Hair to Hyacinth

Hair. Hair is not popular in jewellery these days except perhaps a snip inside a locket. Back in the Georgian and Victorian eras hair jewellery was very common in fact there was an entire industry built up around it . There is both hair inside lockets and also pieces of jewellery made out of plaited…

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So You Want To Be An Antiques Dealer ?

So You Want To Be An Antiques Dealer ? Let me tell you what its really like . Ive bought and sold various antiques for the past 40 years. 20 years as a full time Antiques Dealer and Ive lived to tell the tale. People are interested in the life of a dealer almost as much as they…

11 Reasons Why Vintage Gems are Better Than New

Better than New As regular readers know I have a passion for antique and vintage jewellery. Heres why. Eleven reasons why lovely old jewelies are better than new. 1. Lower Price For Same Quality We all love a bargain. Have you compared the prices of vintage jewellery with new? Whilst rare antique jewellery can be much…

Spinels The Forgotten Gemstone

I’ve added the latest jewellery to the shop today and amongst the pieces was a particularly fine spinel eternity ring. This prompted me to write about spinels. These are gems which are quite underrated these days especially when it comes to the sparkling crystal clear version of the stone. It has not been used much…

Mizpah Jewellery for Parted Lovers

I love victorian brooches and often come across sentimental pieces from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. They are so very pretty and I imagine the original owners and those who gave them. Some types were particularly popular such as those with Mizpah written on them. Mizpah jewellery was given between parted lovers . The pieces all have…

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Write for this Blog

Take a look around this blog, you will see its all about collectables, antiques and all things old and interesting. Its gradually building into a great free reference site for those who love all things old and interesting. You can write for this blog too. Do you have an antiques or collectables business or a collection of…