Dating costume jewelry clasp
In all three cases, the jewelry was meant to last and be handed down to successive generations.
It was not to be casually tossed aside when new clothing fashions came into vogue.
But there was also jewelry for those with smaller budgets.
Glass stones and base metals made to look like gold were used for jewelry that imitated its more expensive counterparts.
Most scholars tend to define the word "antique" as something a certain number of years old.
When looking at brooches, earrings and necklaces, after quickly looking at the front to get an idea of the piece's style, I always examine the back.
If a piece is marked, its back is where to find a signature or hallmark.
Costume jewelry is usually defined as beginning in the 1930s, although this is a bit misleading.
It is true that cheap, disposable jewelry meant to be worn with specific outfits or costumes began to appear in great quantities in the 1930s.The now-outdated pieces would languish in the back of jewelry boxes or be given to young girls to play dress-up.