Currently In Our Collection: Vintage & Estate Jewelry by Era

Author Corinne DiZoglio
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Date Aug 17, 2017

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Our Vintage & Estate Jewelry Collection has a constantly evolving selection of pieces from each jewelry era. On a daily basis, we love looking through the collection and finding new treasures. From Victorian to Retro, here are a few of our favorite pieces from each jewelry era that are currently in our cases!


Victorian (1837 - 1901)

1. VICTORIAN 14K ROSE GOLD ENAMEL CROSS
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2. VICTORIAN 18K YELLOW GOLD ENAMEL, CORAL & DIAMOND PIN/BROOCH
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3. VICTORIAN-STYLE 14K YELLOW GOLD DIAMOND EARRINGS
ESER5223 || $2,040 || SHOP NOW

Victorian jewelry was defined by its namesake, Queen Victoria of England (1819-1901). Inspired by the young Queen’s marriage to Prince Albert, early Victorian period jewelry was known for being romantic and sentimental. Our first featured Victorian piece, is a beautiful, antique Victorian 14k rose gold cross. Common motifs during the time include hands, hearts, love knots, vines, and leaves. This cross features a lovely leaf pattern in black enamel, and on the back you can see the inscription “From Mother June 19th, 1873.” Our next piece, an 18k yellow gold, enamel, coral, and diamond brooch, hits all the marks. Most pieces of the time were made from 18k gold, and the most popular item was the brooch. Coral was also a highly sought after jewelry material. Another popular stone used during the Victorian era was diamonds, particularly rose cut and old mine cut. These darling dangle earrings are 14k yellow gold and feature two old mine cut diamonds (1.04 cts) in a buttercup setting.

Art Nouveau (1890's - 1905)

ANTIQUE 14K YELLOW GOLD NEPHRITE JADE BANGLE
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Art Nouveau was a style that became popular towards the end of the Victorian era. It was inspired by natural forms, particularly the curved lines of flowers and plants. Here we have an antique 14k yellow gold bangle from 1905. The bangle features a floral and leaf design consistent with the era, and its center is set with one solitary polished oval jade stone.

Edwardian (1901 - 1910)

1. EDWARDIAN 18K WHITE GOLD DIAMOND RING
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2. ANTIQUE 18K YELLOW GOLD, PLATINUM PEARL & DIAMOND RING
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3. VINTAGE 14K ROSE GOLD RUBY & DIAMOND BYPASS RING
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The Edwardian era was defined by elegance and sophistication, an example set by England’s King Edward VII (1841-1910). Pieces of the time were designed to have a light, feminine feel. With the fashion of the time being very white, diamonds and pearls were the obvious stones of choice. Each of our featured Edwardian pieces include diamonds. We particularly love this 18k white gold diamond ring set with a .40 cts old mine cut surrounded by 16 rose and single cut diamonds. The ring also shows off milgraining, which was a new decorative technique and used frequently in jewelry of the time. Thanks to advances in metal fabrication, designers were able to start using platinum. This allowed for more delicate design work with intricate details. Next is a 18k yellow gold and platinum antique pearl ring set with three pearls and framed by 16 old mine cut diamonds. Lastly we have a vintage 14k rose gold ruby and diamond bypass ring, which symbolizes two souls coming together as one.

Art Deco (1920's - 1930's)

1. ART DECO PLATINUM SAPPHIRE & DIAMOND PENDANT/PIN
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2. ART DECO PLATINUM DIAMOND RING
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3. ART DECO PLATINUM DIAMOND RING
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Art Deco jewelry was characterized by bold, geometric designs. Straight lines were a key component of the style, and, like the Edwardian era, most pieces were very diamond intensive. The first piece we show above is a diamond and sapphire pendant set in platinum. The pendant is set with a .25 ctw old European cut diamond in the center with 61 old European cut diamonds and 18 fancy cut sapphires surrounding it creating an Art Deco geometric design. Both of our featured Art Deco rings are platinum, which continued to be the metal of choice, and are dripping in diamonds. The first exemplifies the geometric Art Deco style with rows of 28 single cut diamonds on both sides and surrounding the 1.27 ctw old European cut diamond in the center. The second ring is from the 1920’s and is set with a 1.15 ctw old European cut diamond in the center and two .9 ctw old European cut diamonds on either side. These three are surrounded by 56 old mine and old European cut diamonds.

Retro (1935 - 1955)

RETRO 14K TWO-TONE GOLD CARVED AQUAMARINE & DIAMOND PIN
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Retro jewelry was greatly influenced by World War II. One of the most popular pieces of jewelry of the time were pins. Women would often use bold, feminine pins to soften the severity of the wartime era’s distinctly masculine fashions. These pins came in all sorts of designs including bows, butterflies, and flowers. Here we have a retro two-tone pin set with two carved aquamarines and 22 single cut diamonds that all together make a beautiful bouquet design.

Which jewelry era is your favorite? Browse our full vintage & estate online collection or visit us in stores to see more estate jewelry!

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