Dating antique silver jewelry
In order to be labeled an antique, a piece must be more than 100 years old.Antique jewelry, popular among collectors, is often handmade, making it more valuable than vintage pieces. This 13 inch long silver tool kit from China has some strong design features like the carved silver rectangles in the hanging chain. This is a rather magnificent antique silver bat adorned tool kit. The bat at the top is 1 7/8 inches wide, just the same as the one below. These are beautiful hammered antique silver pieces of lion like dragons. The size can be changed but only gently - perhaps a half size larger or smaller. The terms estate, vintage, and antique are often used interchangeably in the jewelry market, but their differences are important in determining the value of an item.In broad terms, estate jewelry refers to any piece that has been previously owned, regardless of its age.
It is heavily patinated and a few hundred years old.
The pendant from top of lion to bottom of central pendant is 1 1/2 inches tall. This is a good sized bracelet, too large for my 6 inch wrist. This bracelet is similar to the one above but not exactly the same. The opening is 1 inch wide so the wearer's hand has to slip through that. They each have a chakra, a sun sign stamped into them representing the god Vishnu. The butterfly is a little over 1 3/4 inches across and the entire piece is 6 1/2 inches tall. They come from a collection so were originally bought a number of years ago.
The necklace sits very nicely and is very attractive. The oval inside of the bracelet measures 2 5/8 inches by 2 inches across. It measures 2 1/2 inches by 2 1/8 inches on the inside with a 1 inch wide opening. It has used a number of types of workmanship to create a very attractive piece. There is a little more than 20 inches of beads with four patterned beads.
This is a beautiful solid silver bracelet worn by the Wa and the Lawa from the area of the Golden Triangle. There is a bracelet similar to this on page 267 of "A World of Bracelets". These bracelets were made by the Hmong people of Thailand. The bracelet is 3 inches in diameter, and the tallest part is 3/4 inch high. The triangle is engraved beautifully on both sides with the same images.
This piece has very expressive floral designs etched into it. The entire piece is 8 inches long and the triangle is 1 5/8 inches wide. The opening is 1 1/4 inches wide but can be carefully squeezed to be a little narrower and tighter. The one in the central of the preview image is just under 7/8 inch in diameter. The yellow beads on this strand are melons most likely made in China and exported to Indonesia. One has an old chip at one end that you can see on the photo.