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Art deco jewelry was born in the roaring 20s when social change for women was reflected in women’s style with short hair and dresses adorned with jewelry inspired by many cultures’ art. Geometric shapes, intricate designs, and other complex patterns were surrounded by encrusted diamonds for decadent jewelry representing the rebellion of women during the...
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Antique Engagement Ring Chicago
One of the most anticipated moments for a soon to be bride is the time-bending few seconds it takes between “will you marry me?” and the opening of the ring box. But do you know your Georgian jewelry from retro, diamond cuts and stone quality? While it may seem hard to get the perfect piece...
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During the second world war, there was an obvious reduction in the making of antique jewelry, the war was very expensive, and much of the precious metals needed for making antique jewelry was heavily taxed. But as the war came to an end in 1945; gone were the wartime privations, and the years of somber...
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Antique, Vintage & Period Jewelry is very often hand made by craftsmen, and has been designed to stand the test of time, and to last, which when compared to most modern jewelry which is so often mass produced seems only to last only for the fashion cycle that the jewelry was manufactured in. Having said...
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Diamond Flower Brooch Chicago
As I have said in previous blogs, to the Europeans, antique jewelry is considered to be pieces that are over 100 years old. Other pieces would be described as Period Jewelry such as Edwardian, Art deco and Retro Jewelry. Also as I have said previously many Americans lump this altogether with secondhand pieces, and call...
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American Antique Jewelry
When it comes to antique jewelry, in real terms USA is a very young country, and does not have the long history of most of Europe. And many parts of Europe do not have the ancientness of many parts of the East. When America was first colonized, making fine pieces of ‘antique’ jewelry was not...
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In my last Blog we looked at mainly Victorian Engagement rings. But rings were not just by lovers, they were also exchanged by friends, and back in the Victorian period both engagement rings and friendship rings were very often symbolic, or contained inscriptions. Many times engagements or unions were symbolized by the wearing of intaglio,...
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Victorian Engagement Rings Chicago
Love, Marriage & Friendship In this modern day and age, when a man is purchasing an engagement ring, the norm is to spend about 25% of the yearly salary. Well, I am sorry ladies, but for engagement rings, you are living in the wrong time period. During the early to middle part of the Victorian...
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Dress Ring Chicago
In 1901, the Illustrated London News commented that “it is actually the fashion in Paris and therefore becoming so [in London], to wear a large ring on every finger, even two or three stacked on some fingers.” This was the onset of the “dress ring” that we now think of it. Before the Edwardian period,...
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Vintage Jewelry in Chiago
Whenever prospective buyers come into my Beverley R Jewelry shop and ask about vintage jewelry, my first question is, “What do you mean by vintage jewelry?” The term “vintage jewelry” has come to be viewed as synonymous with “antique jewelry”, which is not the case. The word “vintage” originally was always connected to wine, and...
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