Flatter Longer Fingers

Flatter Longer Fingers with a Princess Cut

A few days ago I was chatting about how a marquise shaped ring can make short fingers look long and elegant. The marquise shape is for ladies like me with short stubby fingers. But what about those lucky ladies who have long fingers already and want a ring or stone shape to suit? How do…

10 Vintage Jewellery Books Introductory Guides

I’ve been asked to recommend a good book for identifying vintage jewellery. I’m not sure there is just one which is more useful than all the others so I  thought it would be useful to put together my top ten Vintage Jewellery Books. These are in no particular order as their usefulness depends on what you…

Elegant Fingers

Elegant Fingers with the Marquise Shape

Elegant fingers with the Marquise shape Have you ever wished your fingers looked longer and more elegant? I know have. We see lovely long fingers modelling vintage rings and look at them enviously. Did you know that there is a shape of ring and gemstone that can help give the illusion that our fingers are more like…

Cleaning Vintage Silver Jewellery

Cleaning Vintage Silver Jewellery. Your Vintage Silver Jewellery will last not just your lifetime but for many lifetimes to come if you look after it well. In the past, I’ve written about cleaning it quickly using tin foil and bicarb. Many find this a bit daunting so here are some alternatives for cleaning vintage silver jewellery….

Different Types of Victorian Brooch

Types of Victorian Brooch Looking at the different types of Victorian Brooch. Just like today, the brooch was one of the most popular pieces of jewellery during the Victorian era. There were lots of different types of brooch worn in the 1800s. The range was huge and many of these are still available to the…

Intaglio

Illusion to Ivory

Illusion: An Illusion setting is when the surrounding of a gemstone is made so that it reflects the gemstone and makes it look bigger. Imitation: When one material is made specifically to look like another. For example, a paste stone or a clear diamante might imitate a diamond. Imperial Jade: Emerald green coloured translucent jade…

brass charm bracelet

What Age is my Old Charm Bracelet ?

Old  Charm Bracelet Do you own an old charm bracelet and have you ever wondered exactly how old it is?  I’m talking about the older type of charm bracelet where the attachments hang via an O-ring, not the modern sort where the chain goes through the charm itself. Of course, like me, you may have…

Buy Vintage Gold Jeweller

How to Buy Vintage Gold Jewellery

How to Buy Vintage Gold Jewellery Do you fancy a piece of antique or vintage gold jewellery? Perhaps a lovely antique brooch or a ring? It’s not quite the same as nipping down to your high street jewellers and buying new. You need a little knowledge or at least have a dealer you can trust…

amber jewellery care

Amber Jewellery Care

Amber Jewellery Care The price of amber jewellery has gone through the roof in recent years and it is now very collectable. Have you some nice amber pieces? Then you will want to know how to look after them.  Amber Jewellery Care Firstly, Take a look at the material the amber is set in. Often this…

aurora borealis jewellery

Aurora Borealis Jewellery with a Rainbow

Have you seen Aurora Borealis jewellery? It shines with all the colours of the rainbow or the Northern Lights it is named after. Aurora Borealis stones are really beautiful. They make up some of the loveliest pieces of vintage costume jewellery available. The Aurora Borealis ( or AB for short) effect This is actually a…