Category: Materials

All about the materials we find in antique items. Some of these can be quite different from modern ones. It is important to learn about antique materials as it helps us to date a piece more accurately.

Discontinued Materials

Some products have been discontinued today, that is we no longer use them for various reasons. They may have been replaced by something better or outlawed because they were dangerous. For example, we no longer have lead in paintwork due to the dangers of poisoning. Other materials, for example, Whitby Jet are very collectable nowadays.  This is not available in any quantity to today’s manufacturer.

You will find out about items from the past and how they were used in the manufacture of antiques. Also how to look after them today so that they remain in the best possible condition.

 

Please do let me know if there are any you would like covered which I have not yet included in the section.

Enamel Jewellery Bright and Permanent Colour

If you take a look around AntiquesAvenue you will always see plenty of pieces of vintage enamel jewellery and now there are special collections dedicated especially to it. Just take a look at these enamel brooches for example. I love how the bright colours shine out from the jewellery and I’m not the...

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How To Buy Vintage Jewellery

How to buy Vintage Jewellery. Do you buy vintage jewellery regularly? If so this post is probably not for you. It’s for the complete novice or those will just a few pieces of vintage jewellery looking to buy more.  As the owner of AntiquesAvenue, I buy a lots more jewellery...

antique agate jewellery

Antique Agate Jewellery

Antique Agate Jewellery Back in 2010 I made a video for YouTube on antique agate jewellery . Looking at it again today I have just realised how popular agate jewellery is.  Wow, The video has over 7000 hits! There are loads of you who like antique agate jewellery.  About Agate Agate jewellery...

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Pinchbeck Antique Faux Gold

Have you heard the term “Pinchbeck” used when referring to antique jewellery and wondered what it meant? It’s a Victorian Jewellery term which is much overused. Here’s what I’ve learnt about it so far. Pinchbeck is named after its inventor Christopher Pinchbeck who was a London clockmaker and is thought to have lived about...

Victorian Costume Jewellery

Victorian Costume Jewellery

The Victorians loved jewellery of all kinds and when they couldn’t afford precious stones and metals they wore jewellery made from non-precious materials which we now know as Costume Jewellery. Victorian Costume Jewellery Influences: There were two main influences on the jewellery during the Victorian era i) Queen Victoria’s influence...

Antique Garnet Jewellery , is it Real?

Antique Garnet Jewellery Antique garnet jewellery is very collectable today but can you tell the difference between the antique and the newer brooch. I’ve just put two lovely garnet brooches onto the website today which on first glance look very much the same but detailed examination reveals a lot of...

Abalone Shell Blue Green Beauty

Abalone Shell The abalone shell has been prized since ancient times for its decorative qualities. Water tumbled pieces can be found naturally smooth and beautiful, these could have been made into pendants, charms and amulets without todays sophisticated tools.   No wonder people like the Apache Indians used it in...

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...

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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...

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...