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…

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….

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…

Georgian Lace Pins

About Georgian Lace Pins

About Georgian Lace Pins Ive found an area of collecting which allows you to buy genuine antiques, over 200 years old at under a £100 each. There is a huge variety available in the decoration and gemstones and are they are wearable too. Georgian lace pins are much undervalued in my opinion. Let’s take a…

Mizpah Jewellery for Parted Lovers

I love victorian brooches and often come across sentimental pieces from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. They are so very pretty and I imagine the original owners and those who gave them. Some types were particularly popular such as those with Mizpah written on them. Mizpah jewellery was given between parted lovers . The pieces all have…

Quick Guide to Stick Pins, Tie Pins and Lapel Pins

Quick Guide to Stick Pins Stick Pins, Tie Pins, Lapel Pins, what are they and how do they work?  Here is your Quick Guide to Stick Pins. This is a little piece of jewellery from the past, something traditionally worn by a gentleman and occasionally still being seen at formal occasions. They are the same…

Value antique and vintage jewellery

Value Antique and Vintage Jewellery

One thing everyone wants to know about their antique and vintage jewellery is : What’s it worth? The one question I always get asked and try not to answer for people is: Can you value antique and vintage jewellery? The reason I don’t like valuing is what occurs when you tell someone its worth little….