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Mizpah jewelry was popular during the Victorian era. You can read about the meaning of Mizpah Here. Without more information and a clear photograph, it's really almost impossible to research a maker. Especially if there are no other markings or clues. The initials could even be engraved and the initials of the person who previously wore the mizpah jewellery. The conflicting jeweler's accounts of the metal content of the ring could mean it is actually gold over brass. Electroplating was first used in the 1840s, so if the ring is gold plated, the ring would be dated after that year.
Gold plated pieces can often be detected by close examination of the places that get the most wear, deeply engraved or a monogramed area. Wear points are usually easy to detect.
Digital gold testing equipment can be purchased over the internet although many collectors prefer to test metals using an acid testing kit. The kit is contained in a wooden box and comes complete with a touch stone.
Mizpah Jewellery was popular in the 1880's at the beginning of the Boer War. Thank you for writing to us. best regardsYvonne Hammouda-EyreIf you would like to join the Antique Jewelry Investor community and stay up to date with all the latest Antique jewelry news click here....
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