Labradorite to Lustre

Part L of the A to Z of Vintage Jewellery, Labradorite to Lustre Labradorite A greyish gemstone with flashes of rainbow colour Lace Pin A very small brooch which was used to pin together folds in lace  – the pin on the back is generally linger than the pin itself Lalique Famous French designer originally…

Keeper to Kunzite

Part  K , A-Z of  Vintage Jewellery This is the shortest so far, K is not a popular starting letter for jewellery terms. Keeper, A keeper keeps a piece of jewellery in place. The butterfly backs on your earrings are and example of keepers. Others are the clutches we place on the base of stick or…

Jensen

Jabot to Junk

Part J of AntiquesAvenue’s A-Z of Vintage Jewellery Jabot Pin:  A double ended pin which is worn in a ruff or tie pin. Its like a stick pin but with the keeper being very decorative. The pin passes through the material twice and fastens at the front. Jade  A green hardstone popular in the Orient….

Pinchbeck Antique Faux Goldinchbeck

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  1670 to  1732. He invented…

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 on Jewellery style can be…

Fobs and Charms, whats the difference ?

Fobs and Charms As visitors to my antique shop will know I have quite an excellent selection of antique and vintage charms and fobs for sale. Examining a quantity of this today ( from a wonderful charm necklace) it occurs to me that there is little or no difference between many fobs and charms and…