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

  • Etruscan motif – antique engagement rings
    Antique Engagement Rings

    You can find many amazing antique engagement rings from a variety of time periods. Before you shop, learn more about these styles and how to identify them.

  • En Tremblant Brooch - Georgian jewelry
    A Guide to Antique Georgian Jewelry

    Authentic Georgian jewelry is rare. Before you buy, learn about the notable pieces and qualities of this antique style, including its intricate metal work.

  • 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…

  • Mesh Bracelet - Grand Period jewelry
    A Guide to Mid-Victorian Grand Period Jewelry

    The Mid-Victorian Period saw many changes in society and fashion. Learn what distinguishes Grand Period jewelry, particularly its opulent style and weight.

  • 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…

  • Lava Cameo – Romantic Period jewelry
    A Guide to Early Victorian Romantic Period Jewelry

    The Romantic Period marked the start of the Victorian Era. Learn about the typical qualities of Romantic Period jewelry, including its sentimental motifs.

  • 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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