Most women have a few vintage jewellery items in their collection, and should you be looking to add to your collection with a few vintage necklaces, here are a few tips on how to identify vintage jewellery.
- Identifying Styles – Each era has its own unique style and this can be a good indicator of when a piece was made. The Art Deco period is always a popular choice, with rich colour and the emphasis firmly on glamour, whether necklaces or bracelets, Art Deco jewellery can be found on established antique dealers’ websites. This early 20th century era produced some amazingly bold designs, while Art Nouveau is more flowing curves and graceful lines, and most women would have something Art Deco in their collection, especially the girl who likes bold accessories.
- Understand The Mean Of The Term “Vintage” – Technically speaking, a vintage jewellery item could be anything from 20 to 99 years old, yet if a piece is made in the 1920s, it might be regarded as antique. Antique jewellery should be at least a century old, and with online dealers with affordable vintage jewellery for sale, you can browse their extensive catalogue from the comfort of your own home.
- Platinum And White Gold – This is a very common combination on Art Deco jewellery, along with semi-precious stones, and striking lines and deep, rich colours and geometric shapes. Abstract geometrical shapes were all the rage in the 1920s, and both platinum and gold were commonly used in the making of Art Deco jewellery.
- Pink And Rose Gold – This is a sign of the Retro period, when rubies were all the rage, and jewellery made from the 1960s to 1980s could be described as Retro. Rubies and emeralds were commonly used, along with amber, and there is a wide range of styles within the Retro period. The term ‘Retro” refers to modern things that have a connection with the past, and when you consider the variations from the 60s to 80s, you realise how wide this category really is.
- Do Some Online Research – We often forget that Google can help us in so many ways, and if you can find a couple of hours over the weekend, there are lots of online resources to help you learn more about vintage and antique jewellery, and it is free!
The best thing to do when looking for either antique or vintage jewellery, is to source an established UK antique dealer, and he would have an extensive catalogue of vintage necklaces of every style. Once you have found what you’re looking for, simply proceed to checkout and the item(s) will be shipped to your home address, and rather than having to spend an entire day driving around the countryside looking for antique dealers, Google will help you in that regard.
If the item has not been bought or sold frequently, there’s a good chance to get some history, which really does help you to appreciate the piece more, and it also gives you a good idea when it was made.