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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Longtime jeweler-brothers remain a fixture in SpringfieldMaryville Daily Forum, September 3rd
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — At Rosenbaum's Jewelry on Park Central Square, brothers Larry, 83, and Sid Rosenbaum, 69, sit in matching navy blue chairs in front of hand-carved claw-footed jewelry cases. They're always ready to visit with customers and ...Read more
Weekly Roundup of eBay Vintage Jewelry FindsHuffington Post, September 3rd
No time to page through thousands of eBay listings? Then just sneak a peek at my Weekly eBay Roundup of top vintage jewelry finds. The antique and vintage jewelry items in this eclectic mix caught my discerning eye because of their uniqueness, ...Read more
Education, Lower Ticket Prices and Appraisals to Accent November's Pier ...Benzinga, September 3rd
U.S. Antique Shows, producer of the industry's most anticipated events, serves the unique needs of the antique and antique jewelry marketplace with shows in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Miami Beach and New York. The group's events offer a broad ...Read more
Junk Bonanza returns to Shakopee, Minn., Sept. 24-26Antique Trader, September 2nd
If antique and vintage jewelry sets your heart aflutter, you may want to pick up an exclusive Antique Jewelry Collector's Value Pack, available only at KrauseBooks.com. The Junk Bonanza is an indoor event; the show will go on despite rain or snow. Mark...Read more
Taking Care of Antique and Vintage JewelryMaine Antique Digest, August 26th
I communicated with Lindsay Pomphrett, the “resident art history scholar and website mastermind” at Past Era Antique Jewelry. With a B.A. in art history from the University of Texas and a master's degree in the history of art and connoisseurship from...Read more
Can I Wear Jewelry If I Don't Support Its Origins?New York Times, August 26th
Amy Bloom: Any antique jewelry, with or without stones, was likely to have been made under conditions that would make a decent person shudder. If the necklace was made before any trade ban, you're not supporting those terrible conditions now. The other ...Read more
Police work to solve jewelry theft valued at more than $1MCInewsNow, August 10th
Among the antique jewelry stolen was gold, diamonds, platinum, and colored stones. The showroom for the antique show was inside a building with access from the outside. There's a bathroom that can be entered from outside the building at Expo Gardens, ...Read more
The New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show Reports Successful SalesPR Web (press release), August 10th
U.S. Antique Shows recently reported that the New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show had phenomenal dealer sales for the entire duration of the show. The world recognized show producer hosted the event at the Metropolitan Pavilion on July 24-27...Read more