Thursday 23 June 2011

Signatures that appear on jewellery update

Recent updates to Jewels and Finery have resulted in a new category - signed jewellery. So I thought I would write this blog to explore what a signature on vintage jewellery means. It is certainly useful for dating and recognizing the jewellery's origin. The signature can be of several different meanings: designer, brand, country of origin, pat pending, company...

Jewellery may have the designer's name on a plaque (on the back) or etched on and allso other information.

Brand signed vintage jewellery is very common. Exquisite is a brand from the company W A P Watson and so is Corocraft and Jewelcraft both from the company Coro.

Country of Origin
Often a piece of jewellery will have a signature that refers to the country of origin. Useful if that country does no longer exist as this will help with dating. Common ones found are W. Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, China, England, Japan, Czechoslovakia,

Pat Pending
Seen on jewellery that is usually pre dating 1955 as after this date the © came into use. May have a number which can be traced and used in dating.


Many companies will have also sign their jewellery, unfortunately many modern companies do not. Avon sometimes will but mostly does not now. Marks and Spencer does nearly all the time still. Miracle nearly always did with a few exceptions. Sphinx used a mixture of signatures and 4 digit numbers. Ciro Pearls used the name Ciro or CP. However when the company was taken over in the late twentieth century the newer jewellery remained unsigned and just boxed.

Now for a question is this vintage brooch signed Sarah Coventry - is it a brand or company?

Just follow the links to see the signatures and backs to each piece of jewellery.Answer to the Sarah Coventry question will be posted in the comments shortly.


  1. I've read your very interesting vintage jewellery information and wonder if I could ask a question. Do you know by any chance about the company 'BJL' who made lots of marcasite and cold painted enamel jewellery in the 1950s. An English company probably based in Birmingham but what does the BJL' stand for. Been trying to find out for ages .

  2. Unfortunately I don't have the answer. This I would like to know. Will have to keep researching and looking for the answer to this one. So anyone know who the company who signed their range of BLJ was?

    They also did many other designs as well as the marcasite and enamel ones.

  3. Sarah Coventry was a company.


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I preserve the past. Researching family and local history. Finding about mine and other people's ancestors, is just one of my passions. I also love vintage costume jewellery made here in the UK. I write about my finds and like to research.