Category: Jewelry

All about antique and vintage jewelry. This is one of Anne’s specialist subjects having written about it for many years. I know many of us just buy jewelry because we love it and it looks pretty or elegant to wear. However if we learn more about it  then we can often pick up a real bargain or avoid buying something newer than we were told it is.

Jewelry Anne Loves

I have a particular interest in British and European pieces from the Victorian era through to the 1970s. I like decorative wearable jewels which can be passed down the generations. Does it matter if its gold, silver or costume? Not as long as you know what you are buying and love the piece you get.

Gemstones are another favourite. Not big diamonds necessarily. Aquamarines, Citrines and pearls. Well carved shell cameos and brightly coloured enamels. Style is also very important with Jewelry. It needs to match your personal taste

Your Guide to Necklace Lengths and Styles

Jewellery has been  worn around the neck since ancient times. There are so many diferent necklace lengths and styles. Perhaps it was a simple stone with a hole in it strung on a plaited grass cord, or a tooth or something with real meaning to the person who wore it. As...

antique and vintage charms

Antique and Vintage Charms Buyers Guide

Are you interested in old antique and vintage charms? Maybe you are just starting a collection. This buyers guide will assist you in your choices. Antique and Vintage Charms Antique and vintage charms are highly collectible and most regularly added to bracelets but sometimes to other chains such as necklaces...

Whats the best a 9 or 18 carat gold ring ?

Whats the best a 9 or 18 carat gold ring? When you’re buying an antique or vintage ring have you ever wondered about the different carats of gold and which to choose? There is quite a prices difference between the two with a nine-carat gold ring being exactly half the price...

Secrets Your Antique Jeweler Doesnt Tell You

Secrets Your Antique Jeweler Doesnt Tell You

A selection of insider tips that you won’t usually hear. Secrets Your Antique Jeweler Doesnt Tell You.  These are myth busters for antique and vintage jewellery. Feel free to pass them on. Older is not always best 9ct gold can be better than 18ct Size isn’t everything You can wear too...

What is a Precious Gemstone ?

Have you ever heard of a Precious Gemstone? Is it a precious diamond or a precious sapphire? If it’s not then what is it? A gemstone is a colourful and beautiful natural stone dug out of the ground which can be used in wearable jewellery. There are over 100 different...

Jewelry

The Victorian Brooch Collect and Wear

The Victorian Brooch is one of the antiques we come across regular today.  The range and variety of antique brooches worn in the 1800s was huge and many of these are still available to the collector or vintage enthusiast. We still see Victorian cameos, Mourning brooches, sentimental flower brooches, Scottish...

vintage prom jewellery

Vintage Prom Jewellery 1950s Sparkles and Shines

Have you heard about a piece of jewellery described as a ” Prom necklace” or “Prom Bracelet”?Pieces of vintage prom jewellery are especially prized. Do you know that these are not a new fashion but that specialist prom jewellery has been about at least since the 1950s and probably before this?...

The Difference Between Cultured and Glass Pearls

The Difference Between Cultured and Glass Pearls

Do you have some pretty old pearls from the past? What is the difference between cultured and glass pearls?  Can you tell if they are real? Are they glass or plastic or have they been grown with a little help from man?  Looking at the pictures you just can’t tell...

Learn Antique and Vintage Brooches

Have you ever wanted to learn antique and vintage brooches?  They are without doubt available in a much wider range of shapes, patterns and colours that other jewellery piece.  It can be a statement, add a splash of colour, be a small point of interest or a bold statement. Have you noticed...

curb link chain

Guide to Curb Link Chains

Are you looking for a vintage chain? There are lots of different types and it can be confusing. Some are pretty but not very functional. Others simple and come in various widths and weights. Curb link chains are probably one of the easiest jewellery chains to wear. It has a...