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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Antique jewelry from the Georgian Era, Victorian, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, as well as Art Nouveau, Deco and Retro pieces. Sarah's carries costume jewelry starting at $20 up to exceptional vintage diamond rings up to $25,000. Ten Thousand Villages 5596 Main ...Read more
Elmwood Gift GuideArtvoice, December 17th
Great selection of precious stones and metals, one-of-a-kind fine jewelry and exceptional estate and antique jewelry. Inspirational Point 483 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 883-8670. Books, music, incense, and “spiritually” related gifts and...Read more
Last-Minute Christmas Shopping in Istanbul's Grand BazaarYahoo Travel, December 17th
I entered with the knowledge that I would offer half of the asking price and if that wasn't accepted, I would walk away. There are a few must-buys in the bazaar — Turkish towels, scarves, and rugs top the list. There is some incredible antique jewelry...Read more
Miami National Antique Show Kicks Off Miami Antiques Week in 2015PR Web (press release), December 12th
The show will feature more than 100 established dealers with a complete mix of fine art, furnishings, home décor, and antique jewelry. “January is a fantastic month to travel to Miami! Not only is the weather exceptional, but also our two unique...Read more
U.S. Antique Shows Partners with the Rapaport GroupArtfixDaily, December 8th
The Rapaport Group will sponsor the following U.S. Antique Shows in 2015: The Original Miami Beach Antique Show, the world's largest indoor antique show; Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show; New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show; and LA ...Read more
Worthmore Jewelers holds fourth annual antique jewelry roadshowNeighborNewspapers.com, December 2nd
Community members are invited to stop by the Decatur store from noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, with their family heirlooms or antique jewelry pieces for a free session with the jeweler's own jewelry historian. Sessions typically reveal item age, origin and...Read more
Five Reasons to Give Antique JewelryKIRO Seattle, November 29th
The final reason antique jewelry makes a great gift is perhaps the most compelling. Your money simply goes further when you opt for antique jewelry. So not only are you keeping up with the latest trends, getting a unique, environmentally friendly and...Read more
New and Veteran Dealers Find the Pier Antique Show a Huge SuccessDigital Journal, November 26th
Gloria Karp from Glorious Antique Jewelry said, "It's been a good show! There has been lots of knowledgeable customers, which makes work fun!" Silver dealer Martin Chasin, who's been exhibiting at the Pier Antique Show for 23 years, sold many...Read more