Q: This mark is on a cloak clasp that has a single amethyst on it. It was stolen from me, along with some other items. I have attempted to research it myself, but I know very little about it and the police are getting impatient. Can you tell me anything about the maker and age?
A: It’s hard to read the letters in the mark but we were able to decipher it and found it says “GNS&CO.” It’s one of several marks used by George N. Steere & Company of Providence, Rhode Island. The company was in business from 1906 to 1911 and made art nouveau jewelry decorated with colored glass and foil-backed stones. At least three different marks were used. Not all pieces were marked. It’s costume jewelry made of inexpensive materials even if it looks like gold. A similar scarf pin sold online recently for $250.