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.

During the Georgian period from 1714 to 1837, all jewelry was created by hand. Short necklaces, cameos, and portraits of loved ones on pendants and brooches were in demand.

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.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

All About Jewels Dictionary

All About Jewels Dictionary

This incredible reference dictionary on jewelry, from, is both beautiful and comprehensive. S… [read review or visit site]

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Jewelry collectors, feast your eyes on this internet gem! It's a goldmine of jewelry information featuring all styl… [read review or visit site]

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

With its vast galleries featuring clear images of jewelry and style, this site really covers it all! Divided up by … [read review or visit site]

Jewel History

Jewel History

Since March of 2007, readers of Lori Ettlinger Gross’s JewelHistory blog have been treated to her weekly (sometim… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Estate 8.01ct Diamond Platinum Large Cocktail Engagement Ring Pendant NrEstate Diamond 7.20ct Green Emerald Platinum Cluster Ring 11.7 Grams NrAntique Victorian Bohemian Garnet 2.25" Pendant NecklaceStunning Art Deco 3/4 Carat Diamond 18ct Gold And Platinum Solitaire Ring.Antique Diamond 8.40ct Green Emerald 18k Gold Stud Earrings 9.5 Grams NrEstate 1.52ct Fancy Yellow Diamond Platinum Chain Pendant NrEstate Diamond 8.83ct Green Emerald 18k Gold Cocktail Ring NrEstate 2.70ct Green Emerald 18k Gold Solitaire Drop Chain Pendant NrEstate Diamond 2.38ct Sapphire Ruby 14k Gold Bypass Ring NrEstate 6.25ct Diamond 18k Gold Flower Design Wide Bracelet 43.1 Grams NrVintage Designer Ver Lee 4.00ct Opal Cabochon 14k Gold Band Ring NrAntique Victorian 6.50ct Diamond Gold Enamel Wide Bangle Bracelet 68.7 Grams NrEstate Black /blue 4.50ct Opal Onyx 14k Gold Oval Large Cufflinks 18.4 Grams NrEstate Diamond Baroque Pearl 14k Gold Necklace 170.6 Grams 40 Inch NrExceptional Art Deco 2.11 Carat Diamond Platinum BroochAntique Edwardian Platinum J.e. Caldwell & Co 1 Carat Tw Diamond Lady's BraceletVintage Pearl 18k Gold Double Strand Criss Cross Bracelet 31.9 Grams NrVintage Antique Certified 1.02ct Diamond Platinum Art Deco Engagement RingEstate Diamond 5.10ct Opal 18k Gold Drop Pendant 8.1 Grams NrEstate 16.00 Mm Natural Tahitian Pearl 14k White Gold Vintage NecklaceItalian 12.82ct Diamond 18k White Gold Wide Cuff Bangle Bracelet 78.2 Grams NrEstate 6-15mm Turquouse Beads Emerald Ruby 18k Gold Necklace 96.7 Grams NrSuperb Big Antique Victorian C 1890 Silver Scottish Agate Butterfly Brooch PinAntique Diamond 9.29ct Aquamarine 14k Gold Hinged Bracelet 24.0 Grams NrEstate Diamond 14k Gold Small Hoop Inside Out Earrings NrTiffany & Co 18kt Rose Pink Gold Diamond Wedding Band RingVintage Antique Certified 2.65ct Diamond Platinum Art Deco Engagement RinggVintage 0.80ct Diamond 18k Gold Mushroom Pin 15.9 Grams NrBelias Art Deco .70ctw Natural Diamond Ceylon Sapphire 18k Gold Engagement RingVintage 5.35ctw Natural Imperial Jadeite Jade Diamond 18k Gold Tennis BraceletRare Antique Chinese Carved Mutton Fat Jade Devils Work Dangle Earrings Mikimoto 18k Akoya Pearl Necklace 32" Opera Length Single Strand 6.5mm 48.2grPasquale Bruni 40.00ct Natural Topaz Iolite Citrine Tourmaline 18k Gold EarringsBirks Diamond 18k Gold Circle Pendant Chain Necklace 12.0 Grams NrEstate Tahitian Baroque South Sea Pearl 18k Gold Choker Necklace 51.5 Grams NrEstate 1.08ct Diamond 14k Gold Long Bar Drop Earrings NrVan Cleef & Arpels 18k Rose Gold Vintage Alhambra Bracelet Stunning Pair Of Art Deco Design 18k Gold 1 Carat Diamond Drop EarringsEstate Diamond 22.20ct Blue Cab Sapphire 18k Gold Large Ring 23.2 Grams NrVintage Mikimoto 7mm Pearl 14k Gold Choker Necklace 26.8 Grams NrLadys 14kt Yellow Gold Leaf Purplish/red 21.30cts Garnet Fashion Necklace, NrZydo Diamond 3.12ct Yellow Sapphire 18k Gold Wide Band Ring 17.9 Grams NrAntique Victorian Edwardian 14k Gold Onyx & Seed Pearl Mourning Locket NecklaceItalian Designer Aurafin 14k Gold Flexible Wide Link Bracelet 17.6 Grams NrOpal Ring Vintage Art Deco 14k White Gold Filigree Fine Jewelry Size 6.25 Retro Gorgeous Antique 14k Gold & Diamond Sapphire Slide Bracelet 12 Slides! Effy Jewelry 6.25ctw Natural Tanzanite Diamond 14k Yellow Gold Bangle BraceletDesigner Lene Joy Diamond 0.95ct Sapphire Link Bracelet 25.0 Grams NrEstate Diamond 14k White Gold Long Dangle Drop Earrings NrEstate 18k Gold Sterling Silver Shipwreck Coin Pendant NrAntique Diamond Sapphire Gold Diamond-shape Dangle Earrings NrGia 19.59 Ct Vvs1 Natural Pink Orange Tourmaline Diamond 18k Pendant NecklaceMikimoto 18k Akoya Pearl Bracelet Triple Strand 6.5mm White Pearls 30.1 GramsNatural Baltic Butterscotch Amber Beaded Necklace 30 GramsEstate 2.00ct Diamond Platinum Mounting Engagement Ring 8.3 Grams Nr14k Museum Quality 23j 16s E. Howard Ser. 0, Hunting Case Antique Pocket WatchPlatinum Diamond Vintage Ring Victorian Box Engagement Cocktail Huge 2.05 Carats14k Yellow Gold Leaf Form Brooch W/ Rose & Old Mine Cut Diamonds & Sapphire NrVintage 18k Yellow Gold Ruby Bracelet With 26 Cts Total Wight Ruby 18.5 Gr.Rare 16s 23j Bunn Special 163 Illinois Antique Railroad Pocket Watch

Recent News: Fine Jewelry

Source: Google News

Maison Auclert's Jewels Are True Pieces Of Wearable Art
Forbes, April 1st

The grandson of an antiquarian, he has had a passion for antique jewelry and curios from a young age, and has been collecting ever since he got his first pay check, and mostly when he started travelling for work, buying from antique dealers, auctions...Read more

Sister Act: Meet the Siblings Behind Kris Nations Jewelry
Racked NY, March 30th

Kris: In general, I draw inspiration from a lot of things - nature, patterns, fashion and color trends as well as vintage and antique jewelry. I often think about my friends, and their individual styles, and what they would like and want to wear. I'm...Read more

N.J. man arrested for passing counterfeit $5, say police, March 30th

On Wednesday, police investigated the theft of $15,000 of antique jewelry and coins from a Country Crossings residence some time over the past two weeks. Officers arrested a 44-year-old Logan man Wednesday on multiple warrants in Gloucester and ...Read more

Estate Jewelry Event set for April 7 at Bristol & Bragg
The Daily Times, March 28th

Bristol & Bragg Jewelers, 715 Watkins Road, Maryville, will hold its Second Annual Estate Jewelry Event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 7. The unique display of estate and antique jewelry, cultivated by the Singer Collection, showcases items from every...Read more

Verde Valley Fairgrounds re-launches antique, collectible show this weekend
Verde Independent, March 24th

The 10 or 12 already signed up have specific wares, like antique jewelry, while others simply state they'll be bringing "big stuff," which Gilboy said could be furniture or any number of items. Relaunching the event this year was a challenge at first...Read more

Jewelry stolen from shop in Bartonsville
Pocono Record, March 22nd

Jewelers or gold dealer who receive a large quantity of unique or antique jewelry should contact Patrolman Ackerman of the Pocono Township Police at 570-629-7200. By Staff reports. By Staff reports. Posted Mar. 22, 2015 at 9:32 PM...Read more

Estate Jewelry vs Antique Jewelry - Towne Square Jewelers, March 20th

Did you know there is a difference between estate jewelry and antique jewelry? Terry Davis breaks it down for us. Towne Square Jewelers discusses the different periods of estate jewelry. Find them at their new location in Charleston, 429 West Lincoln...Read more

The 19th Annual Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show Will Feature Never ...
ArtfixDaily, March 4th

Hundreds of dealers and thousands of attendees will once again gather at the Paris Hotel and Casino for the 19th Annual Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show. Held May 28-31, the trade-only event is managed by world leading show producer, U.S. ...Read more