Dating jewelry clasp Cam private
Look at the hinge and the clasp of a brooch, bracelet, necklace, etc..
To wear and enjoy a beautiful piece of antique and vintage jewelry with history can be a wonderful, exhilarating experience. The more you collect, the more you want to collect!
Many clasps on old jewelry such as pins broke in time so replacement ones were soldered onto the back.
All better Jewelry is soldered at some place but if the piece has raised pads soldered to the back of the Brooch where the clasp is attached then it is a replacement clasp. Another good clue to dating a piece and determining the value of Antique and Vintage Jewelry is to look at the metal content where there might be some underneath wear, usually in back where it would rub against the clothing.
Some other date and value tips that I've learned over the years are that often Genuine Gold and Silver, even if it has wear, will not show a base metal underneath since it continues all the way through.
Many costume pieces from the nineteenth century and into the Art Deco period were made of gold and/or silver over base metals such as gold over brass, silver over brass, silver over copper, gold over copper, etc.
Since Bakelite is either cast or molded it would not have a seam line anywhere and the workmanship should look hand carved and not be crudely executed as if a stamp was used.