Silver Jewelry Identification and Value Guide

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    Trifari Jelly Belly Spider Brooch

    Trifari Sterling Silver Spider Pin Clip, c. 1943
    Jay B. Seigel for ChicAntiques.com

    Collectible sterling silver jewelry varies in origin (Mexican, Scandinavian, American, etc.), style and age. From highly collectible Tiffany sterling pieces made just years ago to items dating to the turn of the last century, this guide covers a number of these pieces.

    Dating information is provided when available along with designer information where appropriate. Other details such as the size and weight of pieces are also included in the descriptions if known.

    About the piece shown above:

    This sterling silver jelly belly design was patented in 1943. It is marked Trifari and sterling. Measures 2 inches long. Condition is excellent for this type of 1940s jewelry.​

    Selling price: $669 (Chic Antiques at Ruby Lane: 9/17)

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    Sterling Silver Sultan Face Brooch

    Sterling Silver Sultan Face Brooch with Rhinestones
    Photo by Jay B. Siegel

    This sultan brooch is marked only sterling. It is missing the original earrings, but the overall condition is excellent.

    Selling price: $195 (eBay.com: 5/12)

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    Hobe Sterling Silver Bandora Face Brooch

    Hobe Sterling Silver Bandora Face Brooch
    Photo by Jay B. Siegel

    This marked Hobe Sterling brooch has a carved face simulating Bandora wood. All sterling including chain dangle. The condition is excellent.

    Selling price: $165 (RubyLane.com: 5/12)

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    George Jensen Silver Flower Ring

    George Jensen Sterling Silver Flower Ring
    Morphy Auctions

    This sterling silver ring is marked with the logo of George Jensen. The condition is good. Small ring size: 3 1/2.

    Selling price: $120 (Morphy Auctions: 2/12)

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    Hobe Sterling Silver Blue Flower Bracelet

    Hobe Sterling Silver Blue Bow Brooch
    Jay B. Siegel

    This bracelet is marked, Hobe Sterling. It is set with unfoiled blue rhinestones. The condition is excellent.

    Selling price: $125 (RubyLane.com: 1/12)

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    Hobe Sterling Silver Blue Bow Brooch

    Hobe Sterling Silver Blue Bow Brooch
    Jay B. Siegel

    This marked Hobe Sterling bow brooch is set with unfoiled glass rhinestones. The condition is excellent.

    Selling price: $130 (RubyLane.com: 1/12)

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    Avi Soffer Roman Glass Sterling Silver Earrings

    Avi Soffer Roman Glass Sterling Silver Earrings
    Jay B. Siegel

    These handcrafted earrings by Israeli artist Avi Soffer feature Roman glass pieces set in sterling silver. The condition is excellent.

    Selling price: $75 (RubyLane.com: 1/12)

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    Mexican Silver Aztec Obsidian Mask Cuff Bracelet

    Mexican Sterling Aztec Obsidian Mask Cuff Bracelet
    Jay B. Siegel

    This heavy Mexican sterling bracelet has a finely carved obsidian mask and elaborate silver headdress. Mark indicates it was made in Taxco after 1979 by an unidentified artisan. The centerpiece measures 2 1/4 by 2 1/2 inches long. The condition is excellent.

    Selling price: $209 (RubyLane.com: 8/11)

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    Tiffany Sterling Rope Bracelet

    Tiffany Sterling Rope Bracelet
    Jay B. Siegel

    This is a marked Tiffany sterling silver bracelet in a rope pattern. The condition is very good to excellent.

    Selling price: $316.25 (Morphy Auctions: 2/11)

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    Tiffany Triple Strand Necklace with Hearts

    Tiffany Sterling Triple Strand Necklace with Hearts
    Jay B. Siegel

    This Tiffany sterling silver triple strand necklace features hearts. Its weight is 4.1 troy ounces. The condition is excellent, and it measures 16 inches long.

    Selling price: $431.25 (Morphy Auctions: 2/11)

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    Hobe Sterling Dove and Bow Brooch

    Hobe Dove & Bow Brooch
    Jay B. Siegel

    This signed "Hobe Sterling Design Pat'd." brooch is made of heavy silver with a dove and dangling bow. The condition is excellent, and it measures 3 1/2 inches long.

    Selling price: $168 (RubyLane.com: 2/11)

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    Sterling Jelly Belly Deer Pin

    Sterling Jelly Belly Deer Pin
    Photo by Jay B. Siegel

    This jelly belly deer pin is marked only "Sterling." Jelly Belly pins are perennially popular with collectors and often command very high prices. Since this one is on the small side in size and only marked sterling, it is not quite as desirable as pieces made by Trifari and Coro during the 1940s.

    Value: $110 (RubyLane.com: 10/09)

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    Prieto Mexican Silver Halloween Bracelet

    Prieto Sterling Mexican Silver Halloween Witch Bracelet
    Jay B. Siegel

    Signed "Prieto 925", the links in this bracelet feature Halloween or superstitious motifs: broom, clover, witch on a broom, horseshoe, old crone, number 13, and a ladder. It measures 1 1/4 inches wide and 7 1/4 inches long. It weighs approximately 54 grams. The condition is excellent.

    Selling price: $375 (RubyLane.com: 7/10)

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    Emilia Castillo Mexican Silver Bracelet

    Sterling Mexican Silver Bracelet by Emilia Castillo
    Jay B. Siegel

    This cuff bracelet was designed by Emilia Castillo, the head of the famous Los Castillo silver workshop and daughter of silver masters Don Antonio Castillo and Margot de Taxco. It features intricate tropical foliage and flowers crafted of 950 silver (purer than 925 silver) weighing 5.5 ounces. It retailed at Neiman Marcus in the 1980s and early '90s. It measures approximately 2 inches wide. The condition is excellent.

    Value: $590 (RubyLane.com: 7/10)

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    Diamonbar Sterling Art Deco Buckle Bracelet

    Ca. 1917 Diamonbar Sterling Rhinestone Buckle Bracelet
    Jay B. Siegel

    This Diamonbar bracelet, made by Wachenheimer Brothers, Inc. of Providence, Rhode Island features two rows of sparkling rhinestones set in sterling. It measures 7 inches long. The condition is very good to excellent for this type of piece.

    Selling price: $145 (RubyLane.com: 6/10)

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    Sterling Jewel Tone Rhinestone Brooch

    Sterling Silver Lightning Bolt Brooch
    Jay B. Siegel

    This heavy lightning bolt design dates back to the 1940s, and it's only marked "Sterling." It measures 2 1/2 inches across. In the 1940s, sterling silver was the metal of choice for costume jewelry manufacturer. Most other base metals previously used in jewelry manufacture were being diverted to the war effort.

    Selling price: $135 (RubyLane.com: 2/10)

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    Mexican Silver Parure by Margot de Taxco

    Mexican Silver Parure by Margot de Taxco
    Morphy Auctions

    This includes a lot with a necklace, bracelet, and pair of earrings all stamped "Margot de Taxco 5488 Mexican Silver". The condition is excellent. The necklace measures 14 inches long.

    Selling price: $1,053 (Morphy Auction: 8/09)

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    Hobe Sterling Bracelet With Green Cabochon Stones

    Hobe Sterling Silver Bracelet
    Morphy Auctions

    This is a heavy bracelet with floral décor and opaque green stones. It's signed "Hobe." The condition is excellent. Measures 1 1/4 inches wide x 8 inches long.

    Selling price: $146.25 (Morphy Auctions: 8/09)

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    Sterling Silver Bracelet With Floral Enamel

    Sterling Silver Bracelet with Floral Enamel
    Morphy Auctions

    This sterling silver bracelet with enameling is unmarked. The condition is excellent. It measures 2 1/4 inches in diameter.

    Selling price: $204.75 (Morphy Auctions: 8/09)

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    Hobe Sterling Bandora Asian Man Brooch

    Hobe Sterling Bandora Asian Man Brooch
    Jay B. Siegel

    This brooch from Hobe's Bandora series was made during the 1940s. The condition is excellent.

    Selling price: $250 (Chic Antiques at Ruby Lane: 12/09)

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    Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Bracelet

    Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Bracelet
    Morphy Auctions

    This silver bracelet is marked "Sterling Denmark" and "Georg Jensen." The condition is excellent. It measures 7 inches long.

    Selling price: $1,053.00 (Morphy Auctions: 8/09)

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    Hobe Sterling Tassel Brooch

    Hobe Sterling Tassel Brooch
    Jay B. Siegel

    This articulated brooch is marked "Hobe Sterling." It was made during the 1940s. The condition is excellent.

    Selling price: $125 (Chic Antiques at Ruby Lane: 6/09)