Quiz time! Guess the age of this jewellery….

Bit of fun today  – try to guess the age of these seven items of jewellery…..answers at the bottom of page 🙂

Number 1 below:

Guess the age of the vintage jewellery

Red brooch

Number two:

Guess the age of the vintage jewelry

Rhinestone necklace

Number 3:

Guess the age of the vintage jewellery

Yellow bead necklace

Number 4:

Guess the age of the vintage jewellery

Cross pendant

 

Number 5:

Guess the age of the vintage jewelry

Plastic and rhinestone brooch

 

Number 6 below:

Guess the age of the vintage jewellery

Black bracelet

Number 7 :

Guess the age of the vintage jewellery

Orange necklace

 

ANSWERS: 

Number 1  Red Buckle Brooch:  This is a typical vintage Scottish agate buckle brooch, which dates from the antique Victorian period, circa 1880s.

Number 2  Glass diamante swag necklace:  Although it looks vintage, this necklace is a lovely modern reproduction. How can we tell? The clasp is a modern ‘lobster’ clasp with typical post 1990s long extender chain. Also, the spacing between the stones is longer than on vintage necklace.

Number 3  Yellow bead necklace:  The rounded patterned barrel clasp indicates that this necklace is art deco and dates from the 1920s.  Another give-away is if you shine a UV black light torch on the glass beads, they’ll glow in the dark*; early 20th century and art deco glass was sometimes had minute amounts of real uranium added to them intensify the colour.

Number 4  Cross pendant:  This kitsch looking item is decorated with glass tiles and is properly known as micro mosaic jewellery, a distinct looking type of jewelry which has been made in Italy for hundreds of years.  This Italian religious pendant is modern and dates from the year 2000 – it was made to commemorate Christs 2000th birthday and is dated on the back.

Number 5  plastic and rhinestone brooch:  Although it screams art deco period, this brooch actually dates from the 1970s (there was a big art deco revival during this decade).  The biggest give-away is the pin at the back, which has standard modern roll-over clasp.

Number 6  Black bracelet:  Believe it or not, this bracelet is over 120 years old.  It dates from the Victorian period and is made from Whitby Jet, a type of gemstone mined in the east coast of England, which is now rare.  Antique Victorian jewellery was so well made that a lot still survives in excellent and perfectly wearable condition today.

Number 7  Orange necklace:  This double strand kitsch looking necklace is made from real coral gemstone, and dates from the Victorian / early Edwardian period, circa 1900s.  Coral was worn by superstitious Victorians as they believed it enhanced their health, and protected them from other people’s jealousy.

Vintage uranium glass bead necklace deco jewelry under UV light

* here’s a picture of those yellow uranium glass beads under UV light:

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