Hallmarks On Gold Jewelry


Hallmarks On Gold Jewelry

hallmarks on gold jewelry


  • A mark stamped on articles of gold, silver, or platinum in Britain, certifying their standard of purity
  • A distinctive feature, esp. one of excellence
  • (hallmark) authentication: a mark on an article of trade to indicate its origin and authenticity
  • A hallmark is an official mark or series of marks struck on items made of precious metals — platinum, gold, silver and in some nations, palladium. In a more general sense, the term ”” can also be used to refer to any distinguishing characteristic or trait.
  • (hallmark) a distinctive characteristic or attribute


  • Personal ornaments, such as necklaces, rings, or bracelets, that are typically made from or contain jewels and precious metal
  • (jeweler) jewelry maker: someone who makes jewelry
  • Jewellery ( or /?d?u??l?ri/) or jewelry (see American and British English spelling differences) is a form of personal adornment, manifesting itself as necklaces, rings, brooches, earrings and bracelets. Jewellery may be made from any material, usually gemstones, precious metals or shells.
  • an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems)


  • A yellow precious metal, the chemical element of atomic number 79, valued esp. for use in jewelry and decoration, and to guarantee the value of currencies
  • An alloy of this
  • coins made of gold
  • amber: a deep yellow color; “an amber light illuminated the room”; “he admired the gold of her hair”
  • A deep lustrous yellow or yellow-brown color
  • made from or covered with gold; “gold coins”; “the gold dome of the Capitol”; “the golden calf”; “gilded icons”

hallmarks on gold jewelry – Hopi Silver:

Hopi Silver: The History and Hallmarks of Hopi Silversmithing
Hopi Silver: The History and Hallmarks of Hopi Silversmithing
Collectors all over the world prize the distinctive silver jewelry crafted by the Hopi people of northern Arizona. Margaret Wright’s comprehensive guide, first published over thirty years ago and updated in 1998 to include new artisans, has long been considered the best available reference on Hopi silversmithing and is now available only from UNM Press.
Beginning with a brief look at the geographic area that helped form Hopi identity and culture, Wright moves on to examine Hopi silversmiths from the late nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth century. Included is the important role played by Mary Russell-Colten of the Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff. Russell-Colten encouraged the Hopis to adopt a unique design style that would set their work apart from other Indian silver work, thereby making it more easily distinguishable and profitable. Wright also provides a survey of the tools utilized by the artisans.
The index of hallmarks utilized by more than 300 Hopi silversmiths, arranged chronologically and by type of symbol, with brief information about each artist is a necessity for anyone collecting Hopi silver work.

Gold Victorian Sweetheart (Mizpah) Brooch

Gold Victorian Sweetheart (Mizpah) Brooch
Pretty Victorian sweetheart (Mizpah) brooch with ornate floral design. Scalloped edged with applied flowers and foliage to the raised central gallery.

On close inspection this brooch appears to be made from rose gold and has a beautiful and finely tooled surface. Secured with a c-catch, including the original pinback. Stamped on the reverse with the maker’s mark AJC. There are no hallmarks so the brooch is either gold filled or gold plated.

Hallmark card – with sticker on it….

Hallmark card - with sticker on it....
Hallmark is selling cards in China with the price sticker on the card instead of on the plastic cover. Not only that, the English text on the card says ‘made in U.S.A.’, but the Chinese sticker says made in China. Now who is telling the truth?
hallmarks on gold jewelry

hallmarks on gold jewelry

American Jewelry Manufacturers
The identification and dating of American jewelry heretofore has been difficult because few pieces bear standard markings and the references have been diverse, hard to find, and incomplete. Using old trade journals and their related directories as her primary sources, the eminent silver historian Dorothy Rainwater has exhaustively compiled here for the first time a comprehensive reference of jewelry trademarks and manufacturers in alphabetical order. She has also written a history of jewelry making in the United States which explains the framework upon which this enormous industry was built. The large scale manufacturers which began in the 1840s form a major portion of this directory. it is surprising to learn that only in 1961, after years of effort by the Jeweler’s Vigilance Committee and the backing of trade journals, did American law require makers’ marks on new jewelry. Therefore, this reference should become an important sourcebook for every jeweler, collector, antique jewelry dealer and manufacturing historian for the foreseeable future.


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