Antique Jewelry and Jewelry History

Evaluating antique gemstone jewelry and examples of different styles of gemstone jewelry from various eras.

Antique Jewelry and Jewelry History

  • Antique Engagement Rings

    You’ve decided the glitzy bling of modern engagement rings lacks uniqueness and your wandering interest has been piqued by the allure of antique engagement rings. There’s an unmistakable character and style about them that modern rings are…

  • Aquamarine Bracelet
    Guide to Georgian Period Antique Jewelry

    GEORGIAN PERIOD – 1714-1837 The Georgian Period of jewelry design covers the reign of four English kings named George: George I, II, III, and IV. Even though the name of the period is English derived, the English alone were not responsible for…

  • Early History of Jewelry: Ancient Times to the 17th Century

    It seems that every person between the ages of 8 and 18 knows the story of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Froto the hobbit and his journey through the Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings. Gemstones and jewelry have been a part of…

  • Memorial Locket Victorian Period
    Mid-Victorian Period Jewelry – The Grand Period – 1861-1885

    mid-Victorian era – 1861-1885 – The Grand Period In 1861, Prince Albert passed away and the American Civil War started; both incidents bring an abrupt halt to the whimsical romance of the early Victorian years. The Grand Period…

  • Mizpah Victorian Period
    Late Victorian Period Jewelry – 1885-1901

    The populace is tired of the stiff and brooding decorum of the middle Victorian years and wanted to kick off its heavy trappings.  Jewelry is almost completely machine-produced. However, many jewelers bridled under the onslaught of mass produced…

  • Acrostic Ring
    Early-Victorian Period Jewelry – 1837-1860 – The Romantic Period

    The Early Victorian Period of jewelry design began with Queen Victoria’s ascension to the throne in 1837 and ended with her death in 1901. As England’s longest reigning monarch, Victoria’s span as queen saw enormous changes in industry,…

  • The History of Lapidary

    Where did gem cutting get its start? Gem cutting, or lapidary, most certainly got its start as an offshoot of mundane everyday activities. A stone may have fallen into a fire where the heat caused it to break or flake. Perhaps a sharp edge…

  • Belle Époque jewelry inspired custom jewelry piece
    Belle Époque Jewelry

    The Belle Époque (1890-1915) encompassed three jewelry design periods: Art Nouveau, the Arts and Crafts movement, and Edwardian. The “Beautiful Era” was a time of increasing wealth and flourishing arts. When cinema boomed, movie stars,…

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