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An Old Fashioned Love Affair

OldFashionedLoveAffairAlmost everyone is curious about old jewelry. Perhaps it’s because most people have a piece or two tucked away in a drawer or a locked box. Maybe it is grandmother’s locket, your favorite uncle’s watch or a ring handed down in the family. Discovering our ancestry has fueled this desire to know about our heirlooms.

The history of antique and period jewelry is defined by the styles of each period. These design elements are reflected in jewelry motifs much the same way they were reflected in furniture and other decorative arts. These periods often overlapped or even ran concurrently. Waning jewelry styles in England and the European Continent could still be at their peak in America.

OldFashionedLoveAffair2Most antique and period jewelry was created in four different historical periods: Victorian, Edwardian/Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Retro. Each period has its own style defined by the people and events of the era.

From Georgian earrings to Art Deco rings and Retro Bracelets, people are discovering that antique and period jewelry have a place in today’s fashion. Although the heirlooms can’t speak, they help us understand and cherish our heritage.


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What Is Estate Jewelry?

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“I was browsing your website and came across the term ‘Estate Jewelry’. What does this really mean?”

-Monique K. | Minneapolis, MN

Estate jewelry is a term used to describe previously owned jewelry. This jewelry is usually acquired from estates or jewelry that has been sold and is often antique or vintage in nature. Antique jewelry is jewelry that is 100 years old or older, while the term “vintage” includes many decades or eras.

Each era has a different look or design; here are a few of my favorites.

VICTORIAN ERA

The early years of the Victorian period are described as romantic and sentimental by reflecting the youth, courtship and marriage of the young Queen, Victoria. Jewelry from the Victorian era also features nature inspired designs that are often etched into gold.  Lockets and brooches were popular everyday pieces of this era.

This large turquoise brooch is my favorite piece from our Victorian Collection.  If you’re not much of a brooch wearer, the piece can also be dropped from a chain to be worn as a large pendant. The size of the turquoise and diamonds makes quite the statement!

Vintage Victorian Brooch

ART NOUVEAU ERA

The Art Nouveau movement was a short lived yet dramatically recognizable period. It produced some of the most sought-after collectibles in the world today. Art Nouveau jewelry features lines that are flowing, curving, rippling and dynamic.

This cameo ring perfectly depicts the Art Nouveau period.  The peachy-pink color and soft free flowing lines makes this the perfect piece for the hopeless romantic.

Vintage Ring with Carved Coral Cameo Bust set in Yellow Gold from Art Nouveau Jewelry Period

ART DECO ERA

Art Deco Jewelry depicts the modern age. Designs are streamlined, geometric, symmetric, and highly stylized. Diamonds were very popular during this time and were often used with rubies, sapphires and emeralds.

Cool and artsy, these hand carved green onyx and diamond earrings are nothing short of dramatic. Geometric symmetry combines with feminine laciness to play tribute to the Jazz Age of flappers and speakeasies.

Vintage Art Deco Earrings


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Amy Meyer HeadshotAmy shares her pearls of wisdom in her weekly column, Ask Amy. Her impeccable taste helps to select beautiful, current yet timeless looks for our clients in harmony with their own personal style. She believes that jewelry should have a story to tell about the person who wears it and is delighted to commemorate life’s celebrations. If you have a question, just Ask Amy!

Roaring 20s Inspired Jewelry

The Great Gatsby remake opens in theaters this weekend and it has already set the stage for a visual feast of Roaring ‘20s fashions and precious Art Deco jewels. The style is distinguished by geometric lines, an emphasis on shape, and incredible sparkle. A style that first came to be just before the 1920’s, held on strong for two decades more, and influenced everything from jewelry, clothing, even home furnishings and architecture. Initially emerging at a time of unprecedented change and an increase in wealth across the US, it is an artistic style with strong connotations of luxury, glamour, and excitement that continues to inspire jewelry designs today.

Luxurious fashions with an array of diamonds, pearls and onyx are sure to be center stage this summer. When shopping for that right Gatsby-inspired piece, consider timeless styles like diamond cuffs crafted in sparkly straight lines and circles. Rings with big, bold diamonds in geometric shapes surrounded with even more diamonds. Of course you can’t go wrong with pearls, long knotted strands, layered bracelets, and dangling earrings were all relevant during this period. Select authentic piece from our collection of Art Deco jewelry or choose from Art Deco inspired pieces like these stunning diamond pieces.

Vintage Art Deco Jewelry

White Gold & Diamond Vintage Bracelet

Vintage Diamond Pendant Brooch from Art Deco Period

Vintage Platinum Engagement Ring

Art Deco Inspired Diamond Jewelry

Diamond Bangle in White Gold
Custom Halo Engagement Ring
Round Diamond Stud Earrings with baguettes

Black & White Jewelry with Art Deco Flair

Pear Shaped Black Diamond Earrings with Halo
Roberto Coin Black Diamond Pendant
Black Diamond Drop Earrings from Roberto Coin

Needless to say, this was the era of extravagant jewelry that signified newfound wealth. Sleek, smooth diamond pieces, geometric patterns, pearls, feathers and colorful accent stones are all hallmarks of this great period.

What is the appeal of vintage jewelry?

These days we see Hollywood’s A-listers on the red carpet wearing the most dazzling and unique vintage jewelry paired with couture gowns. Even in today’s latest clothing fashions we see styles and colors that seem to have returned from previous eras.

Besides being just beautiful, the appeal of antique jewelry is its ability to transport you to a different time and place. The thrill of purchasing a vintage piece is finding out about its past – who was it made for? When was it made? What was the story behind it? You become intrigued by the engravings and markings inside the gem, imagining the lovely lady who once wore it in a breathtaking gown as she waits for her lover, or maybe a flapper girl that paved the way for female empowerment in the early years of the twentieth century. Whatever story is attached to your jewelry, just being able to have a piece of the past is a thrilling feeling.


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If you are into elaborate and romantic pieces, the Victorian period may just have the right pieces for you. Intricate golden filigree and precious gemstones littered the era, reflecting the Queens penchant for all things pretty. For one-of-a-kind pieces that took inspiration from flora and fauna, the Art Nouveau period are exquisite and were great representations of the movement against mass produced jewelry. If you’re more into sleek pieces with geometric patterns, vintage jewelry from the Art Deco era may just be what you are looking for.

The comeback of antique jewelry has many designers clamoring to create contemporary designs with a vintage feel. Rose gold, popularly used during the Victorian period, is returning as the season’s “it” metal, found on several celebrities on the red carpet. The element was seen on runways in different forms, from necklaces to cocktails rings studded with precious gemstones. At the same time, many fashionistas who are always in search of a personalized style opt to pair antique jewelry pieces with more contemporary designs and modern apparel, creating a contrast that’s appealing to many.

From the outrageous to the sophisticated, vintage jewelry of different eras in time vary in styles and can easily complement any outfit.

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