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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/ brown bands with white bands…

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 weight than a chain. Also,…

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 ( a baby pink colour), Smokey quartz,…

Palladium to Pyrite

Palladium to Pyrite All things vintage jewellery related starting with the letter P – part of AntiqueAvenue’s  A-Z Palladium One of the Platinum metals , see below Parure Several pieces of matching jewellery created to be worn together. This could be necklace, brooch, earrings, bracelet which is a full Paure or nowadays called a full…

Obsidian to Opal

Obsidian to Opal Part O of the vintage jewellery A-Z Obsidian A dark black hard glass like material which has been formed in a volcano. It is sometimes seen in Mexican jewellery as it is found in that country amongst others. Obsidian can be shaped and carved before being set into jewellery. Old Cut In…

Necklace

Nacre to Nuvo

 Nacre to Nuvo. Part N of the Vintage Jewellery A-Z Nacre The pretty part of a pearl, the substance laid down by the oyster which makes pearls pretty and lines the inside of shells. Name Name jewellery has been popular at various times in history particularly at the end of the Victorian era in the the early…

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 only one.  Enamel jewellery and…

Victorian Aesthetic Jewellery

Have you heard of the Victorian aesthetic Jewellery? Do you like it or know what makes up that trend? Learning about the styles and when they were in fashion helps us a lot with understanding our of Victorian jewellery and helps us place them at the date they were made. Development of Victorian Aesthetic. The…

Antique Black Jewellery for World Goth Day

Apparently, it’s World Goth Day today. I thought it would be great to celebrate by sharing my vintage and antique black jewellery and mourning jewellery too. Pieces that Goths would love to wear. Antique Black Jewellery Pieces I would especially think are suitable are Whitby and French Jet. Whitby jet is a natural material which is…

How to use an Ultrasonic Jewellery Cleaner

One of the questions I am most often asked is about how to clean a piece of vintage jewellery. The answer always depends on the materials in the jewellery as different types require different care.  One of the most useful ways of cleaning vintage silver jewellery is to use an ultrasonic jewellery cleaner however it…