About Gold Antique Jewellery

I look at the pieces of gold antique jewellery I have for sale and use the word “gold” in different ways.  Its quite a complex area as there is a wide range of the way we use it.  From something that is simply gold in colour through to 24 carat . This article explains the ways the words gold antique jewellery…

16 inch glass necklaces

In Praise of the 16 inch Necklace

This is in Praise of the 16 inch necklace. It is a much under-rated piece of jewellery which a great pretty as its highly decorative. Many ladies will not consider less than 18 inches for their neck wear but please do think again. For smaller and medium ladies the 16 inch vintage necklace will sit around…

Collecting Cameo Jewellery

Not long ago the antique cameo jewellery was seen as out of date, old fashioned and something only worn by old Grannies. That was such a shame as it meant that many wonderful examples were hidden in jewellery boxes, out of sight just waiting for their time to come again. Nowadays they  are quite fashionable and they have been brought…

Marcasite Jewellery Care and Storage

Every wondered about Marcasite Jewellery Care? Marcasite jewellery lasts a long time if handled with care and cleaned and stored correctly. The stones can be fragile and they can easily become loose and fall out if not treated correctly. Keep them dry  so never put them into an ultrasonic machine or treat them with harsh chemicals. Silver…

Sapphires – Septembers Birthstone

Welcome September. Those of you who have a birthday this month have ourselves a beautiful gemstone the sapphire. Septembers birthstone is a  precious gemstone which, along with its sister stone the Ruby is second only to Diamonds in hardness. This makes the stones particularly suitable for use in jewellery of all kinds including sapphire rings…

Collecting Miracle Jewellery

Miracle Jewellery is one of the more collectable names in British costume jewellery. Made from the 1940s until the late 1900s, It is usually easily recognisable by its strong Scottish or Celtic styling. Also look for the maker’s name on the reverse. They made lots of brooches, pendants, bracelets and possible rings too. Miracle is actually a…

Diamante Sparkle Like Diamonds

Diamante Jewellery sparkles and shines like diamonds and other coloured gemstones. You will find that very much more affordable than the real thing.  It is made of high-quality lead glass the designers varied the stones in shape and size to suit. In the USA these stones are known as Rhinestones. During the Georgian and Victorian eras, the…

Saphiret Glass

Saphirets are one of the most collectable of all glass costume jewellery stones.  It is thought that Saphiret  was first made in Czechoslovakia in the Victorian era when real gold was added to a sapphire blue coloured glass. Later on the price of gold rose and it became to expensive to produce. This mixture resulted in a…

Victorian Mourning Black

Black was very popular in Victorian times especially as part of the cult of mourning which followed the death of Prince Albert. Heres a quick tour of Victorian Mourning Black In those days the Queen set the fashions of the day and when her husband died in 1861 she went into deep mourning for him. This…