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The use of color in gemstones and enamelled jewelry parallels the story of color in architecture and the decorative arts. Its expression in ancient times was vigorous. It became gaudy during the Renaissance and turned solemn during the Victorian era. It was during the Victorian era that jet, made from a particular kind of coal, came into vogue when Queen Victoria, after the death of her consort Albert, declared an extended period of mourning. Other gloomy-colored material used for jewelry was bog oak and gutta percha.
A simple ranking system using a scale Of poor, good, excellent helps the appraiser see what is the worst, mediocre, and best to provide a measure that can easily be interpreted and used to reach the final estimate of value. Enamelling is a quality attribute that may easily be over- or undervalued. There are three kinds of enamelling: transparent, translucent, and opaque. Transparent enamelling reflects the colors used and gives a stained-glass effect; translucent admits partial light to the colored surface; opaque shows surface color only.
All bracelets are from the same company but are not good comparables. USING PRICE GUIDES If one is looking for provenance or background on some antique and period jewelry, often-overlooked sources of records are the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Colonial Dames, and local historical societies. The local city chapters of all the above will generally have archival collections of photographs, letters, and/or documents that may prove vital for circa dating. All of the national offices of the above societies have archives that, upon the proper presentation of a request, are usually willing to share information.