Antique jewelry is typically any piece of jewelry that is about 100 years old or older. Many pieces from the 1920's to 1930's are included are now considered antique, especially those made in the earlier part of the decade. Fine antique jewelry is generally made of either yellow gold or platinum.
Beware of the term “antique style” which is only a term used to describe the look of jewelry from that time period in which the jewelry style was popular.
Jewelry has to be at least 20 to 30 years old to be considered vintage. This could be anything made during the 1980's. Vintage is probably the most common term of the three which include many decades or eras. Vintage Jewelry describes items that are at least one generation old.
*** Both vintage and antique are types of estate jewellery.
Estate jewelry is any piece of jewelry that is used. This term encompasses all second-hand jewelry, regardless of whether it could be defined as antique or vintage. The item could be less than a month old and it could still be considered estate jewelry.
~Jewelry by Era~
Described as romantic and sentimental by reflecting the youth, courtship and marriage of 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. According to victorianjewelry.com, "the period of Victoria's mourning included large, dark, somber, yet dramatic jewelry, with a lot of black onyx, jet, amethyst, garnet and golds. This lasted until 1880's, when the aesthetic period of jewelry began."
~ART NOUVEAU ERA~
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. According to nationaljeweler.com, Art Nouveau (“new art”) jewelry was created in France between about 1895 and 1910, coming on the heels of the “overwrought” designs of the Victorian era (which ended with Queen Victoria’s death in 1901) and creating a striking contrast to the mainstream Edwardian designs of that time, Karlin said.
~ART DECO ERA~
Designs are streamlined, geometric, symmetric, and highly stylized. Diamonds were very popular during this time and were often used with rubies, sapphires and emeralds. According to langantiques.com, T he era we now know as “Art Deco” received its moniker from the Exposition International des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, which was largely dedicated to the jewelry arts. Emphasis was placed on the association of art and modern industry. Inspiration for this style was as far reaching as Oriental, African and South American Art and as varied as Cubism and Fauvism, both popular movements at the time."
Why You Should Buy Antique, Vintage, and Estate Jewelry
1) Preserving the past for future generations~ Romantic, Mystical, Beautiful- Vintage pieces are often engraved with romantic messages that capture a moment of love that has been lost to time and when you wear one of these pre-owned items, you are becoming a part of a larger history.
2) Develop your personal style~You can find pieces of jewelry that are so unique that no one else will have them.
3) Great quality~most modern jewellery is cast unlike other products, jewelry has a durability which makes it a lasting investment. Though minor repairs might be necessary over time, the precious metals and gemstones that form fine pieces of jewelry can last throughout a lifetime.
4)As good as new~ Extraordinaryattention to detail, hand-made byskilled craftsmen using old world techniques and high quality that - even with the advances in technology today cannot be mass-manufactured. Expert craftsmanship paired with elaborate designs, means that each piece of jewelry is a handcrafted work of art and truly showcases the talent of the artist and how skillfully their designs are executed.
5) Antique, vintage and estate jewelry is VAT-exempt, which means you pay 20% less than the equivalent piece made new. With old jewelry you are buying the same quality gemstones and materials without paying a premium for the seller’s overheads.
6)Antique and vintage jewellery the piece has already gone from ‘new’ to ‘old’ before you buy it so its purchase value remains the same.
7)Buying old jewellery supports small businesses as opposed to big corporations. Diamond jewelry created before the 1980s are untarnished by conflict diamonds, better known as “blood diamonds,” came into existence with civil war in Africa.
8) Antique or vintage jewelry has a story to tell.
9) It is authentic. It was actually made using the techniques, material and craftsmanship of that time.
10) Great investment- there is no greater return on your original and authentic antique and vintage jewels. Cash in on your baubles! During trying times, you may find yourself needing a little extra cash. Antique, Vintage and Estate jewelry is a great way to pad your pockets during times of uncertainty.