By Danielle Olivia Tefft, Jewelry Writer
Have you ever come across a piece of jewelry with a maker’s mark that you just can’t seem to find in any reference book or source? The mark of Marsala, a jewelry manufacturer in Ohio, might just be one of those puzzling marks.
The original Marsala Company mark looks like “C W” upside down. That’s because when properly oriented, it consists of an “M” with a backwards “C” next to it. Often, the “C” looks like a cursive writing flourish or tail on the “M” when the letters are close together.
Marsala is a Columbus, Ohio based jewelry manufacturer that has been in business since 1987. They manufacture both costume and fine jewelry. The mark with the tail on the “M” was in use apparently until 2009. In 2009, the “M” and the “C” are clearly separated. Presumably, the mark stands for Marsala Company or Marsala Columbus.
Before I uncovered this information, I spent countless hours searching for an elusive manufacturer with the mark of “CW”. I am writing this article so that you don’t waste time doing the same! Below are photos of the sterling silver and marcasite ring mark that started my quest (The face of the ring is shown in the first photo of this post in a gift box.):
Speaking of marcasite, did you know that it is really iron pyrite? You can read all about it in a past blog article here.
Also, Masala used a lot of marcasite (iron pyrite), especially in their antique style designs from the 1980s and 1990s. So don’t be fooled into thinking that you have an earlier piece from say, the 1920s or 1930s, if it has the Marsala mark.
Do you own a piece of Marsala jewelry? Vintage or new, please tell us about it in the comments section! Also, be sure to subscribe to this blog if you love jewelry like we do. You’ll get free access to my helpful jewelry reference library for subscribers!
Danielle Olivia Tefft is a professional writer with a lifelong passion for gems and jewelry. She is a GIA accredited jewelry professional and is the owner of online antique and vintage jewelry shop, Treasure Box Antiques; for many years at Ruby Lane and now at Etsy. When she is not writing, she spends time in the garden, spoiling her cats and traveling with her significant other. Would you like to advertise on her website or this blog? Visit danielleoliviatefftwrites.com for clips, terms, her media kit and more information.
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