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All about Vintage Jewellery

In the world of jewellery and beads work, ”vintage” is most often used to indicate a piece or component that is a product of the high quality manufacturing of a previous time frame (usually from 25 to 99 years). ”Vintage” jewellery tends to be dated from approximately 1980 back to 1910. When describing a piece of ”vintage” jewellery, it is best to state the time frame the piece is from her earrings are vintage 1950s. Vintage style refers to an item which is created in the style (but not always in the same materials or with the same tools) of a previous time. Vintage is also a term loosely applied to ”out of program” colors and shapes by Swarovski crystal. Vintage jewellery is made of stones, rhinestones, pearl and beads. Designs of vintage jewellery are based on images of God and Goddess and images of any famous persons. Vintage jewellery belongs to the historic Georgian and Victorian, Art Nouveau and Edwardian design periods. They also belong to the Art Deco, Retro, Mid Century, Modern and Contemporary periods. They were created up to that point, until they are considered to be antique. Nowadays, the term  vintage relates to those jewellery pieces that were made after the 1920’s and include the “Retro Era” glamorous effects and designs. These consists of high  designs and creativity, these jewellery are curve linear, asymmetrical, 3D, floral, scroll, bow & ribbon, geometric, invisible in settings, have large emerald cut stones, rose, yellow, green, rubies, sapphires, diamond accents, amethysts, aquamarine, citrines, moonstones, topaz, and white gold. Here are some vintage designs jewellery as:

Vintage Necklace:

Vintage necklaces are made of different materials like stone, diamonds. Early necklaces were strung with beads made out of shells, obsidian, and rocks like carnelian, garnet, and lapis lazuli. Gold was also fashioned into beads for necklaces and gold wire was wrapped into decorative Spiral. Necklaces vary wildly depending on their materials, artistry and ornamentation, there can be categorized by their construction and length. Open-ended necklaces which are often strung with beads or tassels, do not have a clasp instead their ends are tied together. Chokers fit tightly around the neck and range from 14 inches to 16 inches long.


Vintage Bangles:

The bangle is a type of bracelet that was especially popular from the 1920s. Usually constructed of chunky materials such as Bakelite, acrylic, metal or wood, bangles often feature hinges at their backs. Some bangles are open at one end so a woman’s wrist can be slipped into them. Colorful rings of plastic and Bakelite are among the most collectible types of bangles.


Vintage Bracelet: 

In the early days of the Victorian era for example, bracelets were of utmost importance, worn on each wrist, sometimes two or three pairs at a time. Chain bracelets were the most popular style, usually fastened with a hand or a filigree covered heart padlock. Sometimes the clasps were coded with precious jewels or colored paste glass, with the first letter of the gemstone (Ruby, Emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, Diamond, Sapphire, Turquoise) spelling out words like “REGARDED” or “DEAREST.”


Cuff Bracelet:

A cuff is a wide usually rigid bracelet that is slipped onto the wrist through an opening at its ends. Beginning in the 19th century, Navajo and Zuni silversmiths produced cuffs for tourists traveling west on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, which made several stops in the Southwestern United States en route from Chicago to Los Angeles.


Vintage Earring:

Earrings are made in a wide range of materials like stone, kundan, rhinestones,pearls and styles. Studded earrings are small studs often metal balls or gemstones attached to a post that is held in place by a backing behind the earlobe. Hoops are circular or semi circular earrings and dangle earrings are earrings that hang below the earlobe and usually feature intricate designs or gemstones. Other popular styles are huggy earrings which cling tightly to your earlobe and slave earrings in which a stud is attached to an ear cuff by a chain.

Vintage Lockets:

Perhaps no other piece of jewellery carries more mystery and allure than an antique locket, a charm with a locking compartment. It could be a valuable, a token of love or a memorial for a deceased loved one. Lockets come in various shapes mostly commonly circles, ovals and hearts are attached to rings, brooches, necklaces and charm bracelets. In ancient times, a locket could carry medicines or herbs needed for spells. The contents of a locket might be intended to ward off evil spirits.


Vintage Pendants: 

A pendant is the part of a necklace that hangs from the chain. Some necklaces feature a single pendant or talisman like amulet, other necklaces are virtually strung with pendants. Solitary precious gemstones as well as settings holding clusters of jewels such as diamonds, rubies and emeralds are common, if expensive types of pendants.


Vintage Rings: 

Vintage rings are engagement rings and rings that are tokens of love. In the Victorian era from 1837 to 1901, rings with the word “Mizpah” on them were worn by couples and lovers separated by war or travel. Usually these rings were simple bands of silver or gold, with “Mizpah” standing boldly in relief on the outside of the ring. For engagement rings diamonds or amethysts set in platinum or gold  were common. Diamonds were often paired  with pearls, rubies, emeralds, or sapphires. Sometimes a collection of stones was used, such as in the acrostic rings, in which the first letter in the  name of each stone spelled out the word “dearest”.


Vintage Hair Pin and Brooches : 

Some of the earliest brooches from ancient Roman times were shaped like simple rings or crescents. This style was also favored by the Vikings and medieval Europeans, who used them to secure collars around their necks. In their early history, brooches were worn by men as often as women. In the 15th century, brooches were more likely to be single stones or stones set side by side. Often a single stone would be at the center of an enameled flower, sometimes with a stem like those worn by the Duke of Burgundy.


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