Vintage signed Nina Ricci for Avon (NR) Pink Navette Cats Eye Glass and Rhinestone Gold Tone Necklace.
NR” stands for a production line, not an artist. Nancy & Rise also has an oval NR tag.
are NOT designer initials as many have attributed online. This quote straight from Avon: “The initials on some of our jewelry are an internal company code for our jewelry in manufacture. This identifies the supplier who made the jewelry for us.
We recommend taking the piece to a jeweler for testing. They will conduct professional tests that will determine if your jewelry is genuine, as well as the purity of the metal itself. A certified appraiser can also declare the value of the piece.
AVON is one of the largest and oldest jewelery companies. Since the 1960s, it manufactured large types of jewelry such as pendants, stones, rings, earrings, necklaces and brooches (perfume storage accessories). All of this has value in today’s market.
The first thing to look for when trying to determine if a piece of jewelry is genuine or not is a karat mark on the gold. The most common karat hallmark on jewelry is 14 karat to indicate that it is 14 karat gold. 10,000, 18,000 and 22,000 are also stamps to look out for.
Test gold with the float test
Take a cup or glass, fill it with water and bring the gold you want to test. Drop it into this filled glass. If the gold floats it’s certainly not real, but if the gold sinks to the bottom of the glass then it’s pure gold. The real gold will sink as it is a heavy metal.
Genuine Avon sterling silver jewelry is marked . 925, indicating high quality. If you are looking for cheap sterling silver jewelry, Avon has the best deals…
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Again, SP (silver plating), EPNS (electroplated German silver), and German silver contain little or no real silver and are more characteristic of costume than fine jewelry.
The term “vintage” has a broad definition in fashion and jewelry. In general items must be at least 20 years old to be considered vintage. However, since jewelry eras tend to last longer and evolve more slowly than other trends in fashion, decoration and style, most vintage pieces are typically at least 50 years old.
Look for a letter mark
If the jewelry has the letters GP, GF or GEP embossed on it, this indicates that it is not made of real gold. GP means it is gold plated, GF means it is gold filled and GEP means it is gold electroplated.
If you’re looking to resell your gold plated jewelry and want to know if it’s worth anything, the truth is that gold plated jewelry isn’t worth much. This is because the gold plating or layer on the outside of the item is so thin that there are only a few microns of gold in the plating.
Our earrings feature studs or earwires made from surgical grade titanium with an anti-tarnish coating that won’t corrode.
You can tell if a diamond is genuine with a flashlight if the diamond is observed to successfully separate light into spectral colors, which the counterfeit comparative stone does not.
What to do: Hold the magnet on the gold. If it’s real gold, it won’t stick to the magnet. (Fun fact: Real gold isn’t magnetic.) Fake gold, on the other hand, sticks to the magnet.
Check the hallmark
There are also hallmarks that can indicate where the item was made (referred to as the maker’s mark), the office where the metal was tested, the year and the designer. You can find these hallmarks in a variety of places. Common locations are inside a ring or a pendant on a necklace clasp.
Heat your gold jewelry with the lighter.
Apply the flame to the jewelry for about a minute or 60 seconds. Watch it closely for color changes. Fake gold gets darker, while pure gold does the opposite: it gets lighter the hotter it gets.