I’ve got another resource guide for you guys today and another wonderful site to add to your bookmarks. If you’re as into costume jewelry as we are, then you’re going to love Illusion Jewels as much as we do!
Illusion Jewels is a website where you can buy all sorts of jewelry, but it’s also a great place to do some research. That’s what I’m going to discuss today, but please take some time and look around the website on your own – they’ve got a lot of wonderful things to offer.
The part of the site that we use most often would have to do with maker’s marks. Here’s what you see as soon as you click on that link:
The best part about this site is that it’s really simple to use and very informative. No fluff here! At the bottom of that image you’ll see a section with all the letters of the alphabet. This is what you’ll click on to find the specific mark that you’re looking for. Say, for instance, you want to look at all the marks that start with “A” – just click the letter, then scroll down and you’ll see this:
This is a list of each maker under that letter, in alphabetical order. Each one has a bold heading with information and pictures underneath. In some cases it’ll tell you which marks go with which dates and there may even be some history there as well.
So, how do we use this site? It’s most helpful when you know what the maker’s mark says. For instance, if it says “Deltah” on it, I need only to click on the letter “D” and ctrl+f the word in order to find it in the list. (That’s the fast way. You can, of course, just scroll down through until you find it since it is alphabetized.) There I will find information about when the company was established, a few pictures of the hang tags that were often used, some info about dates, and even a mini-timeline .
Sometime you can still use the site even if you can’t quite make out the mark. If you know what it starts with, that’s the most important part. They don’t have a search function, unfortunately, so a lot of searching must be done “by hand” (computer mouse?) in order to find what you’re looking for. You can always Google the mark, then come back here for the information once you know who made it.
And that’s about it. Like I said, this is a very simple, but very useful site. It’s taught me a lot about costume jewelry and this is definitely my go-to site. I hope it’s as useful for you as it is for me!
What’s your go-to site for research about costume jewelry?