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...

Jewellery Eras

Jewellery Eras Georgian to 1970s

Here at AntiquesAvenue, I lovethe different jewellery eras from the  Georgian era through to the 1970s – covering around 200 years. During this time lots of changes took place in fashions, the materials available and the techniques used to make the jewellery. We can roughly divide the 200 years into several...

Pendant

PPPPick up a Perfect Pendant

Intro / what is a pendant? A pendant is any decorative object that we can hang from a chain around our necks. The very earliest vintage pendant would have been a decorative piece of wood or bone or a stone with a hole in it. They don’t have to be...

Vintage Silver Jewellery 1960s and 1970s

Vintage Silver Jewellery 1960s and 1970s Some of the best Jewellery buys around are from the 1960s and 1970s vintage silver jewellery. The material suited the casual and relaxed fashions of the times and so it was used to create some wonderful jewellery.  The pieces are normally better made, more stylish and have...

Talisman to Tussie Mussie

Talisman to Tussie Mussie

Part T, Vintage Jewellery A-Z Talisman, A piece which is supposed to bring luck or fight the evil eye. Can also be called an amulet or a charm. Used since ancient times when the Amulet originally had zodiac signs carved into it. These days the three words are interchangeable. Tanzanite....

solje

Sapphire to Synthetic

Part S of the Vintage Jewellery A-Z Sapphire A beautiful gemstone most commonly seen in the blue variety. Along with Ruby it is second only in hardness to Diamond which makes it a very hardwearing stone suitable for jewellery including rings. Sardonyx A variety of onyx hardstone which has red/...

Reverse Crystal to Russian

Terms beginning with the letter R  – Vintage Jewellery A-Z Reverse Crystal – see Intaglio Rhinestone Imitation diamond or coloured gemstone made from glass crystal. Popular in costume jewellery from the 1920s to nowadays. Ribbon The Victorians used ribbons to hang large pendants and lockets from – softer and lighter...

Quartz

Quartz Part Q Antiques Directory

Quartz – Part Q AntiquesAvenue’s A-Z of Vintage Jewellery. The letter Q with Quartz getting an article all to its self. Quartz is a group of semi-precious gemstones which is very important to our jewellery.   These include the crystal clear Rock Crystal, purple amethyst, Yellow Citrine, Rose Quartz (...