Antique Eras

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.

EDWARDIAN – The Edwardian period began following the death of Queen Victoria when her son Edward reigned from 1901-1910. The jewelry of this time period was truly decadent, from the materials used to the designs created by the jewelry artists of the era. The more intricate and detailed the jewelry of the era, the more it was loved.  The jewelers crafted the pieces in platinum or gold, which were then covered in platinum. New advancements in technology allowed the craftsman to utilize platinum in new ways. The artisans were able to use platinum to create delicate and intricate designs that often resembled garland, ribbons and wreaths.

ART DECO – Art Deco jewelry was designed from 1915-1935 and was named after the 1925 Exposition International des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, which was held in Paris. Art deco jewelry incorporated geometric lines and angles to create remarkable distinctive pieces. Inspiration was drawn from Oriental, South American, Greek Roman and ancient Egyptian art and architecture.

RETRO – Retro jewelry was created between 1945 and 1960 and was strongly influenced by the Golden Age of Hollywood. The jewelry of this age was designed in rose and rosy colored yellow gold due to the use of platinum during WWII. The jewelry was bold, dramatic and dripping with glamour like the leading ladies that inspired the designers from Greta Garbo to Joan Crawford and all the iconic stars of the era.

MID-CENTURY – Mid-Century jewelry was designed from the 1950s through the 1960s. Platinum and diamonds were all the rage. The craftsmen of this time were still inspired by the ladies of the silver screen from Elizabeth Taylor to Marilyn Monroe. The jewelry embraced the opulence and jubilation of the era utilizing stones of all colors with abstract designs and eye-catching shine.

THE SIXTIES – The counter culture of the era was a vibrant and inspiring group for the jewelry artisans of the time. Their focus was taking art off the walls of a gallery and designing for a new canvas, the 60s woman. The jewelry was asymmetrical and geometrical inspired by the pop art of the era and mostly crafted in yellow gold.