Vintage jewellery, which is also known as estate jewellery has been in vogue throughout the ages. These days, many collectors and common consumers seek out vintage bracelets, brooches, lockets, necklaces, pendants and rings. The people of today appreciate vintage jewellery for its aesthetics, elegance and timelessness. Here we take a look at the styles of vintage jewellery that correspond with various eras.
1714 to 1837: Georgian Jewellery
In that era, the master jewellers specialized in handcrafting Georgian periodical Jewellery. The value of a particular piece of jewellery depended on the materials that the jewellery was made of and the craftsmanship the jewellery went through. For instance, gemstone embedded jewellery was more valuable than silver or gold jewellery and complex and intricate designs were more valued than simpler styles. These days, vintage Georgian jewellery is considered extremely rare and valuable. Antique jewellery aficionados and collectors of today consistently seek out vintage jewellery from the Georgian era.
1837 to 1850: Early Victorian Jewellery
The romanticism of this era significantly affected the early Victorian jewellery. Often, nature-inspired designs like flower engravings, leaf patterns, vine filigree, etc. were used to design and engrave these pieces of jewellery. Vintage jewellery from the early Victorian period that is highly sought out these days includes inlayed lockets and brooches, set with precious gemstones like emeralds, rubies, sapphires and diamonds.
1860 to 1880: Mid-Victorian Jewellery
During the mid-Victorian era, mourning jewellery was the most commonly worn jewellery. Black gemstones like black diamond or onyx were mounted on mourning jewellery, and demure and grave designs were typical characteristics of these pieces. Wearing this type of vintage jewellery became a practice after the death of Queen Victoria’s husband. Brooches, lockets, pendants and rings, with simple styles and set with dark stones are the features of mid-Victorian mourning jewellery.
1885 to 1900: Late Victorian Jewellery
Jewellery that was both extremely feminine and elegant was quite common during the late Victorian era. The jewellery during this era was set with precious gemstones in pastel colours like diamonds, emeralds and spinel, and had intricate designs. The ladies of leisure of the late 1880s became well known for wearing brooches and hat pins.
1894 to 1923: Arts and Crafts Jewellery
The on-going industrial revolution served as inspiration for the arts and crafts jewellery of this era. Innovative machines and technologies were used to make this jewellery, and jewellers no longer handcrafted the jewellery. Thus,the jewellery of this era was complex, intricate, unique and unusual.
1901 to 1910: Edwardian Jewellery
It was when Queen Victoria and her son, Edward ascended to the throne that the Edwardian era began. The typical characteristics of the jewellery of this era were a festive theme, designed in bold and intricate patterns, and set with gemstones in joyous colours.
1940s: Retro Jewellery
During the early 1940s, intricately designed and bold jewellery was in vogue. The old Hollywood glamour was intended to be captured by retro jewellery. During this era, chandelier earrings with colourful gemstones set in them and large cocktail rings could be seen everywhere.
Thus, this was a brief overview of the history of vintage jewellery that is highly sought in the present era.
Author – Abigail Smith – Fashion Writer