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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Weekly Roundup of eBay Vintage Jewelry FindsHuffington Post, October 1st
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Enhancing Your HomeMy New Orleans, October 1st
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Q&A: Christie's Head of JewelryRobb Report, September 28th
Europeans—in particular, English clients—prefer the look of antique jewelry. In Geneva we sell not just pearls but a lot of the larger suites of jewelry. RR: Do you expect the jewelry market to continue to rise in the coming years? RK: For the things...Read more
Jewelry at a One-Day Maine Antiques ShowMaine Antique Digest, September 23rd
This month I checked out the jewelry on offer at the Maine Antiques Dealers Association (MADA) Coastal Antiques Show, held in Damariscotta, Maine, on August 19. The show is run by promoters John and Elizabeth DeSimone of Goosefare Antiques and ...Read more
New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show Returns in NovemberRobb Report, September 21st
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Coburg hosts annual antique and vintage fairThe Register-Guard, September 11th
Everybody gets into the swing of it.” Several antique stores are located within walking distance of each other in Coburg. Johnston's store offers a huge assortment of modern and antique jewelry, including turquoise items and Czechoslovakian jewelry...Read more
Antique Jewelry Lover s Collection delivers essential tips and toolsNews-Antique.com (press release), September 10th
Antique Jewelry Lover's Collection delivers essential tips and tools. This collection is rich with thoroughly researched and beautifully illustrated details about various type of jewelry. Antique Jewelry Lover's Collection delivers essential tips and...Read more