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Vintage Jewelry For Sale- The Different Vintage Eras

Updated on October 8, 2011
Nothing says vintage quite like pearls
Nothing says vintage quite like pearls | Source

Vintage Jewlery

Periods of vintage and estate jewelry can be divided as per the age in which they were made. Depending on the era and the decade that the jewelry was crafted it will belong to a different vintage period.

1.Georgian jewelry (1714-1837)

Often featuring nature-inspired designs such as leaves and birds, Georgian jewelry frequently includes precious stones. It is rare to find.

2. Early Victorian, romantic jewelry (1837-1855)

These nature inspired designs would be delicately and intricately etched into gold. Lockets and brooches were popular everyday jewelry during the early Victorian era whereas colored gemstones and diamonds were worn during the evening.

3. Mid-Victorian, grand jewelry (1856-1880)

As this corresponded with the death of Queen Victoria’s husband, many jewelry pieces have solemn, grave designs. They are also known as mourning jewelry, the pieces feature heavy, dark stones.

4. Late Victorian, aesthetic jewelry (1885-1900)

In this age feminine, bright gemstones such as sapphire, peridot, and spinel were uses in designs. Star and crescent designs as well as elaborate hat pins were also popular.

5. Arts and crafts jewelry (1894-1923)

Many jewelry designers rebelled during the Industrial Revolution period, returning to intricate jewelry designs and handmade craftsmanship. It was common for jewelry of this era to be simple in pattern, made of colorful, uncut stones.

6. Art Nouveau jewelry (1895-1915)

Designed predominantly by the french thisjewelry featured natural designs such as flowers and butterflies. This type of jewelry follows curves and naturalistic designs, especially depicting long-haired, sensual women sometimes turning into birdlike or flower like forms.

7. Edwardian jewelry (1901-1915)

Expensive gemstones such as diamonds, emeralds and rubies and elaborate designs were the fashion after Queen Victoria died and her son Edward came to the throne. These were heavy pieces and can be quite expensive.

8. Art Deco jewelry (1915-1935)

Influenced by African, Egyptian and Japanese themes, Art Deco jewelry is famous for its geometric designs, sharp lines, and bright colors. The effect of the colonies was seeping into the jewelry that was being designed. The materials used also were less traditional ones like bakelite, celluloid, enamel and doublets.

9. Retro jewelry (1945-1960)

These are Hollywood inspired pieces that were worn in the flower power years. Commonly worn were large cocktail rings, bracelets, watches, necklaces and charm bracelets.

Old is Gold

Finding vintage jewelry online is not as difficult now as it would have been for your mother to try to find vintage wedding jewelry in her day. So if you feel that you want to procure a few pieces of interesting vintage jewelry designs you can easily find a number of sites that can cater to your taste.

There is no need for an excuse to pamper yourself to a good piece of vintage jewelry. After all they make good investments as the price will always go up. So the next time you have some spare cash and want to invest it well you may want to think about buying some pretty vinatge jewelry instead.

How about your own vintage style tiara?
How about your own vintage style tiara? | Source

Vintage inspired designs

Vintage bridal jewelry is probably more a matter of personal taste than the styles available. In fact weddings are a time that many people go with vintage jewelry. I know Prince William has given his fiancé Kate a vintage ring that belonged to his late mother, Princess Diana.

That diamond and sapphire ring must cost a fortune and not everyone can afford jewelry that is quite so expensive. That is why many people use vintage inspired jewelry using the designs that they like but having them remade in silver or other less precious metals.

Vintage costume jewelry has a large market and you can pick up some unique looking rings and earrings for a fraction of what the original vintage jewelry could cost. To make replicas that don't cost as much as the antiques the jewelers replace the precious stones like diamonds with semi precious stones like zircons.

That way they can preserve the vintage jewelry design without making the costs rise too high. No matter what it is you desire, be it a brooch, a ring, necklaces or earrings you can have the vintage style and not pay the earth for it.


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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      Old is gold in this case:)

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      ayliss08 6 years ago from Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

      Really great! I love your sharing. Vintage jewelry now is a big trend this year. These pieces are favored by many fashionable people for the vintage feel they have created. I also like vintate jewelry very much!

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      lindatymensky 7 years ago

      Thanks! I'm bookmarking this article so I can put my mother and grandmother's jewelry in some kind of context.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      You said it Jalus...VINTAGE is eye catching :)

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      Jalus 7 years ago

      I have some nice vintage cuff links that I get compliments on whenever I wear them. Funny, my newer ones don't seem to get noticed as often.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Thank you mepperly and jane

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      Jane@CM 7 years ago

      Great article. The first picture is what my mom's jewelry case looked like - but those pieces sadly are gone. I did recently get some vintage pieces from my aunt who recently passed away & I love them!


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      Shelly Epperly 7 years ago from Vancouver,WA

      Good information