Dates To Remember

One of the most-often-asked questions about antique and period jewelry is its age. Part of the “job description” for someone who studies, buys and/or sells old jewelry is the ability to contextualize a jewel with the period in which it was made. History may not have been your favorite subject in school. But anyone who handles antique and period jewelry has a good reason to remember dates. Knowing when metalworking and manufacturing techniques came about, when patents were issued for jewelry findings and when certain gemstones were discovered can help us to circa-date a piece and, thus, become better at what we do. What follows is a compilation of dates taken from the timeline of my book, Warman’s Jewelry, and from subsequent research about jewelry-related technology from the 19th and 20th centuries. To make this chronology easier to understand and remember, the dates are groupe

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