Since the times of the pharaohs, silver and gold have been used at the highest grades here in Egypt.
Also, I'd be grateful for suggestions on how to research a German mark in the future.
Is there any distinction in dating between pieces marked "Kaija Aarikka, Finland" and "Aarikka, Made in Finland"?
On the back it is marked STERLING and HAND MADE all uppercase block letters (about 1mm tall).
I understand Aarikka made pieces in both Sterling and silverplate.
Britain would not accept any standard below 925 as silver.
Scandinavian countries used 830s silver like Denmark moved to using 925 silver in 1927 however even though a higher grade of silver was used by most jewellers in Scandinavia, they stuck to stamping there jewellery 830s as they did not have to pay a tariff to the assaying office for the change over to 925Providence RI, which is the listing ABOVE the mark on page 57 of Rainwater.
Rainwater can be confusing, but just remember that the marks always follow the names and info in that book.
You can find this info on page 38 of Maryanne Dolan's Collecting Rhinestones & Colored Jewelry, 3rd edition, where the info is UNDER the mark.
H is the first letter of the Finnish word for silver, Hopea, and '916H' is a Finnish designation for .935 silver, see Warman's Jewelry 2nd Edition, 'Marks on Metals' for a concise listing of many silver fineness marks.'Tardy's International Hallmarks on Silver' is a great resource, and also includes the above info, and much much more, including information about the hallmarks used in Malta from about 1530 onwards.
Both of the above volumes can be found available for sale online or at quality booksellers.
Hi Sande-- I'm a silversmith here in the US and often work in Ag .980 I know many people that do as well.(I believe) it is 1970 Finnish, from the town of Turku, but wasn't able to come up with an artist.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating