How to use an Ultrasonic Jewellery Cleaner

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...

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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...

Understand Egyptian Revival Jewellery

Have you ever seen antique or vintage jewellery with Egyptian motifs on it? If so there is a reasonable chance that it is Egyptian Revival Jewellery dating from one of the revivals. Egyptian Revival Jewellery Egyptian revivals were the times when all things Egyptian came into fashion. The first main...

Mabe Pearl to Mythology

Mabe Pearl to Mythology. Part M of the Vintage Jewellery A-Z   Mabe Pearl A pearl formed as a blister in the shell giving a semi circular appearance. These are more suitable for earrings and brooches than for necklace.             Malachite A hardstone which is made...

Cheaper Vintage Engagement Rings

Cheaper Vintage Engagement Rings Reading an article on one of the top diamond engagement ring websites, I got quite annoyed when I read that we should question the quality of any diamond ring under £1000. What! They seriously can’t have looked at vintage diamond rings, the quality is often superb. At...

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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...

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...

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...

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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.      ...

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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...