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      Determining Jewelry Quality

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      presents
      ~

      JEWEL CHAT
      Costume Jewelry Magazine



      The indications
      of

      QUALITY

      in costume jewelry

      Vintage costume jewelry
      varies widely in price and desirability. I am often asked what makes one
      piece better quality, more expensive and more desirable than another, and below are some of the answers
      along with examples.

      Quality of materials~

      Jewelry manufacturers used different quality materials… this is evident
      even in the pieces we see today. Quality in rhinestones is determined best
      by brilliance and clarity. The lead content and cut of Swarovski stones, for instance,
      makes them incredibly brilliant and clear. Good rhinestones, like good
      diamonds, sparkle beautifully, and inferior ones are cloudier and less
      brilliant. Inferior stones can be the result of poor condition,
      but it can also be lower quality stones that were used in the jewelry
      originally.

      Clear, very high quality stones with lots of sparkle and no foil damage
      (darkening of stones).

      A variety of sizes and shapes of rhinestones often increases design appeal and desirability.

      Swarovski stones have a first-class reputation for sparkle, quality
      and consistency.

      Cloudy and/or grayed rhinestones devalue any piece of jewelry,
      as do inferior quality dull stones. This additionally has a flat
      uninteresting design.





      WEISS necklace,
      bracelet and brooch and earrings in dazzling clear rhinestones.
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      #W1824

      WEISS clear
      rhinestone brooch. View
      #W20716

      SWAROVSKI Christmas tree pin.
      View
      #K19156

      CLEAR rhinestone simple floral brooch with a flat design and dim
      stones . #Y20731

      Quality of design~

      This may seem subjective but, just as in art, good design has quantifiable
      elements: composition, use of color, use of material, attention to detail
      and artistic merit of design. These pieces have it all!

      Intricate well-balanced artistic design with layers of interest

      Historical reference designs, figurals

      Colorful cheerful design with very high quality enameling

      Trifari "demi-lune" rhinestone pieces with unusual rhinestones
      and graceful designs, and a degree of rarity






      DeROSA
      3" fur clip marked R DeROSA with a peacock surrounded by magnificent detail.
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      #d18663

      KRAMER regal brushed gold tone
      winged crowned lion brooch with red cabochons and rhinestones, 3".
      View #X21197

      MB ENAMEL cherries
      brooch with high quality enameling. View
      #B16698

      TRIFARI
      wisteria purple demi-lune rhinestones 3-3/4" brooch (converted from a fur clip) #T18642
      Violets
      bracelet
      7" by 1-5/8". #T18643
      and violets fur clip #T21205. Backs

      Creative motifs~

      Detailed hand work work,
      craftsmanship, mechanical elements and complexity all add to the desirability of pieces
      like these.

      Mechanical pieces

      Attention to detail

      Unusual use of materials

      Appeal of subject






      COROCRAFT
      day and night blue cabochon and pave floral 4" brooch.
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      OPEN CLOSE
      MECHANISM #C20223

      HASKELL
      unsigned 1940’s vintage necklace with the slightly flattened larger glass
      beads typical of this era. It matches the dress clip to the left. View
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      View #H19404

      LUCITE
      jelly belly trembler brooch, a hand holding a pale pink and cream enameled
      orchid flower with aqua forget-me-nots wrist corsage with a glass pearl
      center, circa 1945, a large 4" long. #Y38383
      DeROSA
      unsigned clear rhinestone links necklace with tiny pastel
      porcelain roses and matching signed clip.
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      #d22193

      Intricacy of construction~
      Flat, simple and average pieces with little dimension
      and design were less expensive when they were originally made, and are not
      very
      desirable to collectors now.
      The three pictures below are examples of lower quality jewelry. They are
      wearable, and may even be marketable, but only at low prices.

      flat design

      simply designed rhinestones

      common brooch




      Clear rhinestones floral brooch. #Y21211

      RED rhinestones and
      aurora borealis necklace, 14-15". View #Y21977

      Clear rhinestones circle brooch.
      #Y21055

      These pieces show more complex design and use of
      color, and they are more rare. Prices for these would be on the high end
      range for costume jewelry.

      Beautiful and intricate hand work

      Creative use of unusual stones, 3-D design

      Well designed combination of layers




      HASKELL parure composed of purple faceted crystal beads,
      chartreuse glass teardrops and poured glass leaves, it is enhanced by
      rhinestones, artificial pearls and filigree work. The necklace is 14
      inches long with a 3 inch pendant, matching 2-1/2" wide brooch 1-3/4" earrings. So typical of the things best about Haskell… the intricate
      work, the wonderful colors, and the delicate detailing. View View
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      View #H19083

      DeROSA rose bud
      fur clip, invisible set rose colored glass, rhinestones and faux pearl, 4"
      tall. This is a large piece with unusual elements and three dimensional
      design.
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      #d19517

      DUJAY unsigned
      flower brooch with lovely purple glass beads, green
      enameling and clear and purple rhinestones 3-1/2".
      View
      #Y20383

      Rarity~
      Rare and/or
      one-of-a-kind pieces and pieces with provenance which are also well made and in good condition
      command the highest prices of all.






      HASKELL/VRBA this fabulous
      one-of-a-kind portrait pin was made for a Broadway play
      by Larry Vrba when he was the designer for Miriam Haskell Jewelry.
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      #H10012

      MIRIAM HASKELL circa 1940 Frank
      Hess designed necklace, bracelet, and three clips jewelry parure with
      original illustration advertising art work by Larry Austin.

      DeROSA
      2-11/16" face motif fur clip made from the design shown at left. See
      this piece in Harrice Miller’s "Confident Collector, 2nd Edition" on page
      98.
      View #d20623

      Historical Interest~

      Jewelry that has been featured in books and magazines or has been
      prominently worn or owned by well-known people has a cachet of its own.

      BAKELITE heart and key brooch seen on the cover of
      a 1940’s Life Magazine

      "BOOK" pieces.

      Pieces with provenance.

      FAMOUS PEOPLE









      BAKELITE red heart and key pin.
      View #B16689

      HASKELL
      early Hess unsigned dress clip. Note the cast metal flower petals set with
      rhinestones. #H18844


      VICTORIAN
      gold and enameled brooch with plaited thick
      blonde hair under glass with extended pin stem, "In Memory Of"
      encircling frame, and engraved on back, 1-1/2" by 2":
      Ms Buchannan, died 12th Nov 1843
      John Wilson died 4th June 1843
      Seen in Christie Romero’s "Warman’s Jewelry, 3rd Ed, page 35 and in
      Becker’s "Antique & Twentieth Century Jewelry" on page 106.
      It also was featured in Southeastern Antiquing &
      Collecting Magazine
      , August 2003.
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      #V9521

      Ann Southern 1941
      This brooch looks like the
      STARET
      bleeding heart brooch circa 1940. #S18228

      Era or Maker Interest~

      Jewelry that is strongly typical of it’s era and style is always popular.
      But conversely, this can also be true of jewelry that is very atypical of a
      designer or era. See JEWELRY BY THE DECADES
      to help date your jewelry.

      TYPICAL OF ERA

      TYPICAL OF DESIGNER

      UNUSUAL FOR ERA and DESIGNER




      DRAGONFLY and poppy
      sash pin.
      View
      #Q19163

      HASKELL
      lavender parure with glass beads, seed beads, petals and leaves.
      #H19502

      CARNEGIE
      enameled cast metal angel child brooch, 4". This is a large and heavy
      piece with lustrous enameling, and unlike any Carnegie I have seen before.
      View #C23043

      Fashions and Trends~

      What is on the TV and movie stars, what is being talked about by collectors, what is
      on the fashion run ways… all these influence what is hot and what is not.
      And like apparel, jewelry fashions may come and go with jewelry and
      accessories following
      suite. Buying high quality, excellent condition, multiple pieces in a set
      and/or unusual items is a good hedge against the trends of the times.

      STATEMENTS RINGS

      STACKS of BANGLES

      THE UNUSUAL




      VEGA enameled ring with a parrot
      design and red, green and burgundy enameling and
      Azurite/Malachite
      (The Azurite is the blue material and the Malachite is the green material), size 10, 2-1/2". Azurite
      was thought to be an aid to spiritualism by the Egyptians.
      View
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      View #X33331

      SHULTZ bakelite cream, black, red and white bangle stack, great
      graphics and vivid colors. #Bscz17

      Lovely lady
      brooch
      purple glass in an intricate and artistic setting. Exactly
      when
      and where she was made is uncertain, but she surely is a beauty. View
      View View
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      Personal Preferences and
      Associations~
      In spite of all other factors, personal taste,
      sentimental associations and general eye appeal count. Personal associations
      and preferences often overrule all the other decision making points listed
      above, so as it is often said, "Buy what you like". It will make either your
      collection so much more distinctive!

      Sentiment.. a piece reminiscent of
      an special event.

      Personal Tastes

      Eye appeal





      SWAROVSKI
      red glass grapes and pave leaves brooch, a sentimental
      favorite of mine as it marked a special occasion.
      View
      #K20104

      Signed
      R DeROSA on each piece,
      peacocks with enameling, faux pearls and rhinestones. A 6-1/2" by 1-1/4"
      bracelet View View
      and matching 1-1/8" by 1" earrings and 3" by 2-1/4" dress clip View
      #d18666

      ENAMELED
      huge 5" floral brooch with rose colored cabochon centers.
      View
      View #Y23057