasp.
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Vintage Clasp Samples Card. Decorative box clasps can add so much to a necklace, especially if your hair is short or in an up-do. Hattie Carnegie necklace, the clasp is a focal point.
Dating Brooch Fasteners – to By Mark Chervenka Editor note: Push-pull or Trombone catches were not referred to as ‘safety’ clasps until the later part of the 19th Yellow Gold Rope Chain Necklace 18″ – 14k Tube Box Clasp.
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Reproductions are added to invest money in a hook clasp or vintage jewelry, clasp of the s and date and extender became popular. Take a small device, dresses and value tips on vintage costume jewelry findings are the most jewelry clasps right through out the s. This piece and necklace: a variety of the antique necklace clasp to have. Unwavering dedication to identify and art that i give a piece of hinged clasp on old jewelry? Many clasps were soldered onto the clasp on pearl necklaces. Available in the value of clasps were not.
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