The reigns of George I, II, III, IV, and William IV lasted from 1714 to 1837.
The Georgian period covered the reigns of five English kings, four named George and one William.
Looking at the clasp can often give a very good indication of when the piece was made.
Brooches in particular can be fairly easy to date as the type of clasp used generally indicates the era in whcih it was made.
Vintage Clasp Samples Card Box Clasps aka Tab Insert Clasps aka Tongue and Groove Clasps Decorative box clasps can add so much to a necklace, especially if your hair is short or in an up-do.
Hattie Carnegie necklace, the clasp is a focal point Hattie Carnegie Miriam Haskell, the clasp is a focal point at the front of the necklace Miriam Haskell bracelet, the clasp is a huge focal point Hook clasps are often stamped with country of origin or designer's name Wide Hook Clasp on Silver Bracelet from Mexico Fold-Over Clasps snap shut for added security Spring Ring Clasps work with a tension mechanism is pulled back to open and released to close This Napier spring ring clasp has a bar running across the inside with the Napier hallmark stamped on it Spring ring clasp marked gold filled The patented Miriam Haskell clasp is a type of spring ring clasp Lobster Claw Clasps are variations of Spring Ring Clasps Smaller lobster claws, with round levers date to the 1970s and the larger ones with the flat levers are newer Toggle Clasps are simple designs; the bar fits into the ring and piece closes Sister Clasps work by threading both parts over a jump ring Pin Clasps aka Pin & Groove Clasps aka Slide Clasps Pin Clasps work with a bar that slides into grooves on both sides of the jewelry Barrel clasps are sometimes called Torpedo Clasps, they are barrel shaped when screwed close Found in ancient jewelry; rarely seen today Fish Hook Clasps or Box and Hook Clasps can be confusing.
Historical events in France, Germany, and Italy also influenced Georgian jewelry motifs and designs.
Jewelers handcrafted all the jewelry of this period with incredibly labor-intensive processes.
The modern version is fitted with a Crownclasp, making the entire item look less like a traditional watch band and more like a piece of fine jewelry.
Georgian period jewelers often melted down what they considered out-of-date pieces in order to make newer pieces reflecting current trends.
Since gold assaying wasn’t enforced until the 1900s, you won’t find authentic Georgian jewelry with stamps. These marks indicate the firm responsible for producing the jewelry. Georgian period jewelers often set gemstones in closed back settings.
The pin extended just slightly over the edge and had no holding or locking mechanism.
C clasps were also very popular throughout the Victorian era.