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These dangle earrings are from the 1970s. There is a mark on the back that I have not seen before. Native American maybe? If anyone recognizes it, or knows of a database where I might find it, I'd be very grateful!
Hi JoAnne, These are definitely not Native American earrings. I'm not sure they are from the 1970's either, what is the history of them, or how did you come to that conclusion?
Based on looks alone, I'd guess them to be 1980's or early 1990's. I've not seen that mark before, and I've been selling, (cleaning, repairing, and researching) jewelry for about 20 years. It's not one of the better vintage makers marks. That, I can be fairly certain of. However, in the 1980's there were some interesting start-ups companies, often made in USA, or in Europe and some were of decent quality to. Yours appear to be a heavier base metal with a red enameling on the top side.
Have you tried a basic goggle image search? Try something like "ID earrings mark, cross and circles, enameled drop earrings" or "ID jewelry makers markings, enamel, 1980's" and hit the "images" button. You might get lucky and find your maker. It might be an obscure company that didn't produce a great deal, but was a quality maker, or that maker might have been bought out by another larger company. It's not easy to find jewelry makers markings, but with patience, it's quite possible you'll find either a similar marking, or a similar pair of earrings which may lead you to a maker. Good Luck to you!
Thanks so much for your response. I know they are 1970s vintage because the woman who owned them told me when she bought them. I have done the Google image search and it hasn't brought anything up. I'll keep trying. Thanks again!