The hook and box clasp (also called “fish hook” clasp) was commonly used on pearl necklaces or necklaces with gemstone beads.Often oval shaped, the long hook was inserted and locked into place.It had two scissor-like hooks that opened in the middle, then overlapped each other when closed. Monet had a patented, rounded sister clasp used in its jewelry in the 1950s and 1960s.As with bracelets, commonly used vintage necklace clasps include ring clasps, foldover clasps, and box clasps.You can read the other articles in this series here: Part 1: Vintage Jewelry Marks: Help for Dating Your Vintage Jewelry Part 2: Silver Jewelry Marks: Learn to Identify and Date Silver Jewelry Part 3: Vintage Jewelry Patents: Find and Use them to Date Vintage Jewelry So let’s get started learning about vintage jewelry hardware.The earliest type of brooch clasp is a simple hook, also known as the C-clasp, since the hook is shaped like the letter “C.” It was used well into the 1930s.Foldover clasps were used on both bracelets and necklaces.These could be either narrow or wide, depending on the width of the pieces.
Barrel clasps were quite popular, and are still used today, so it’s important to note the age of the clasp.
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Hinged, or “leverback” ear wires have been in use since the 1880s, and are still quite popular today.
Up until the 1890s all earrings were made for pierced ears.Older pieces will show some darkening of the metal, looking more like brass.