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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Allison Burbee & Tyler Pool417mag, May 21st
After deciding to make her dream dress, she found a simple yet elegant gown at The Limited and then handed it over to Felicita Studios who customized the dress to include lace from Allison's mother's wedding dress and antique jewelry from Tyler's mother...Read more
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Tiffany baroque-style brass clock set to tick past $3,000. Categories: Antiques • Antiques News • Auctions • Events • Featured | Tags: antique jewelry, Fine Art, Lladros, Native American jewelry, Swarovski. May 20, 2013 | Antique Trader Antiques...Read more
Jewelry Camp Moves to Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta This AugustRapaport, May 20th
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Estate Jewelers celebrates 45 yearsLincoln Times-News, May 20th
The business, which specializes in estate jewelry, antique jewelry, diamonds, gold, silver and vintage pocket watches, has been at its current location since 1993. Previously home to a Western Auto store, the building required major renovations to...Read more
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One of the world's best trade events for period jewelry and timepieces, the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, is poised to take over the ballroom at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas May 30—a day before the JCK Las Vegas show opens. The show, now in...Read more
/Need a Jewelry Appraisal? Stop into A & A Jewelry & Repair today!STLtoday.com, May 16th
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Topazery Jewelry Chooses Great Gatsby Roaring Twenties Art Deco Bracelet as ...PR Web (press release), May 8th
For those who want an authentic piece of the Gatsby Roaring Twenties past instead of a reproduction, antique jewelry boutiques carry genuine 1920s pieces. In honor of Gatsby fever, one such boutique, Topazery, has hand-selected a 1920s Art Deco Antique...Read more