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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About 300 guitars, including instruments associated with Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley and Eddie Van Halen, are heading to a New York City auction. Also on tap at Guernsey's sale Feb. 27 are acoustic guitars from the late 1800s and one played by actor...Read more
Five-0 Redux: Chun and Mellow share their alohaHonolulu Pulse, February 6th
After she returned from her studies in Italy she learned casting, which led her to her jewelry making, and eventually led her to running her own antique jewelry shop in Downtown Honolulu for 22 years. “That's how I met Dennis. He would often walk by...Read more
Peak Into Lydia Courteille's Queen Of Sheba CollectionHaute Living, February 5th
A lover of history, nature, and gemology, Courteille' passion for antique jewelry lies on making fairy-tale inspired one-of-a- kinds. With dark humor, baroque styling, and surreally detailed and imaginative finishes, her compositions are undeniably...Read more
Stretch your Valentine's Day dollar with estate jewelryCTV News, February 4th
"The value almost doubles on antique jewelry if it comes with the original box," she says. Hallmarks stamped on a piece will show the type of gold or silver used, while a trademark will show the manufacturer, but not every piece will have them...Read more
Camelot Jewelers is one option for Valentine's DayDunwoody Crier, February 3rd
I'm not sure how old a piece has to be to qualify as an antique, but both jewelers are talented at antique jewelry restoration among other things. Do you need a piece soldered or repaired? Camelot will take care of it for you. They'll restring your...Read more
Bernie and Ruth Madoff's newly discovered antique jewelry up for sale in ...New York Daily News, February 2nd
Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme got clipped so now you can buy his money clip. Six dazzling pieces of jewelry that once belonged to convicted Wall Street snake Bernie Madoff and his estranged wife Ruth went up for auction Tuesday, the U.S. Marshals...Read more
Art of Jewelry: The Stylistic Evolution of Cartier's PanthersBLOUIN ARTINFO, February 2nd
In 1935, she conceived a collection of yellow gold jewelry with several panthers, including the first panther ring with two heads facing each other. “I think these were very much in the spirit of antique jewelry, like the jewels that were found in the...Read more
Longtime jewelry shop moves to Point Loma VillageSan Diego Community Newspaper Group, January 7th
Estate jewelry is anything that's secondhand, said Jacobs, noting it doesn't have to be any particular age, as compared with antique jewelry, which has to be at least 100 years old. Jacobs is always looking for “new and interesting” jewelry items to...Read more