Dating chanel jewelry
Chanel started placing serial numbers in their handbags in 1986.
Although the way the stickers appear have changed over the years, Chanel has continued using the serial numbers to this day.
Specializing in rarer Chanel pieces and pre-1980s examples, has led to the acquisition of a myriad of signature examples and early Gripoix archives.
Vintage jewelry from other countries may have European purity marks, such as “585” for 14K gold and “750” for 18K gold, as shown in the photo below.
Vintage costume jewelry usually doesn’t have purity marks, but will often have a maker’s mark (commonly called the signature), and can sometimes have a retailer mark and/or patent or inventory marks.
I often get requests from people asking for help with vintage jewelry they’ve acquired.
Because it’s not possible to have a comprehensive discussion of how to identify and date vintage jewelry in a single article, this article is the first in a series, and will specifically address vintage jewelry marks.