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.
Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)
All About Jewels Dictionary
Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry
Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery
Clubs & Associations
- American Society of Jewelry Historians
- Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts
- Society of Jewellery Historians
Other Great Reference Sites
Most watched eBay auctions
Recent News: Fine Jewelry
Source: Google News
Visit foothill and mountain museums free during Heritage Trail eventTahoe Daily Tribune, July 29th
The renovated train station in Colfax has displays of antique jewelry, railroad memorabilia and a collection of hand-made dolls depicting each President of the United States. The dolls are donated and kept up-to-date by a resident and each depicts...Read more
The Trending Period in Estate Jewelry Is…JCK (blog), July 28th
During Las Vegas market week in May, I snuck away from the LUXURY show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to attend the opening of the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show at the Paris hotel. That was the plan at least. When I arrived at the ...Read more
'Rogue movers:' Hidden costs, bad serviceazcentral.com, July 25th
Alyssa Warner described her experience with the company on a move from one Chandler address to another as "nightmarish." She says the movers overcharged her, scuffed her furniture, broke dishes and damaged the leg on her antique jewelry dresser...Read more
Jewelry Retailer Adapts Google Glass Live Video to Connect Vendor and ...MarketWatch, July 25th
retailer Diamond Concierge Service pioneers live video streaming with Google Glass to sell jewelry from vendor booths inside trade shows during the JA New York Jewelry Show, July 27-29, and the New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, July 25-29...Read more
Moderate to Top-Tier Sales at Doyle New York, Skinner, and BonhamsMaine Antique Digest, July 24th
Because I was unfamiliar with the word négligée used in reference to jewelry, I consulted the Web site Antique Jewelry University (www.langantiques.com/ university/index.php/Main_Page) for this definition: “A négligée is a necklace of fine links with...Read more
'Antiques Roadshow' jewelry appraiser shares dazzling lifeSFGate, July 7th
Now in his 14th year as a jewelry appraiser for "Antiques Roadshow" on PBS, Peter Shemonsky is the expert that other gem aficionados call when they are stumped. After a long career buying, selling and appraising antique jewelry for the likes of Bonham...Read more
KKDesigns Set for 2014 Ketchum Arts Festival in Sun ValleyBroadway World, July 7th
Her Signature line of antique jewelry has no re-productions and each piece is designed and original by Kjesbo inspired by the unique objects she finds and the many KKDesigns' collectors who often request custom pieces from Kjesbo. Kjesbo has been busy ...Read more
Customized Costume Jewelry (#ArtofY)Huffington Post, July 2nd
I envision Three Jane being this beautiful townhouse belonging to an old woman with amazing art, antique jewelry, and shelves of hardbound books. I have a very clear vision of this place, and I want to use it to tell a unique story--encouraging...Read more