GEORGIAN – Georgian era jewelry was crafted between 1714 and 1837, which encompassed the reign of the Hanoverian kings of Great Britain, George I through George IV. Georgian era jewelry is highly coveted by collectors due to the rarity of their existence. The majority of the Georgian era jewelry sold today is from the beginning of the 1800s. The jewelry of the era was designed with many florid details including floral designs and scrollwork. The artisans of the time utilized precious and semi-precious stones and generally used 18kt gold or higher, which further highlighted the beauty of the stones.
VICTORIAN – The Victorian era spans the reign of Queen Victoria, which lasted from 1835 – 1890. Victorian era jewelry was inspired by romance. The designs mirrored the sentimentality of the era and were inspired by the natural world from animals to plants. The artists took full advantage of all semi-precious and precious stones in their creations. To the designers of the era, all stones from fine to the most humble were beautiful and able to further enhance their jewelry. The pieces were mostly created using yellow gold but accented with silver to further illuminate, in particular, the diamonds.
ART NOUVEAU – Art Nouveau jewelry was designed from 1895 until 1915. This jewelry style originated in Paris but quickly spread through the Western world. The designers were inspired by all the movement found in nature. The artists mimicked the undulating patterns by featuring the female form with sensual use of line and decorative designs. The jeweler’s imagination is what shined in pieces from this era. Jewelers further embodied movement by using animals in the designs from snakes, grasshoppers and peacocks to animals that exist on the fantasy world such as dragons and gryphons. Gemstones were used to accentuate the jeweler’s design rather than as the main attraction. Vibrant colors were all the rage and were incorporated by the use of pique-à-jour enameling, champlevé enameling and other methods.
VINTAGE – Pieces that are 20 years or older and individually crafted are considered vintage jewelry. We hand select our vintage pieces from a network of local, domestic and international sources. In many cases we purchase hundreds of pieces of jewelry at once, enabling us to purchase at a great discount and therefore pass on an excellent value to our customers. Our staff looks forward to assisting you whether you’re new to vintage pieces or adding to your vintage jewelry wardrobe. Please feel free to call or stop by the store for some personal attention.