|Specializing in true vintage, estate and antique jewelry including Victorian Art Deco, Nouveau, Mid-Cenury and Retro. Materials include sterling silver, gold, costume, rhinestones, enamel, Bakelite, copper and Lucite. I offer sets, brooches, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, dress clips and cufflinks.|
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- Bracelets (62)
- Brooches, Pins, Clips, Buckles (271)
- Designer or Signed Jewelry (255)
- Rings (37)
- Earrings (115)
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- Unsigned Jewelry by Style (371)
- Fraternal, Military, Service (6)
- Cufflinks, Tie Pins, Men's (20)
- Toys (1)
- Accessories (27)
- Vintage accessories (9)
- Vintage knick knacks (2)
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- Collectibles (14)
- Other (7)
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|I am in awe of the skill of silver sculptors. For the most part, I am not talking about mass produced silver jewelry, but hand-crafted treasures. The detail and craftsmanship in vintage silver jewelry is often superb. And as a bonus some are lavished with beautiful enamel. Oh my... I could gaze at some of them all day.
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|Whether you prefer your silver jewelry understated or dramatic, the vintage market has something for you.
What you might find along the way perusing vintage silver:
- Wide Bracelets
- Thin Bracelets to stack
- Fraternal Items
- University Items
- Fur Clips
- Dress Clips
- Trinket Boxes
|Silver can be beautiful all by itself, but we often get the bonus of another element in vintage jewelry that takes it to a new level.
For me, the top of the list is enamel. The colors and workmanship can be like a miniature painting. Wearable art!! I love it.
Some gemstones, such as chrysoprase, carnelian, banded agate, garnets and amethysts, as well as materials such as amber were often put in sterling. Marcasites are a favorite of mine.
Some silver has a coating of gold, called vermeil. On older pieces, this can be rose-gold in color and is fabulous. Some Mexican and South American pieces have sections of thicker gold on parts of their items.
Some of the older glass, such as Saphiret or Draon's breath is highly collectible and can be found in silver.
Sometimes silver was a frame for celluloid cutouts or Morpho butterfly wing under glass.
|Whether you search out items made by a particular designer, or buy your vintage silver on appeal factor, here are some designers and eras to appreciate:
- David Andersen
- Other Scandinavian Enamel Silversmiths
- Margot de Taxco
- William Spratling
- Sigi Pineda
- Other Early Mexican Silversmiths
- Early Native American Silversmiths
- Georg Jensen
- Arts & Crafts Movement
- Art Deco
- Art Nouveau
- Modernist or Mid-Century
|Sterling is a grade of silver that is 92.5 percent silver. That is the current standard in most countries.
This wasn't always the case and silver was used in different grades. Some countries required the grade be documented with a hallmark. Others did only if the item was exported.
Items below 925 (92.5 percent) are considered low grade silver. And occasionally you will find Native American of Mexican silver that is a bit above sterling at 950 or 95 percent silver.
Non-sterling grade items have a collector base.
Only 925 and above are supposed to be listed as sterling, all others as silver. Some sellers are a bit confused on this and it can make searching a bit tricky.
If you put both sterling and silver in parenthesis like this (sterling, silver) it should return items with either term in the title.
|Silver items were sometimes monogrammed. These items make great gifts
for someone who matches the monogram. They will know you put effort and
time into their gift. Occasionally you can find older items that have a
place for monogramming and it is still blank. You can customize the
monogramming any way you want.
Silver charms can be found for
just about anything, including sentiments, occasions, organizations,
accomplishments, interests, hobbies, milestones, etc. Customizing a
charm bracelet for someone is another way to give a special gift for