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Forearmed with the basic jewelry era parameters on the item under investigation helps to target further search efforts.
First and foremost it is important to classify the function of the jewelry item. are essentially done in the same manner, but since some designers, manufacturers and retailers specialized in certain types of jewelry it is important to acknowledge the item's function.
The images are usually arranged by subject matter: Faces, Birds, Animals, Insects, Geometric Shapes, Numbers, Letters, Crowns, Shields, Stars, etc.
Web-sites devoted to researching jewelry marks may also be organized by image, but not always.
Locating a match for a maker's mark is much more intimidating.
Knowing the time period and region of manufacture (i.e.
Once you have a close match for your mark with an image in the index, you can proceed to the page indicated to refine your search.
The main body of most hallmark reference books will be arranged by country.
Once marks have been located and the piece has been established to be fine jewelry (not costume,) and the questions of what and when have been answered, reference materials can be targeted for researching the marks.Checking to see if the piece has been fundamentally altered is also important.Basic repairs, such as resizings and pinstem replacements may be found, and while these don't fundamentally change the purpose of the item, they may alter or remove important details.Examine thoroughly, going over the whole piece more than once, turning it to examine every nook and cranny.When working from a photograph, the image must be of good quality and size and the other details about the piece (including a picture of the front of the item) are usually required.
Books specifically listing hallmarks are usually organized by country and further by time period within the country.