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.      ...

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...

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...

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...

Antique Garnet Jewellery , is it Real?

Antique Garnet Jewellery Antique garnet jewellery is very collectable today but can you tell the difference between the antique and the newer brooch. I’ve just put two lovely garnet brooches onto the website today which on first glance look very much the same but detailed examination reveals a lot of...

antique gold jewellery

Antique Gold Jewellery Care

Antique Gold Jewellery Care Antique Gold Jewellery is quite tough and its care quite easy compared to many other jewellery materials.  But before you jump in dunking your precious gold into jewellery dip or giving it 10 minutes in  an ultrasonic machine there are a few things to consider: Is...

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Find Georgian Jewellery Nowadays

Find Georgian Jewellery Nowadays The Georgian era started in 1714 with the accession of George I to the British throne and lasts until the end of the regency in 1830. When looking at Georgian jewellery we normally also include the reign of William IV as this takes us up to the...

acrostic jewellery

Learn About Acrostic Jewellery

About Acrostic Jewellery The Victorians were great romantics but often their romances were forbidden. Maybe a disapproving father wanted more for his daughter or there was a romance between a servant and her master. They sound ways to express their love but to keep it secret at the same time one...

Abalone Shell Blue Green Beauty

Abalone Shell The abalone shell has been prized since ancient times for its decorative qualities. Water tumbled pieces can be found naturally smooth and beautiful, these could have been made into pendants, charms and amulets without todays sophisticated tools.   No wonder people like the Apache Indians used it in...