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Striking Marks on Earrings
by: Anonymous

the letter F is the makers mark, the jewellery manufacturer that made your earrings. It may or may not be their initial. Your antique earrings sound beautiful and I would have liked to see a photo;-(
im guessing they are closed back earrings and the mother-of-pearl is inlaid into the rose gold and this is where you can see the mark?

Noone can guess who the maker is without seeing a photo as there are many letter marks including F denoting jewellery manufacturers over the centuries as you can well imagine.


Generally the placement of a hallmark is not just anywhere. Some countries are really fussy when it comes to WHERE a hallmark is to be struck. France and Russia are really fussy.


The position of the strike is determined by the type of item, its size, metal thickness, secondary components, solder joints, individual links, etc.

Being earrrings are a small size, it would not have needed a lot of descision making skills on the part of the assayer to decide where to strike the mark.

Good Luck
Anne

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