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One of and most would say the best-known American Jeweler was Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) son of Charles Tiffany. And just as Charles Tiffany had a penchant for knowing the needs of antique jewelry of his generation, so also did his son sense the needs of vintage jewelry for his contemporaries. And unsurprisingly as each...
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The Traditional Styles: Back in 1901 the Illustrated London News reported that ‘it is actually the fashion in Paris and therefore becoming so here to wear a large ring on every finger, with two or three on some fingers. As is still common with contemporary jewelry even back in the period of the early 1900’s the styles...
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Rings are unique among personal adornments. No other piece of jewelry carries such a weight of symbolism. Rings can be enjoyed for themselves as objects of beauty, with mountings of different designs, some classic and timeless, others with their own quirky characteristics, or with the beauty and brilliance of the gemstones they carry; but equally...
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At one time for the collector who wanted to purchase Antique Jewelry the place to go was the United Kingdom, over anywhere else in Europe. The reason the UK had so much early Vintage Jewelry was because if you go back in history we have both the French and later the Russian revolutions, where the...
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The popularity of antique snake jewelry started in the Georgian and Edwardian periods. In the Victorian period, Prince Albert proposed a serpent engagement ring to Queen Victoria. This sparked newfound and widespread popularity for snake jewelry that continues today. Here are some fascinating things to know about antique snake jewelry and its long history. Queen Victoria Wore...
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It was not that long ago we had the Oscar awards shortly followed by the Grammy’s and of course all that one thinks about at present is the infamous slap by Will Smith on Kid Rock, but if one goes back to the early years, the awards were just as much about the fashion and...
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When one thinks of antique Art Deco jewelry, one firstly thinks of Platinum and Diamonds. In the early 1900’s as Americans grew more wealthy, diamond jewelry again became very popular; and with the resolution of the political situation in S. Africa, then the biggest producer of diamonds, an all diamond style – whiter than ever...
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Love Tokens February the 14th throughout the world is known as Valentine’s day, and before mentioning about the different antique jewelry pieces that were used as Valentine’s Day gifts; I would just like to look at the history of how Valentines day came about. No one is quite sure as to who St. Valentine was,...
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If you are deciding to buy antique jewelry pieces as gifts over the holiday period, here are some general guidelines for the buyer. For any purchase it is always good to do your ‘homework’ and ‘due diligence’, as the general rule of ‘Caveat Emptor’ buyer beware still applies today as much as it ever did....
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During the first part of the 1940’s the outbreak of war slowed down the production of the vintage jewelry industry in Europe. Precious metals became very rare, platinum was almost unobtainable, and gold was very scarce. The French ‘Banque de France’ forbade the sale of all precious metals, and those who wished to commission a piece...
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