Monday, December 2, 2013

Dating Sarah Coventry Jewelry by name of the Design

Sarah Coventry Vintage Jewelry was sold by the party plan during the 1950 to 1970s.  Each piece was given a design name.  Knowing the name of the piece will allow you to date it since the designs were made for a limited number of years.

Many of the resource books will tell you the date of the piece if you know the name.  My favorite research book on Sarah Conventry jewelry is " Emmons and Sarah Coventry Jewelry Fashion Show - Deborah A. Robinson."

This is a video that I put together on YouTube which shows 13 pieces of Sarah Coventry jewelry from the middle of the last century with design name and date of manufacture.

Most Sarah Coventry jewelry designs are quite collectible today.

For a great range of Sarah Coventry jewelry, please visit Vintage Jewelry Lane. Sarah Coventry jewelry is one of the specialties of my site.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sarah Coventry Vintage Jewelry from the 1960s and 70s

Sarah Coventry Jewelry at Vintage Jewelry Lane

Sarah Coventry jewelry is well known and very popular with collectors of vintage jewelry.   Each piece is well made and has come to be known by the name that the designers gave to it.   This piece, for instance is called "Touch of Elegance."  I think the name fits beautifully.

The jewelry was originally sold by the party plan in the 1960s and 70s.  But don't let that fool you into thinking this is not good quality jewelry. It has stood the test of time and many pieces are in the same condition as when it was made.

One of the specialties of my website is Sarah Coventry jewelry.  You can see the full range at Vintage Jewelry Lane. 

I've put together a video on my YouTube channel showcasing some of the Sarah Coventry piece from the 1960s and 70s.  The video has music.   Grab a cup of coffee and Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Designer of the Week - David Andersen

David Andersen - Scandinavian Silver at its Best

David Andersen jewelry is a family operation that was founded in 1896 and has been handed down through the family ever since then.

The designs are very high quality and also very collectible, particularly among collectors of Scandinavian silver jewelry.   Designs are the work of many silversmiths but all have only the David Andersen mark on them.

David Andersen jewelry is famous for their Basse-taille leaf pins which were made in most jewelry styles - bracelets, earrings, necklaces, brooches and sets.

Many marks are evident on the pieces:
  • picture logo of tongs and a hammer (late 19th century).
  • D-A 830s (early 20th century)
  • Christiana D. Andersen 830s (early 20th century)
  • D-A925S Norway Sterling with balancing scale logo (mid 20th century on)
  • David-Anderson Norway Sterling Handmade 925S
  • DA-Norway sterling
  • David-Andersen Norway Sterling
The last three markings were all used Mid 20th century until now.

Here are some examples of David Andersen designs:

For those who collect, all David Andersen pieces are good investments.  For the best investment, be sure to examine the enameling to make sure it is in good condition.  Look for older pieces with the D-A 830S markings and also look for vintage sets in their original boxes.

Vintage Jewelry Lane has a nice range of David Andersen leaf jewelry.  You can view them on this page of my website.

Do you collect Scandinavian silver?  Who are some of your favorite designers?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Thrifty Thursday - All Under $10 - Jewelry Bargains

Who Doesn't Like Jewelry Bargains?

Today is Thrifty Thursday.  Let's take a stroll through my shops on the lookout for jewelry items less than $10.  Grab yourself a bargain.  All items available in my Amazon shop - Jewelry Lane.

rhinestone set
Pretty Rhinestone Set. Perfect for a bride.  Just $9.99

Adorable Owl Earrings in Bright Colors - Only $7.99

Breast cancer awareness Brooch

Pretty Breast Cancer Awareness Brooch with pink Ribbon. Only $9.25

leopard pendant necklace
Rhinestone Leopard Cat pendant Necklace - Just $9.99

metal mesh bracelet
Metal Mesh Cuff Bracelet with Gathered Sections - Just 9.99

You can find all of these and many more bargains in my new Amazon Shop - Jewelry Lane.  Just click on any of the links above for more details about the items.

When you shop for jewelry, what is your primary consideration?  Style or price?  Let us know in the comments below.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dating Costume Jewelry - Six Methods

Dating Costume Jewelry Can Be Quite a Task

Collectors of Vintage jewelry know that one of the most daunting tasks is dating a piece.  No one method will give results for all pieces, but there are six commonly used techniques.

  • Signatures.  This signature on a vintage jewelry piece will offer valuable clues to dating it.  Many designers of vintage jewelry only made pieces during a certain time period.
  • Copyright symbol.    Many jewelry designers applied for patents for their pieces to keep them from getting copied.  Both signature marks and actual designs were patented.  A study of patents will give exact dates if the designs were copyrighted themselves.
  • Signature Variations.  Most designers used a variety of signatures on their pieces over the years.  A good knowledge of the progression of these signatures can help pinpoint a design within a long time period.
  • Dating by style.  Vintage jewelry is like any other fashion style.  It has certain characteristics which were trendy at various time points during the 1935 to 1980 span, which is considered vintage.  Many vintage jewelry advertisements were used during this time.  Locating an ad for your piece or one like it will give an approximate age of the piece.
  • Resource books.  If you are serious about collecting vintage jewelry, it will help to have a library of resource material. 
  • Dating from the original source.  Provenance is defined as the original source.  In vintage jewelry terms, this would mean dating a piece with information obtained from the original owner of it.  If you are lucky enough to purchase an estate from the original owner, you may be able to get a lot of information about when it was originally purchased.  How lucky that would be.
Have you discovered other methods for dating vintage jewelry?  I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.