Silver Jewelry Identification and Value Guide

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    Trifari Jelly Belly Spider Brooch

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

    Collectible sterling silver jewelry varies in origin (Mexican, Scandivanvian, 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 is 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" 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
    Ca. 1940s 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 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
    Ca. 1940s 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. 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
    George Jensen Sterling Silver Flower Ring. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Sterling silver ring marked with logo of George Jensen. 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
    Ca. 1940s Hobe Sterling Silver Blue Flower Bracelet. Photo by Jay B. Siegel

    This bracelet is marked Hobe Sterling. It is set with unfoiled blue rhinestones. 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
    Ca. 1940s Hobe Sterling Silver Blue Bow Brooch. Photo by Jay B. Siegel

    This marked Hobe Sterling bow brooch is set with unfoiled glass rhinestones. 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
    Ca. 1990s Avi Soffer Roman Glass Sterling Silver Earrings. Photo by Jay B. Siegel

    These handcrafted earrings by Israeli artist Avi Soffer feature Roman glass pieces set in sterling silver. 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
    Mexican Sterling Aztec Obsidian Mask Cuff Bracelet. Photo by 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. Centerpiece measures 2 1/4" by 2 1/2" long. Condition is excellent.

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

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    Tiffany Sterling Rope Bracelet

    Tiffany Sterling Rope Bracelet
    Tiffany Sterling Rope Bracelet. - Jay B. Siegel

    Marked Tiffany sterling silver bracelet in rope pattern. 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
    Tiffany Sterling Triple Strand Necklace with Hearts. - Jay B. Siegel

    Tiffany sterling silver triple strand necklace with hearts. Weight: 4.1 troy ounces. Condition is excellent. Measures 16" long.

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

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    Hobe Sterling Dove and Bow Brooch

    Hobe Dove & Bow Brooch
    Ca. 1940s Hobe Dove & Bow Brooch. - Jay B. Siegel

    Signed "Hobe Sterling Design Pat'd." brooch made of heavy silver with dove and dangling bow. Condition is excellent. Measures 3 1/2" long.

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

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    Sterling Jelly Belly Deer Pin

    Sterling Jelly Belly Deer Pin
    Ca. 1940s 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
    Ca. 1930s Prieto Silver Halloween Witch Bracelet. - Jay B. Siegel

    Signed "Prieto 925", the links in this bracelet feature Halloween or superstitious motifs: broom, clover, witch on broom, horseshoe, old crone, number 13, and a ladder. Measures 1 1/4" wide and 7 1/4" long. Weighs approximately 54 grams. 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
    Ca. 1980s Sterling Mexican Silver Bracelet by Emilia Castillo. - Jay B. Siegel

    This cuff bracelet was designed by Emilia Castillo, current head of the famous Los Castillo silver workshop and daughter of silver masters Don Antonio Castillo & Margot de Taxco. It features intricate tropical foliage and flowers crafted of 950 silver (more pure than 925 silver) weighing 5.5 ounces. Retailed at Neiman Marcus in the 1980s and early '90s. Measures approximately 2" wide. 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. Measures 7" long. Condition is very good to excellent for this type of piece.

    Selling price: $145 (Ruby Lane - 6/10)

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    Sterling Jewel Tone Rhinestone Brooch

    Sterling Silver Lightning Bolt Brooch. - Jay B. Siegel

    This heavy lightning bolt design dating to the 1940s. Only marked "Sterling." Measures 2 1/2" across. In the 1940s, sterling silver was the metal of choice for costume jewelry manufacture. Most other base metals previously used in jewelry manufacture were being diverted to the war effort.

    Selling price: $135 (Ruby Lane - 2/10) 

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    Mexican Silver Parure by Margot de Taxco

    Mexican Silver Parure by Margot de Taxco. - Morphy Auctions

    Lot including necklace, bracelet, and pair of earrings all stamped "Margot de Taxco 5488 Mexican Silver". Condition is excellent. Necklace measures 14" long.

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

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    Hobe Sterling Bracelet with Green Cabochon Stones

    Hobe Sterling Silver Bracelet. - Morphy Auctions

    Heavy bracelet with floral décor and opaque green stones. Signed "Hobe". Condition is excellent. Measures 1 1/4" wide x 8" 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. Condition is excellent. Measures 2 1/4" 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. 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

    Silver bracelet marked "Sterling Denmark" and "Georg Jensen". Condition is excellent. Measures 7" 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

    Articulated brooch marked "Hobe Sterling." Made during the 1940s. Condition is excellent.

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

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