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|"The older the better" is what I often tell people when they ask what
type of jewelry I am interested in. I sell a wide variety
of vintage jewelry, but I am personally drawn to the older and more
simple (but still highly detailed) jewelry of the 19th and early
Jewelry (and most other categories of items other than automobiles) are considered antique at 100 years and vintage at 20 years.
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|This is usually done by closely studying materials, construction, styles,hallmarks and jewelry findings such as clasps.
This is far too complicated to go into here, but there are many books on the subject and websites online. I would though find at least 2 sources with the same (not identical--which could be copied and pasted) information before coming to a conclusion on your jewelry's history
It gets a bit complicated when the eras overlap or transition, and we often find jewelry or other antiques with elements of more than one period.
Replaced clasps and other repairs also make the detective work a bit trickier, as does worn hallmarks.
Still, this is one of my favorite parts of my job. Uncovering the hidden past a bit for each of my found treasures.
|Jewelry from the time period of Queen Victoria's reign, and possibly up to as much as 5 years afterward depending on the styles, is commonly referred to as Victorian jewelry.
Jewelry from this time period is rich in symbolism natural elements or designs.
Mourning jewelry was often all black or mostly black and was worn as a memento of a loved one. This was made popular by Queen Victoria's own mourning period. Whitby jet and bog oak were often used for these, as well as glass and Bakelite at the end of the Victorian period.
Another unusual way to remember a loved one was to fashion jewelry from strands of their hair. This could be as simple as tucking some into a locket or as elaborate as weaving beautiful jewelry sets.
Micro-mosiac tiles were used to adorn jewelry and trinket boxes and can be relatively simple like the crescent and clover pictured in the second row. They can also be quite elaborate scenes that look like paintings from a distance.
|Edwardian jewelry is from the short reign of King Edward VII from 1901-1910. But again, the styles and materials overlap.
Jewelry from this era, or rather style period, is more lacy and delicate.
Camphor glass became popular during this time period, but the pendant with the green paste stones on this page is the only one I have seen with Edwardian style rather than Art Deco leanings.
|Jewelry from this period also incorporated many natural elements with flowing movements. Water lilies and other flowers were very popular.
Iconic for this time period is ladies with long, billowy hair and clothes.
Much of this jewelry is sterling and it can be quite exquisite.
|Jewelry from this era has angular or geometric shapes and slinky silhouettes.
"Flapper" necklaces were long and swingy.
King Tut's tomb was discovered in 1922 and that spurred a large amount of what is called "Egyptian Revival" jewelry during this era.
|Antique jewelry from this time period include the same types of jewelry we still wear now, but some of them have changed over the years.
Necklaces were often chokers during the Victorian times and those ladies had thin necks!!! Attaching some sort of extension will help necklaces of this time period be worn today.
Slider bracelets were popular in the Victorian era.
I was surprised when I learned that earrings were of pierced variety until the early 20th century when piercings became considered "barbaric". Screw-back earrings then emerged, followed closely by clip-backs. I guess the flower children of the 60s didn't mind being barbaric, and pierced ears became popular once again. Antique earring posts were usually thicker than modern ones, and they had screw-on ends the way gold and other high end jewelry does today (photo on left). Some of the older dangle earrings fastened to a part of the earring, just like modern ones too. This are a bit hard to date also, but the post is usually thicker on the antique earrings made this way. Also the prongs are different and the cut of the stone is often different also. The pair on the right I was almost certain they were antique, but not 100 percent certain.
Sash pins and long bar pins were also popular in the early 20th century, as well as dress clips and fur clips.
Chatelaines are coveted pieces from Victorian times and had attachments for everyday items a lady might need, such as a pencil, scissors, etc. These were either worn as brooches or attached at the waist.