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 hard stone or pebble brooches…

Antiques Postage and Packaging Charges

Antiques Basics 21 Beginners Tips

Are you interested in antiques? When you first start it can be so confusing. Here are 20 antiques basics which I hope will help Antiques Basics Antiques are 100 years old The legal definition is that a piece needs to be 100 years old to be called an antique. Less than that it is vintage, collectable,…

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 Prom was a very…

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 but here is a bit…

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 that the high-fashion magazines such…

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 flat link which sits nicely…

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 time periods where the antique…

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 expensive gems although they often…

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 a heavier weight of silver…

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. A blue violet gemstone which…