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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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Diamond-Engagement-Rings
Recently in the news there have been many stories of Jewelry thefts. In 2017 on the BBC world news was the story of how thieves had tunnelled through several feet of reinforced concrete to get into a safety deposit used by many of the top antique jewelry dealers based in London, and even though most...
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Period and Antique Collections Chicago
Beverley and Stephen Forward bring a special touch to their period and antique collections at their Beverley R boutique.  “Antique jewelry has a soul,” says Beverley Forward, explaining the passion for antique and period jewelry that she shares with Stephen Forward, her British-born husband and business partner in Beverley R Ltd., their boutique located on...
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Antique & Vintage Brooches Chicago
Antique brooches or pins as they are more commonly called in the US. have changed greatly in design over the ages, and this has been mainly dictated by the changes styles and fashions of clothes during the different antique periods. I say mainly, because there have been other factors, such as the discovery of an...
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Antique Cameo & Intaglio Jewelry
The difference between these two items of antique jewelry, even though they both involve the carving of the gemstone is that antique cameos are carvings in which the design stands out in relief from its background, where as an intaglio is a gem in which the design is carved into the surface of the stone....
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Antique Dealers in Chicago
There is a saying in the modern day marketing industry: ‘Sex Sells’ and this was just as true back in the Georgian and Victorian periods, very often depicted in antique intaglio and cameo rings. However the antique jewelry erotica was much more tastefully done than a lot of the ‘sex’ marketing of today. Annette Curtis,...
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Antique Engagement Rings Chicago
As a refresher, I would like to go through the different periods of Antique Jewelry, with pictures of the different styles, which can be found at Beverley R Antique Jewelry here in Chicago. 1/ Victorian cluster ring with a Cushion cut diamond center, and old mine cut diamond surround, circa 1880. Georgian Jewelry. from 1800-1835 This...
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Antique Engagement Ring Chicago
You’re ready to take your relationship to the next step and pop the big question. Engagement is a major decision. So, you can’t buy just any ring for the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. You want to get your soon-to-be life partner a ring that you both can be...
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