Stamp on Vintage Engagement Ring

by Trish L.
(Philadelphia,PA)

vintage ring

vintage ring

vintage ring
makers mark on ring
inside of ring

Two years ago my husband said I could get an anniversary ring…..and I found the most BEAUTIFUL ring at a thrift store of all places (they found it wrapped in tissue in a suitcase at the bottom of their donation dumpster - they gave it to the police dept bc it was clearly an accident but after 6 months the police dept gave it back to them).

I took it to a jeweler just to make sure it was real - it was $1800, and he said it was and that I was getting a deal of a lifetime, but he also charges $200 for an appraisal...it took my husband the 5 years to save up that money...I can't really afford that and he wouldn't tell me a limit on hours!

There is a maker’s mark inside the ring...for the last 2 years I have been trying to identify it. I email EVERYONE (whom it could possibly be) and I have never heard back from anyone.

Can you please help me? If not it’s okay...I just want to know, have you ever heard of the mark "JD" inside of a diamond? There are also the initials D and M flanking the diamond...but I always assumed that was the original owner’s initials (maybe I shouldn't be assuming that though!). It’s clearly a custom made ring. I have never seen a ring with an underside shank like that...

I truly love this ring. I really have no interest in getting it appraised for insurance purposes or anything along those lines, because it is NEVER LEAVING MY FINGER! Except for when I took these pix of course :) ! But, there is apparently some history to this ring and I would like to learn it if I could! Thank you,
Trish L


Hi Trish,

Wow – that is really a stunning ring, congratulations on the find!

Regarding discovering out more about the ring, here are few clues about the ring which possibly reveal a bit about its history.

Starting with the style of the ring – the style looks very much like the Retro sunburst style which was very popular for cocktail rings throughout the 1950s. This style, which often featured a prominent use of baguette diamonds, lasted all the way through the 1970s – so to place a tentative date on the ring’s creation I would say it may have been crafted any time between the 1950s and 1970s.



The 14k stamp on the ring too suggests that the ring was made in the United States. If the ring had been crafted in Europe, the stamp would have most likely been 14ct and been accompanied by an assay hallmark office stamp.

And concerning the other stamp on the ring, the JD inside of the diamond shape is definitely a maker’s mark. The D and M on either side could be the initials of the owner of the ring or the initials of a couple – but they seem to be placed awfully close to the maker’s mark. I’m wondering if perhaps the D and M is part of the maker’s mark – or if perhaps the JD and diamond mark was the mark of a particular company or small handcraft jewelry boutique and DM worked there…and crafted this particular ring? These are all possibilities.

How to find out who exactly JD is?

This is where things can get complicated. The problem is that there is no one place where people can go to look up maker’s marks on jewelry pieces. No national database or registrar for maker’s marks exist – and to complicate matters jewelers are not legally required to register their mark anywhere either.

However, because this mark is so unique – and has the initials inside a specific shape – I think you may have a little bit more luck on finding out who JD is because I have a feeling that this mark has been registered. But it may take time to find out this information.

Your best bet is to start with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. There are literally hundreds of thousands of trademarks registered here, but you can use the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) to hunt through the trademarks. To really get a good search and refine the possibilities down to (hopefully) a few hundred, watch the instructional video on how to use the TESS search database.

Because there is a question about whether the DM is included in the maker’s mark, it might be best to start your search with JD inside the diamond – and if you do not find anything then include the DM on either side to see if something comes up.
Again, this is going to take time – but in the end you may be able to find JD through the U.S. Trademark Office.

Alternatively you could pay a jeweler to investigate this information for you, but this alternative can cost upwards of a few hundred dollars or more depending on how long it takes to find the origin of the maker’s mark – and in the end the person you pay to find the mark may not be able to find it (but will still need to be paid for the research hours).

You can also show the ring to different jewelers here and there as opportunities crop up – you never know, someone may know who this mark belongs to. There are also books which contain lists of maker's marks for antique and vintage items which you may be able to find at your local library.

I wish I could offer more specific information, and I did perform a few searches to try to narrow down the JD mark, but I started to go down a research rabbit hole!

One last thing. An appraiser will not be able to offer the information about the maker’s mark either – unless paid to do the extra research. The appraisal will just include information on the ring’s metal content, diamond carat weight, cut, color and clarity info, a description of the ring and the estimated value of the ring. It is expensive to have a ring appraised – but it is a good idea for insurance purposes. If you do decide to have the ring appraised, try to stick with an appraiser who has been certified through the American Gem Society. You can find an AGS appraiser in your location through the AGS website.

I hope this information helps some, and do write back if you ever find anything more about it – we’d love to hear an update. And thanks for sharing pics of your gorgeous ring!!!!

Suzanne Gardner
Everything Wedding Rings

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Same makers mark
by: Anonymous

I stumbled upon your post while trying to identify the exact same mark inside a lovely 10K gold bracelet. The D and M are on this as well so it's got to be a makers mark of some kind. I'll check back if I find anymore information.

Thank-you!!! It would be nice to solve this one! : )
- Suzanne, Everything Wedding Rings

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THE JD TRADEMARK
by: mona

its really funny that I too have a ring circa 1950 it is an emerald diamond dinner ring and has the JD mark which I have been trying to find out who the trademark belongs to.

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The mark strikes again!
by: robert

came across a very interesting yet beautiful ring today with the very same mark. In Kansas. Has anyone figured this one yet?

- Hi Robert, as of yet we have not been able to track down the elusive JD mark, but we are still looking. Because of the amount of people who are seeing the same mark, we are now looking into small designer companies and jewelry boutiques who may be responsible for the mark. We will be sure to post as soon as possible if we finally track down JD!...Suzanne - Everything Wedding Rings

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JB ring mark instead of JD?
by: Anonymous

Is it possible that the D in the "JD" is actually a B like "JB"? Because I also have a ring with the same markings.

- It is certainly possible! Sometimes the details in ring marking letters fade with time and letters can be misinterpreted. We are still researching this mark - but will check-out a possible "B" in the mark too! And if anyone who has a ring with this mark could double-check too and see if the "D" could be a "B" that would help too!

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jewelrs mark
by: Anonymous

I also have a ring stamped 14 k and d m with diamond in the middle with a j&b on inside I was searching to find if this ring is real and came upon this article not sure of.the maker but beautiful ring!!!!

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Maker mark
by: Peachy

Just bought vintage 1990 diamond bracelet with JB inside diamond and DM flanking the diamond. Also looking.
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Hi Peachy - amazing how many comments we are getting about this mark. We are continuing to research - and will send in an update as soon as we find out anything more about a JB or JD maker's mark. The added info about the DM flanking the diamond can definitely help us to zero in on our search. Thanks for commenting - and do send in an update if you find out anything more about the ring!
-Suzanne, Everything Wedding Rings

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Pendant with same marks
by: Anonymous

I bought a 10K white gold diamond swirl pendant in a yard sale treasure box yesterday. Has the same JB in a diamond shape flanked by DM on either side.

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1ct. Diamond Pendant With Same Marks
by: Jamie

Hello to all! I just started researching my diamond pendant markings and came across your crusade! My pendant's mark is D- diamond w/JB -M. I found it quite odd to be 10k and have 3 such nice quality diamonds. Usually 14k is preferred for finer items. I am anxiously awaiting to find out who made my pendant and maybe when it was made! Will keep watching.
Thanks to all
Jamie

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Me too!
by: Kelly

Hi Guys,

Not sure how old this thread is but I also just wanted to say that I got a second-hand engagement ring that has the exact same mark inside of it! It's a 10K ring with two bands of small diamonds surrounding 5 medium-sized diamonds in the middle. It's really beautiful and I've been wondering who/where it's from... let's hope eventually someone can figure it out!

Mine is a JB in a diamond shape with D & M on the outsides!

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me too! me too!
by: Kelly

I just inherited a 14k diamond circle pendant from my cousin and also found the "JD DM" hallmark stamp on the back. I am taking it to a jewelry store for them to give me solid info on the diamonds in the pendant. Will ask about the initials and get back to this forum if they tell me anything significant

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lovely
by: lisa

A few years ago I went to my favorate thrift store, there on the jewelry display I spotted a unique looking ring, I asked the women over the counter if I can take a look at it, as she handed it over to me she said that's an ugly looking ring, I knew it was an old ring but I liked the style. as I looked at it closely it has emerald diamonds and a pink coral in the middle I never seen anything like it I asked how much she said $3 dollars I couldn't believe the price! I brought it immediately, I took it to the pawn shop just to see if it was really real. sure enough it was custom made and it turned out to be 18k yellow gold with all the lovely gems I mention I had to ask how much it was worth turned to be $3,800 dollars. I love my unique ring.

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14KT .50 TWB Diamond Ring with JB stamp
by: Rachel

I have a diamond cluster ring of 10 round diamonds set in three rows with 3 on top, 4 in the middle and 3 on the bottom row. It is very unusual. I purchased this ring at the military post exchange in Frankfurt, Germany in 1980. It is stamped inside the band .50 TWB and 14KT then a diamond shape sideways etched into the band and the letters JB. The J is bigger than the B with the B to the right of the J and sitting under the top slash mark of the J. I paid $610 for this ring in 1980. It is 14KT white gold with the 1/2 carat of small round diamonds and still really sparkles beautifully. I'm getting ready to sell it on ebay and wanted to know if JB is the name of the manufacturer and if so, what does it stand for?

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Gold Heart Necklace
by: Terri

I just bought a pretty necklace with a rope chain today at an estate sale. The heart is an intricate filigree design. It's a vintage piece and has some good weight to it but I don't know if it's real gold. It has the DM on the clasp but that's the only marking. I'm trying to learn more about vintage jewelry and how to tell real from fake but it's so hard. LOL I can't even tell a real diamond from a fake right now.
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Hi Terri,
You really need to take some classes on identifying real gold and diamonds - you are going to need not only a specialized education but specific types of tools too. If this is a true passion of yours, make sure you have the right types of instruments and know-how before you embark on your new interest or you can get severely financially burned. There is no way to identify real gold or real diamonds by sight alone! Additionally if you are interested in vintage or antique jewelry pieces, you will need to take additional classes on identifying these pieces after you have mastered how to identify real jewelry and once you have acquired the correct equipment. Otherwise, it is best to find a local certified gemologist who can help you to identify pieces you are interested in before you buy them.

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Im so sad!
by: Trish L

I lost a lot of weight and my beautiful ring kept falling off. We were going thru housekeepers like crazy so I asked my husband to take it out of the drawer and into the safe. One day it wasnt there anymore. I made the wrong assumption. A month went by and I asked him if he put it in the safe....I shouldve known. If anyone sees this EXTREMELY IDENTIFIABLE RING please let me know. I miss her. I am of high spirits about this tho...I lost it once before andshe found her way back to me...pray iot hapens again folks!

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Still want to know!
by: C.H.

My engagement ring has the same JB inside of a diamond with DM on the outside. 14K white gold piece.

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Perhaps a clue?
by: C.H.

I just came across the jewelry designer and manufacturer... Their logo is a JB inside of a diamond and they have some similar fittings to my ring:

https://www.jbdiamonds.com/

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JBDM Jewelry, LLC.
by: Debra

JBDM Jewelry, LLC
Has contract and sells as wholesale jeweler to AAFEX
ARMY AIR FORCE EXCHANGE (military stores) on the different military posts across America and on foreign military sites! I am in process of purchasing a wedding set second hand with same JB outside and DM inside heart and just read original paperwork which stated Manufacturer: JBDM Jewelry, LLC . Next line below states store purchased: AAFEX-Ft. Stewart, GEORGIA

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July 2015, Macon, GA
by: Mandy

My engagement ring that came from a pawn shop in macon, ga has the same stamp on it!! This is cool! I would love to know more about it!!

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Stamp ID
by: Anonymous

I found this website that lets you search different jewelry stamps. They list a couple different "JD" jeweler's marks.

http://www.langantiques.com/aju/#participants-list-1

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Bracelet
by: Anonymous

I found a bracelet on the sidewalk while walking to work this morning and it has the same markings. Has the mystery of what it stands for been solved?

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Take a look at the comments below - seems like there are a few companies with possibilities for this marking....

Suzanne - Everything Wedding Rings

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Diamond Necklace
by: Anonymous

My goodness I discovered a diamond necklace is a estate lot of jewelry I bought and it has the exact marks

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im the person who asked about this ring originally
by: trish l

Hi!
I am the person who owns the ring on this page, the vintage oval diamond cluster ring with JB stamped on the inside. I already posted a comment a few month ago above but I was upset and don't think I was very clear...
This ring is no longer in my position. My husband, with whom I am now almost divorced, was supposed to put this in his safe as I had lost a lot of weight and we were in the process of hiring a new housekeeper. A month later when I asked him to pull it out the safe so I could take it to the jeweler to get resized he said I never asked him and it wasn't in the safe. Weeks after that we were thru. For all I know its in the safe. But its also possible, VERY possible, someone took it.
I know its a long shot, but if anyone sees this ring ever, and it literally is the only ring in the world with that design on the inside along with the makers mark of JB AND initials BM, please let me know by posting on this page (if that's OK with the site owner? I hope I hope?!) as I still get the emails about new posts. The reward will be half of whatever I get in my divorce settlement and trust me when I say its a lot!!!!
also, if anyone has a more direct way for me to search, please let me know as I still visit pawn/cash for gold shops once a week. Id love to be able to send a mass fax to every jeweler in the country WITHOUT having to research locations and info for each one prior!!!

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Hi Trish,
I'm so sorry to hear about this issue with your ring - do feel free to comment again if you need to, you might also want to post the ring on Facebook if you haven't already and ask your friends and family to share the information. You can also take a picture of your ring to pawn/cash shops so you won't have to visit them so much, you can also call them for an update - you can also report the ring as missing to the police. Sometimes if they find cash/jewelry during an arrest, those items become stuck in police impounds. You never know. I hope so much that you can find out what has happened to the ring - as you said it might be in the safe, you can also ask your lawyers for a definitive statement from your ex as to whether he does have the ring or not, if he is ever caught with it or caught trying to sell it then it might be possible to charge him with perjury. Keep us updated - and it is perfectly okay for commenters to post about this ring, I review each comment before publishing it on the website and will be sure to keep an eye out for posts on this page.
Sincerely,
Suzanne - Everything Wedding Rings

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ROR II marks inside vintage diamond ring
by: Charlir

Also has a 14k P

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JB DM stamp on gold jewelry
by: Anonymous

I have this same stamp on a 10k white gold bracelet and the only thing that turned up in my research was JB-DM Jewelery LLC. When I went to the site I could not find their hallmark stamp. Information on the company indicated they were a wholesaler who distributed jewelry to other jewelry stores. I know that JWBR stamp is verigold jewelry and distribute to many jewelers such as littman, kays, zales, so possibly JBDM is similar. I'm not a jeweler either, just trying to find the maker mark. I hope this helps.

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Thank yoy
by: Trish

Wow! Thank you so much suzanne for saying those things. I still have not found it or learned anything new although I've done all your suggestions EXCEPT the Facebook. Which I will try. I was just pining for my ring so I did a search for it and this page pops up every time I do! Makes me feel good, like the ring really is as special as I think it is! Someday my ring will be back on my finger I hope!

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