antique jewellery

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT ANTIQUE JEWELLERY?

DARE TO BE DIFFERENT!

Antique pieces are unique.  So even if there was a trend, for example London Bridge rings were popular in late Victorian times, and diamond daisy cluster rings were a trend in the 1920s and 1930s, each one would be a one-off in terms of the gemstones used, and the setting made, i.e. they were not mass produced.

Of course, buying something unique means you won’t see anyone else wearing one!

STANDING THE TEST OF TIME

As antique pieces are generally handmade, they tend to be well made and have a finesse that is difficult to recreate in modern mass-produced pieces.

Depending on how old the piece is, the diamonds will have been hand cut.  The antique diamond rings that we select reflect a charm and character not often seen in modern diamond rings, where the diamonds are laser cut and therefore very precise in cut and perfectly matched.

INVESTING IN HISTORY

There are different cuts that were popular at different times which can help us date a piece.  For example, Old Mine cut diamonds were cut in the late 1800s, Early Modern Brilliant cut diamonds in the 1920s/1930s.  For early pieces, they were designed with the consideration that they would be seen in candle light.  And that scintillation is mesmerising.

Not all antique pieces are hallmarked – they either didn’t start off with one or it has worn off over time.  If there is a crisp hallmark, we can identify where and when it was made and sometimes even who made it.  This all adds to the fascination of owning an antique piece.

 

BECOMING A COLLECTOR

Collectors can be defined as someone who has more than 1 of a certain type of object!  It’s nice to be able to add to your or someone else’s collection.  With collections of antique objects, there’s usually a hunt involved which makes it all the more special.

KEEPING IN VOGUE

Certain styles are timeless.  For example, the Art Deco aesthetic has never gone out of fashion.  Other styles come in and out of fashion, or a celebrity or movie will popularise something. For example, pocket watches came back into vogue with the TV show Sherlock Holmes.

 

BE UNIQUE, BUY ANTIQUE!

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