Hallmarking in Great Britain has had a long history dating back to the 14th century and today’s standards are regulated by the Hallmarking Act of 1973.
Any British jewelry made prior to 1999 were required to include a date letter stamp, a letter corresponding to the year that it was registered with the assay office.
Often overlooked due to their minuscule size, the etchings hidden within jewelry are a window into the “who, what, and where” of the object— and are well worth a serious look.
From contemporary pieces to antiques, jewelry hallmarks are typically found on gold and silver jewelry.
With antique and vintage pieces, French brand Cartier had to adhere to several guidelines set forth by the French government.
Present-day Cartier jewelry is always engraved with the Cartier logo, along with a serial number specific to that piece only.
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If jewelry is marked with “Vermeil,” it is a piece of sterling silver topped off with gold plating.When considering platinum jewelry, the purity mark “950” denotes a composition of 95 percent platinum with a mix of other metal alloys, while “900” is made up of 90 percent platinum, and “850” has 85 percent platinum.Maker’s marks may include logos, trademarks, company names, and designer signatures to specify who made the jewelry.To be considered an antique, a piece of jewelry must be 100 years or older, while a vintage piece must be 20 years or older.Retro jewelry refers to pieces made during the 1940s and 1950s and are characterized by the use of large and colorful gemstones.