Looking for dramatic design? How about quality construction and materials? BOUCHER (pronounced BOO SHAY) jewelry is the way to go. Marcel Boucher is one of my favorite jewelry designers. He came to the United States from Paris to work with Cartier making fine jewelry in around 1920. He left Cartier to work with the Mazer Brothers and then in 1937 opened his own business.
Boucher jewelry often has layered 3-D construction with intricate patterns and designs. It was made with quality stones and materials which have maintained their integrity making Boucher extremely collectible. It can be found in the secondary marketplace and usually priced medium to high.
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DATING BOUCHER JEWELRY
Dating Boucher can seem easy since most items have inventory numbers on them. But this isn't foolproof because many styles have had multiple production runs. Looking at the hallmarks can be helpful.
Early pieces are marked Marboux or Boucher in a cartouche. From 1942 to 1944 pieces were marked MB Sterling. Pieces made during the period during 1944 and 1949 often included the Phrygian Cap mark. From 1950 to about 1955, pieces were simply marked Boucher or sometimes Marcel Boucher. The copyright symbol appears on pieces dating after 1955.
LISTS AND CHARTSHALLMARKS
- Marboux - 1937 -
- MB Sterling - 1942 to 1944
- Phrygian Cap - registered in 1944 used till 1949
- Boucher - 1950 to 1955
- Boucher © - 1955 to 1971
- 2300 - 2350 from 1945
- 2351 - 2450 from 1946
- 2450 - 2550 from 1947
- 2550 - 2750 from 1948
- 2750 - c.3000 from1949
- 3000 - c.3500 from 1950
- marks with the copyright symbol are after 1955
This youtube video from VanishingVintage is worth a look:
To see what Boucher pieces are available at World of Eccentricity & Charm, just click here.
To see more examples, visit my Boucher Pinterest board by clicking here.
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