The Modern History of Necklaces
Necklaces may be one of the earliest types of jewellery worn by humans. Over the years they have served ceremonial, religious, magical, and funerary purposes. Today in the west, they’re mostly used to accentuate a particular fashion style or worn to symbolise wealth and status.
A Guide to the Different Types of Antique Diamond Cuts
Deciding your next diamond jewellery purchase can be a confusing process. To help, we’ve created a ‘Diamond Cut Guide’ to help you identify and differentiate between the diamond cuts most commonly found in vintage and antique jewellery.
Why Antique Jewellery is Better for the Environment
Precious metals, diamonds and gemstones are mined, shifted, refined and, eventually, the components come together as a piece of jewellery. This long process can be tough on the environment and, in an increasingly eco-conscious world, it has never been more important to reduce the impact that jewellery manufacturing has on the planet.
Popular Vintage Engagement Ring Settings
Engagement rings of different styles are always coming in and out of fashion, with different eras bringing different trends. Some of these trends stand the test of time and become staples, others get left behind. Here are some of the most popular vintage engagement ring settings recorded throughout history, sorted by the era in which they were popularised.
The Characteristics of Georgian Jewellery
The Georgian era (1714 – 1837) takes its name from four of the five kings that ruled during the period; George I, II, III and IV. It was a period of vast change, exemplified by the early stages of the industrial revolution and the formation of the United States of America.
How Opal Was Used In Art Deco Jewellery
Opals were used widely in jewellery from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, and well-preserved antique pieces of opal jewellery – brooches, rings, and necklaces – from those eras are now widely desired. The unique play of colour in each opal stone means that opal jewellery is incredibly versatile, and extremely popular amongst lovers of antique jewellery.