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Platinum and Gem set rings from the 193040 era
The Covid 19 Pandemic has had a negative effect on many businesses, with lock downs, social distancing and a limit on the number of customers you can have in any Vintage/Estate Jewelry establishment. At Beverley R Antique Jewelry here in Chicago we are operating a ‘By Appointment Only’ operation to keep our clientele safe, and...
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In real and historical terms America is still a young country, and like any young country antique jewelry designs and its making were not considered priorities in the formative years. In the major cities in the US it was starting to become popular in the very late 1800’s, but for the rest of the country...
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Rings of significance and rings for show. They have adorned the fingers of Royalty and the Aristocracy, and ordinary people. Infinitely precious yet unobtrusive, personal and enigmatic, estate rings speak to us in a language that defies time.   Vintage rings are unique among personal adornments; no other piece of antique jewelry carries such a...
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Antique Estate Jewelry
For the purist, antique jewelry has to be over a hundred years old to be regarded as a true antique piece. When I first started in the antique jewelry business over 30 years ago. Art Deco Jewelry from the 1920′ and 30’s would have been regarded as Estate or Vintage jewelry, now however in the...
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At present the antique jewelry industry due to the pandemic is also in lock down, even antique and art deco engagement ring sales have virtually disappeared as couples postpone wedding plans. Antique jewelry by its very name makes one think of history of times past, so for this blog we are going to take this...
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Before we look specifically at antique jewelry, I would like to look at the word important. In many ways the English Language can be rather limiting as the same word can have a myriad of different meanings and connotations. Important antique jewelry can also be taken in the sense of valuable antique jewelry specifically referring...
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Antique Engagement Rings
Going back to the Antique Victorian period, there were two main different styles for engagement rings. Firstly this was a time period where platinum had not been discovered for the purposes of jewelry, so the main two metals used were silver and gold. Vintage jewelry has been timeless in the fact that gold has always...
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Antique Victorian Jewelry
The accession to the throne of the eighteen year old Queen Victoria in 1837 marked the beginning of a new era. There were three main fashion periods, but the queen herself, and her own personal tastes in both fashion and antique jewelry in the first part of her reign were very influential, and new antique...
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Dress-Ring
The birth of the necklace is to start at the very beginning of the history of antique jewelry itself. At some unrecorded moment forever lost in the uncertainties of a pre-historic age the profound human need for self-adornment led to ornamental objects being pierced, threaded or woven and hung around the neck. More than likely...
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Diamond Earrings Chicago
Instead of a blog with information about antique and estate jewelry, for a change I thought we could look at some of the latest pieces of antique jewelry to be found at Beverley R, and the interesting history behind them. Georgian Vinaigrette This piece of antique jewelry dates back to about circa 1830, it is...
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