Following Alberts death in 1861, she continued to wear jewelry.Known as mourning jewelry, Queen Victoria wore it in tribute to her deceased husband.Manfred Swarovski perfected the application of the thin metal coating over glass in a steam vaccuum. So much to learn about vintage jewellery, so little time. For many collectors of Chanel costume jewelry, the time period when the jewelry was sold is as much an issue as its authenticity.Beginning of a dialog window, including tabbed navigation to register an account or sign in to an existing account.Both registration and sign in support using google and facebook accounts. The first issue that needs to be addressed is the difference between antique and costume jewelry.
Please keep in mind while reading this guide that there are exceptions to every rule; that is, there may be authentic Chanel costume jewelry with a signature other than those I describe below.Again and again I'm stunned by people dating vintage pieces with aurora borealis stones as Victorian or Edwardian. Screw earrings are older than clip earrings yet pierced earring with a French Hook can date back to the early 1900's.Christian Dior and Swarovski developed the Aurora Borealis process in 1956 which is paramount to dating pieces. Over the years the Designer's Hallmarks changed and there are some excellent websites showing which signature dates to which time.SIGNATURES 1920s through 1930s: Chanel costume jewelry produced and sold prior to 1939 and before Chanel first closed her boutiques was designed specifically to accompany the various suits, day dresses and evening dresses she sold at that time, and is unsigned.I would like to share some date and value tips on how to invest money in antique jewelry that I have picked up over the years as an antique dealer at Years after Year.