Throughout time jewellery has always been an important commodity in society, dating as far back as Ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt. It has been used as a symbol of wealth and power, with the amazing craftsmanship and extremely rare materials used to make vintage jewellery one of the most expensive commodities in the world. If you are looking to invest in a stunning piece of vintage jewellery, we’re here to introduce some of the most famous jewellery eras!

Victorian

Firstly we have the Victorian era, spanning from 1837 to 1880. This is sometimes also referred to as the Romantic period, which was heavily influenced by the Renaissance, Gothic Culture and also Ancient Greek and Roman mythology. This was heavily reflected in the extravagant and opulent designs. Victorian jewellery featured the highest quality gold and gemstones, alongside human hair in some circumstances for sentimental value. Moving later into the 1800’s, pieces became slightly more refined which are particularly popular with modern consumers.

The Victorian era is particularly popular for vintage engagement rings, with more simple pieces featuring beautiful gemstones or more extravagant pieces with stunning cluster designs.

Edwardian

Another very famous vintage jewellery era is the Edwardian period, from 1901 to 1915, and although the era was short, the jewellery created was breathtaking. With a focus on light, delicate and intricate designs, this really gave room to allow the gemstones to shine through. Emeralds, rubies and sapphires did regularly feature, but usually alongside diamonds which were used as the main focal point in any piece.

In terms of motifs, it was common to see things like delicate bows, ribbons and flowers, which were facilitated by the increased use of platinum. Three stone designs were very common in this era, utilising either three simple diamonds or one colourful gemstone with diamonds either side.

Art Deco

Perhaps one of the most famous jewellery eras of all time is Art Deco. panning from 1915 to 1935, this era was inspired by the post-war art movements, architecture and feelings of freedom and rebellion. Strong colours, bold designs and sharp lines were all very common, creating pieces that embody glamour and luxury. As with the Edwardian period, the increasing use of platinum made this possible. Art Deco engagement rings embodied all of this completely, with emerald and asscher cut diamonds dominating.

Also, this time was responsible for a new wave of feminism where women began to rebel against traditional ideas of feminism. One way in which this was done was through their clothing and accessories, breaking norms and testing boundaries.

Final Thoughts

Beautiful pieces from hundreds if not thousands of years ago continue to circulate and maintain their exquisite quality as a result of the fantastic craftsmanship that was required in a time before mass production. There are so many beautiful pieces, so before you buy a brand new piece of jewellery, explore the vintage market and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

By Kratos