Resources for Antique & Vintage Sterling Silver Jewelry Lovers
As you enjoy and acquire vintage and antique sterling silver jewelry, you probably want to know more about the artisan or era of production. One of the best sites to learn is Researching Costume Jewelry by Illusion Jewels. This site is maintained by Dorothea Stringfield, a valuable resource.
Run across an antique sterling silver jewelry item with a patent number?
JewelryPatents.com is a research site for vintage jewelry patents. Started in 2004 by James Katz, and now managed by Pretty Snazzy Jewelry & Supplies, JewelryPatents.com continues to expand and add new resources and avenues of research including vintage jewelry photographs and advertisements.
One of the largest collections of hallmarks and maker’s marks for sterling silver jewelry is the
Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers’ Marks – This extensive internet resource is invaluable for research of silver hallmarks & maker’s marks. Thousands of images of American & World silver marks and hallmarks.
Giorgio B., owner of www.silvercollection.it has created-A Small Collection of Antique Silver and Objects of vertu”, a 1000 page widely illustrated website offering all you wish to know about antique silver, sterling silver, silverplate, sheffield plate, electroplate silver, silverware, flatware, tea services and tea complements, marks and hallmarks, articles, books, auction catalogs, famous silversmiths (Tiffany, Gorham, Jensen, Elkington), history, oddities … While you’re on his site you can find marks from makers all over the globe. If you’re located in the US, you will be most likely interested in- AMERICAN STERLING SILVER MARKS
Are you a Southwestern or Native American jewelry lover? Alain has done a tremendous amount of research at Indian Native American Jewelry Artists & South West Shop Hallmarks. Beautiful photography.
Modern Silver Magazine is the place for interesting articles and information on collectible silver. Spending time on this website will increase your knowledge of quality jewelry and craftsmen.
Interested in sterling silver spoons? Found one that you think is rare? See photos of over 4000 collector items at: Spoon Planet.
Chicago Silver has stated: Our goal is to include every important online source of silver, gold, and jewelry marks on this list. Once you look at : Master List of Online Silver and Jewelry Marks, you will think they’ve done a great job.
Elaine Kula has put a lot of work into her site- Antiquingonline- The Jewelry Box. Not only does she list companies and designers that make sterling silver jewelry, there are links to the books that she used for reference.
If you collect sterling silver jewelry from Mexico– you will want to learn about William Spratling. The late Phyllis Goddard spent over 30 years collecting and writing about this famous designer. Her website is dedicated to Spratling silver, providing an invaluable reference for Spratling hallmarks, dating a particular piece, and verifying authenticity of Spratling silver jewelry.
Marbeth Schon is well known at “the expert” on Modernist jewelry. In fact, she wrote two books on the subject. Her website has tons of information as well as some beautiful items for sale.
Have you found a beautiful sterling silver jewelry piece that you know is valuable, but just can’t prove it?? You can have it identified and appraised at Marks4Antiques or at Kovels Antiques. This is not free but can save you a lot of time and effort– and you have the confidence of knowing it was confirmed by an expert.
Do you have some antique jewelry that is really valuable? Take a look at Antique Jewelry Investor Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre is a Jewelry Consultant, founder and publishing editor of Antique Jewelry Investor. She advises businesses, organizations, collectors and individuals, how to buy and sell Antique Jewelry, Period & Modern Estate Jewelry and Pearls, to build investment worthy collections, through sustainable relationships with nature and luxury commodities, which deliver incredible value.