The Jewelry Insider

January 26, 2009

Information, shopping tips and expert advice on antique vintage necklaces. Learn all there is to know
about the origins, the designs and the styles of antique vintage necklaces, and find the one that suits you the most.

Vintage NecklaceWhen thinking of antique necklaces or vintage necklaces, our collective imagination
shows us a beautiful woman, her hair tied up, her skin lily white, and a
beautiful necklace is around her neck, and falling down her generous cleavage…
Yes, antique and vintage necklaces are the peak of romanticism.

The truth is that when talking about antique necklaces or vintage necklaces, we’re actually referring to many periods, of which the major ones are the Georgian period, Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco and Retro.

  • Georgian period (1760-1837) – handmade necklaces, with motifs from nature,
    using mostly diamonds, pearls, turquoise and amethyst stones.
  • Victorian Period (1835-1900) – split into early, mid and late Victorian: the
    early period is characterized by yellow gold, filigree work of gems and flowers;
    the mid Victorian era is characterized by the use of cameos and mosaics; and the
    late Victorians preferred miniature creatures as decorations.
  • Arts & Crafts Period (1894-1923) – is characterized by silver works
    paired with uncut and cabochon stones, and by strong, bright colors.
  • Art Nouveau (1890-1919) – fantastical creatures, mystical stones such as
    opal and moonstone and new materials such as ivory and copper.
  • Edwardian Period (1901-1919) – white gold and platinum, lace-like designs
    made of tiny gems or diamonds, and metal work.
  • Art Deco (1920-1935) – cubism style: geometric forms, angular patterns and
    strong colors.
  • Retro Period (1935-1955) – yellow gold, rose gold with colored stones, big
    features, an infusion of old and new lines and designs.

Knowing all this, we invite you now to browse around our collection of
beautiful necklaces and look for the antique necklace or the vintage necklace
that your heart desires. Would it be a delicate Edwardian piece? Or a strong Art
Deco necklace? Or maybe a romantic Victorian decoration? Whatever you fancy,
we’re sure you’ll enjoy the search, and find what you’re looking for right here.

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