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V AL 419
by: Anonymous

V for Vendorafa Lombardi is an Italian Jewelry Makers Mark

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Gold ring with V from italy
by: DorrineAnonymous

My ring is 14k and is stamped italy with a v and a circle around the v after it what does that mean

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italian brooch
by: Anonymous


Thank you for your comments. The AL is followed by the numbers 419. So the line reads "AL 419."

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18 k Gold Italian Brooch
by: Yvonne

Good Morning!
Thank you for your question.
The numbers "750" I think is more likely to be the millesimal value for 18 carat. It's not all that uncommon to see both forms of purity mark. It could have been marked 18 k for the benefit of the tourist market.

I' m leaning towards a vintage Italian brooch, mid 20th century, please advise if this is a vintage brooch, (if you know) the letters - AL - the Provence abbreviation for Allesandria and in which Italian province, the mark was registered. The marks you cannot see clearly, use a hand lens if you can, if they are numbers these will be the identification number of the Italian smith. I am not sure about the marks that appear to be similiar to roman numerals, ithey could denote the year of registration but not sure. Other opinions most welcome...

If you could get back to us with an approximation of the age, and any other background information that might be relevant ie. how did you acquire it?

Warm Wishes
Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre

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Italian Brooch V with dots
by: Anonymous

The V with the dots are the goldsmith or makers mark, the 18k is the gold assay mark. The 750 could be the shape of the setting if it is a commercially produced item for a jewellery store, many gold jewellers designate mold numbers to ensure that the correct stones are put in the matching setting or marked with the correct retailers marks. As for the initials, without knowing what they all are, we have no way of knowing that. That may be the mark of the store which sells them.

For example, in Canada a gold brooch could bear the makers mark plus the name Birks, the fine jewellery store which carried that makers products. I know this reply is not as precise as you may have hoped, but there are so many hudreds of thousands of goldsmiths and small jewellers, that not all are registered.

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