From delicate, intricately designed Victorian pieces to chunky and large Retro items, antique fine jewelry (British spelling: jewellery) is a popular collectible that represents the different eras in which it was worn. Jewelry has been made for centuries in a variety of materials and styles and is still evolving today. Although specific items (such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and brooches) have remained popular through the ages, they vary in design and materials depending on the era.
Queen Victoria’s rule began in 1837, marking the beginning of the Victorian period, which would last until 1901. During this time, a demand for jewelry in the mass market emerged, and semi-precious stones were often used to keep jewelry affordable. Mourning jewelry and pieces with sentimental motifs became popular.
The Edwardian period, which lasted from 1901 to 1910, produced delicate and elegant jewelry. Diamonds and pearls set in platinum were in vogue, as were chokers, negligee pendants, and long strings of pearls worn as necklaces.
Art Nouveau from the late 1890s until the mid-1910s usually featured natural designs, such as flowers or the female form. Glass and semi-precious stones were often used in Art Nouveau jewelry, and enamel was introduced.
Between the mid-1920s and '30s, Art Deco grew in popularity and featured geometric lines, sharp angles, and bright colors. Diamonds regained popularity and pearls continued to be in vogue, worn in a string as either a necklace or a bracelet.
Certain antique jewelry pieces have significant personal meanings (for example, love, religious devotion, or mourning) or practical applications (for example, fastening or securing) in addition to being aesthetically pleasing.
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Diverse goods and prices key to fair's success, organizers sayPalm Beach Daily News, February 12th
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The Original Miami Beach Antique Show Achieves Highest Attended Opening ...PR Web (press release), February 12th
Attendees were able to explore collections from Renaissance to Art Deco eras including fine art, American and European silver, antique jewelry, 17th-19th century furniture, porcelain, and more. “We measure the success of each event on several factors...Read more
Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show: 5 Collectibles to CovetPalm Beach, February 11th
From February 13-17, the Palm Beach County Convention Center will be a trove of gorgeous finds from the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show (561-822-5440). According to Scott Diament, president of the Palm Beach Show Group, which produces ...Read more
Something special for collectors of jewelryNews-Antique.com (press release), February 9th
The Antique Jewelry Lover's Collection features three of the most thorough and highly regarded books about antique and vintage jewelry, along with an important tool of the trade, an illuminated UV/LED jeweler's loupe. The references include the...Read more
Art History: The Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry ShowNaplesillustrated, February 3rd
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Altrusa Antique Show and Sale set to start FridayGadsden Times, February 2nd
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Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels Sale Caps a Year of Stellar ResultsMaine Antique Digest, February 2nd
Regarding trends in the antique and vintage jewelry markets, Wright noted, “Antique jewelry is a little tougher to sell these days, unless it really has a wonderful provenance, is in original shape and in good condition. So much of the really antique...Read more