How To Build An Antique/ Vintage Jewelry Collection (2022)

While browsing the recent Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show and talking to exhibiting dealers and store buyers , I began to think, with all of the antique and vintage jewelry on the market today—in shops, online, on IG and websites-how do you figure out what to buy and how to build a jewelry collection of pieces from the past?

Simon Teakle Art Deco emerald and diamond ring by S Kirk and Sons, Circa 1925. Photo: Simon Teakle

Simon Teakle

I have done articles on the ultra high-end investment pieces, and how to navigate a large antique/vintage jewelry show (here) for tips on how to decipher different time periods, bargain, find trustworthy dealers and educate yourself on real from repro.

But building an antique/vintage jewelry collection can be overwhelming until I remembered when I first started collecting jewelry 20 years ago. I thought about the advice I sought as I shopped different antique shows and flea markets. I wanted to familiarize myself with the feel and look of different materials and motifs of different time periods. And, the more I talked to experts and perused the pieces, I realized, that, although it is very different for starter collectors today, there are some common links to get you started on your way to assembling a wardrobe of jewelry that will put a smile on your face every time you hook a clasp, slip on a ring, slide an earring on, or fasten a brooch.

Fred Leighton emerald and rose cut diamond antique locket. Photo: Fred Leighton

Fred Leighton

Let’s just take a quick look at the changes. Back when I first started, we did not have the online search engines like we do now and we had to trek around, on foot rather than let our fingers guide us through googles’ answers to our queries. I think different ways of finding and gaining knowledge is all important when you are starting to collect antique and vintage jewelry and I am thankful for the authoritative research that is provided on the internet. But nothing beats personally meeting face to face those with the same passion as you, seeing their merchandise and hearing the advice of trustworthy dealers in person. Starting any type of collection is risky, but if you go in armed with as much of an education you can learn while having a whole lot of fun, like I did.

You might not make the wisest decisions at the start. In a few years, you might trade up, your style might change, but while all this is happening, you are gaining knowledge first hand, teaching yourself how to bargain and barter and listen to your instincts about the most honorable dealers. And, like I did, you might make your fair share of mistakes and happily discover your fair share of rare finds. Most importantly, you will decipher which styles, categories and time periods to which you are most drawn.

Dealers and store owners agree that there are different ways to approach collecting. You can collect from a purely historical academic and aesthetic point of view in which you zoom into one period and try and find all of those rare pieces from the time in which they were made. Even if you are partial to a certain time period, our experts agree that when starting out, it’s best to try out different styles that popularized periods in jewelry and figure out what works best for you. You might want a sentimental Victorian ring with a motif that signifies romance and a great Art Deco thin line bracelet both which can become staples in your daily life and your collection.

Fred Leighton is one of the most magical stores when shopping for antique and vintage jewelry. Although you may not be one of the stars who walk the red carpet in the renowned jeweler’s pieces, it’s worth it to stop in and get lost in the assortment that can mesmerize you into spending hours surveying the cases of the most awe-inspiring antique and vintage jewels. In addition to the antique and vintage goodies, there is the Fred Leighton Signature collection, which is the collection, creatively based on the past that Rebecca Selva, Chief Creative Officer, and PR director of the company has brought to fruition. Rebecca is a guru among antique and vintage jewelry experts, one of the most talented jewelry stylists I have met when mixing time periods, metals and the unexpected. I caught up with her in Las Vegas to get her advice while working on this story at the show.

"If you are collecting antique and vintage jewelry, you have a desire for pieces that are uniquely special and authentic. For novice collectors, this doesn’t have to mean a piece that is worth a year’s salary. Throughout my years at Fred Leighton, I have found alluring pieces at many price points. Building a collection of antique and vintage is all about aesthetically staying true to your look, embracing the old while wearing it with a current vibe and being realistic when it comes to your lifestyle.” She adds. “Jewelry is meant to be worn, not saved, not put away in a safe and you should get excited every time you put on that amazing five-stone ring Victorian era ring or turn-of-the-century French chain. These pieces should speak to you on an emotional and visceral level. You should also ensure you are buying something in original and excellent condition for its time frame and always considering your budget, which might change with time."

Simon Teakle who ran the jewelry department at Christie’s New York for 20 years and then in 2012 opened Simon Teakle Fine Jewelry in Greenwich Connecticut and who exhibited at the show, agrees. “When you invest in a piece of jewelry, you are investing in your present happiness and your future. But it’s the here and now that you want to think about. You can trade up later but when you begin to collect, you need to educate yourself and familiarize with different periods. When starting out, it doesn’t matter if not signed or if say, you choose a pair of diamond earrings from the Edwardian era and they are more delicate then the ones you originally saw in a book. These are the style you can wear more often and if they are authentic and it gives you pleasure, you can’t go wrong.”

Running into Elizabeth Doyle of NYC’s Doyle & Doyle at the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch show helped me gain even more perspective as we perused jewelry together as I was interviewing her. “We are always trying to find antique jewelry that is accessible to young or new collectors with limited budgets and try to cover a range of price points and scale.”

Both Selva and Doyle agree that the sentimental pieces of the Victorian era are hitting a responsive chord among starter collectors who are interesting in the romance and meaning of jewelry.

In addition to selling a substantial amount of Victorian pieces, some which look as modern today as when they were designed," Doyle says, “there is also a movement toward bigger statement pieces in yellow gold from the retro period through the mid-20th century. They are durable and suit the modern lifestyle with ease and versatility.”

She continues, “Our customers are breathing new life into antique lockets and medallions, wearing them on a watch fob chain with other meaningful charms. This has given a whole new look to what our mothers and grandmothers wore as charm bracelets when we turn them into contemporary talisman style necklaces."

Rebecca Selva's styling of pendants and lockets on an ultra long bead chain wrapped around the neck.... [+] Pedants and lockets from the 19th Century

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Like Teakle and Selva, Doyle believes that if your style changes over time and you buy right, you can always trade up and begin collecting new pieces that are more you at different times in your life.

Dana Kiyomura from Keyamour another exhibitor at the show who previously worked at Fred Leighton and before that Christie’s, echoes what the other experts said, “the best way for newbies to get the feel of collecting is to buy what speaks to their personal sensibilities and lifestyles and choose pieces that will go with their fashion and that they want to pull out and wear every day.”

She adds, “As you become more knowledgeable and as your passion becomes stronger, you can then invest more deeply in the time periods you have grown to love or signed pieces that will appreciate over time. Right now the thing is to train your eye, wear pieces you love and eventually you can decide if you are a ‘thematic' or 'historic' collector or one that loves many periods and continues to buy across the board. And always remember, “there is as much value in loving what you own and wearing it today as the pieces you buy to extend your portfolio tomorrow.”

Another Leighton alumni Pat Saling who worked at the prestigious company for 21 years before branching out on her own 16 years ago, explains, “It's important to want to wear the jewelry that you love and had to own. But, be smart, disciplined and arm yourself with knowledge before buying.” When talking about antique though vintage time periods (Georgian through the 1970s), the finest workmanship, high-quality materials and rarity all affect how valuable something is. When you have all of these things going for the piece and it’s in excellent condition, you can feel secure that the piece will hold its investment and give you joy while you are wearing it and help to define your style."

Taking all this into consideration, Rebecca Selva of Fred Leighton helped me develop a list of accessible pieces for starter collectors from different time periods and in different categories of jewelry:

Drop and Pendant Earrings:

Single or double drop diamond earrings with the character, lively personality and the subtle sparkle of old mine cut or European cut diamonds are a must have for any collector. They appear in all time periods in different iterations. These include Georgian styles of single drops or dormeuse earrings in collet cut back settling with silver topped gold which was also foiled and closed back to hide imperfections of naive cutting techniques, but their look is unparalleled in antique small drops. Victorian styles featured open backs as diamond mines and new cutting techniques allowed for the diamonds to shine on their own. These are mostly seen in claw, crown and petal-like floral settings. During Edwardian times, jewelers were still using old mine and European cuts but with the advent of platinum, they showed them first in platinum over yellow gold or all white styles. These lent themselves to delicate lacework and thin bezel settings with fine millegrain details. Selva explains, "Women are on the run now more than ever. We used to change our jewelry to go from day into evening, but these days to simplify our lives, what we dress in the morning needs to keep us going until cocktails or dinner. These small subtle drops are the perfect solution --they look great any time of day or night."

Keyamour single and double drop antique earrings


Other earring styles to consider:

Etruscan revival earrings in yellow gold in a range of silhouettes. Says, Selva, "The gold looks as relevant today as it did in the time it was made. They are lightweight, easy and have just enough movement and have some length for women who prefer to go longer when they opt for the versatility of earrings that work for any time and any occasion."

Ishy Antiques Victorian Etruscan Revival earrings. Photo: Ishy Antique Jewelry

Ishy Antiques

Art Deco earrings take the linear streamlined look to another level. These are sleekand thoroughly modern. When the jewelers of the Art Deco movement brought in color they turned up the wow factor. These amethyst and diamond earrings display the idea that the jewelers of the day could render glamorous earrings with beautiful but more accessibly priced stones than rubies, diamonds and emeralds. 'These are the type of styles that are truly unique and rare." says Selva.

A Great Chain

Every woman needs at least just one superior chain and these days we have myriad options from which to choose. We are seeing lightweight but large links of Georgian chains, men's watch fob chains of the Victorian era and turn of the century (that women are wearing with pendants, lockets and charms), and the sophistication and elegance of early 20th-century French chains. We are also seeing a return to signed and unsigned but beautifully crafted heavy curb and solid oval links from the mid-2oth century and vintage rectangular and elongated ovals from the 1970s.

The most sought after chains are from the Georgian period and are lighter and delicate in their construction and their price points reflect the rarity of finding one in its original length and with its original clasp, many of which were charming bejeweled hand clasps.

Fred Leighton gold chains from different periods in England and France. Photo: Fred Leighton

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Other highly collectible chains include turn of the century, long French filigree chains which have a delicate look with openwork patterns, but they are often come with a heavier irresistible weight in rich 18K buttery gold. They can be worn alone long, double tripled or can be layered with other time periods. "If you can find one in its original length (many have been cut down over the years) or a longer length that can at least be doubled, this is the style of chain that I would start with." Selva offers.

Keyamour layered French 18K gold chains. Photo: Keyamour


Eileen Kirkwood's 18K gold French antique filigree chain.

Eileen Kirkwood

Stackable Bracelets

"One of my favorite bracelets to stack with other styles and time periods right now is a slender Art Deco line bracelet." says Selva. "There are numerous ways in which it can be worn: piled on with other line bracelets in platinum and diamonds and/or with precious gems. It can also shake up and lend spark and character to a wrist full of gold bangles and link bracelets from different eras. It speaks to the multiple bracelet trend we are seeing and the juxtaposition of styles leads to a more personalized intriguing look."

Simon Teakle's Art Deco onyx and diamond bracelet. Photo: Simon Teakle

Simon Teakle

In Victorian times, matching hinged bangles were given for the engagement and one for the wedding day gift. Brides wore them on the big day --one each wrist and then throughout their life. There is a difference between wedding and memorial bangles, but they all look amazing when stacked on one arm, or styled the way they were when first popularized. One on each wrist. To break up the gold, you can also add some cut onyx bangles or cut jet or another other thinner bangles with gemstones.

Keyamour pair of Victorian buckle wedding bangles. Photo: Keyamour


Many of the sets have been broken up over the years, given to different sisters or members of the family or to make them easier to sell. You can invest in one that catches your eye and then another similar one and the two different styles can have a striking effect. But if you find a pair like those below, you should snap them up. "The thing about antique jewelry is if you are passionately in love, go for it. You might find something similar but you will never find the exact same one or pair." Selva says.

Fred Leighton's Victorian memorial bangles and cut onyx and gold bangles

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Victorian and early Edwardian padlock bracelets have made a major comeback. They are available in various price points and karats- 9K, 15K and 18K if they from the UK. You can wear the rounded curb chain bracelet, which is also on the market in different widths and can turn them into two looks by sporting them with or without the padlock. "These also can be stacked with other time periods--so experiment, mix, match, contrast and combine." Selva advises.

Fred Leighton Victorian curb link and padlock bracelet in high karat gold. Photo: Fred Leighton

Fred Leighton

Marilyn & Co 15K curb link bracelet, circa 1900. Photo: Marilyn & Co.

Marilyn & Co.

Retro tread bracelets are chunky, statement-making, often feature two colors of gold and many look heavier than they are and still feel luxurious on the wrist.Due to World War II, styles changed from the white-on-white platinum and diamond looks or those that conjured up exotic colors, flowers and scenes of faraway lands. Platinum was restricted for use in the war; therefore, rose and yellow gold took over as the metals of choice. Jewelers of the day drew inspiration from the treads of assembly machines, as well as the treads of wartime tanks. These provided concepts for wide bracelets, which featured geometrical and oversized links, When materials were scarce and spirits needed lifting, designers realized that women entering the workforce needed a dose of glamour, similar to what they were seeing onHollywood starsand offered up various styles to accessorize ultra structured work uniforms. These send out a current vibe and are stand-alone pieces or can be stacked with other bracelets

Humphrey Butler Retro two-tone gold bracelet. Photo: Humphrey Butler

Humphrey Butler

The Must-Have Rings

"Signet rings offer a substantial look without a big budget price and there is so much charm that they offer women. You can go for bigger or smaller styles depending on your frame and your finger size," says Selva.

Signet rings often are hand engraved with the initials or sayings or those that came before. Many of them also are impressed with family crests and/or motifs of hobbies and profession. The earlier signets were used to impress the ring into the wax and use as signatures for important documents. It's quite lucky to find your own initials but if you aren't the type that has the patience to wait, at Fred Leighton you will find blank samples that were never engraved. Instead, they were used as samples to sell the rings. These are some of the most breathtaking Art Nouveau styles I've seen and you can have your own names, initials, dates, and words engraved.

Fred Leighton group of French signet rings. Photo: Fred Leighton

Fred Leighton

If you want a juicy stack of colored gemstones then look no further than the Victorian era's five stone rings. They look wonderful all piled on together and also work with thinner eternity bands from different times.

Keyamour pearl, turquoise, diamond and opal five store Victorian rings. Photo: Keyamour


Charms, Fobs and Lockets

Once your collection is underway, you should have at least one of these style of pendant drops. In all three of these categories go for the more unexpected and usual such as fobs that once hung from watch chains. Depending on the time periods, many were beautifully engraved with chasing or repousse work on top or the figures of lions, snakes and other animals. On the bottom, you would then find the most enchanting aspect- intaglios of hard stone in a variety of shapes that followed the lines of the design. The intaglios like the signet rings were once used as signatures. Many of them feature sayings and mottoes in English and French that range from love to friendship to getting through hard times. Often they are rebus (puzzles of words and motifs) The give any chain a three-dimensional effect and a standout look without overpowering the wearer.

Marilyn & Co. Georgian fobs some with ornate tops and others with mottos on the bottoms. Photo:... [+] Marilyn & Co.

Marilyn & Co.

Lockets were designed in a variety of shapes, in all different periods with and without enamel stones and motifs. The always romantic Victorians went for the symbolic with overlays of turquoise, diamond and other gemstones in anchors for hope, swallows for safe home and pansies for think of me and forget me nots for remembering a loved one. It was a time of sentimental jewelry and flowers ("The Language of Flowers") represented meanings that ranged from friendship to terms of endearment and passionate love.

Lucy Verity pendant/brooch of floral design.

Lucy Verity

When we get into the Art Nouveau period the florals blossom into lockets that bloomed with colorful enamels and diamond botanicals taking the language of flowers to a more artistic form.

Moira Fine Jewellery enamel Art Nouveau Locket with enamel and diamond flowers. Photo: Moira Jewelry

Moira Jewelry

The Comeback of Brooches

This feeling spilled over into brooches which are a popular piece again today to wear in numerous ways including scattered over dresses, jean jackets, backs of gowns and most prominently in the hair.

Fred Leighton floral brooches from different time periods--Georgian through Art Nouveau. Photo: Fred... [+] Leighton

Fred Leighton

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f you look at so many pendants and charms today, they are all inspired in some form the symbolism of Victorian times, which is a great place to start your collection and build from there.

"And, when you talk about investing, there is no greater return on your original and authentic antique and vintage jewels that getting pleasures out of wearing them," Selva concludes.


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Then, check out vintage jewellery exhibitions or shops, so you can see the actual pieces and feel the different characteristics of jewellery from various periods.. There are many jewellery auctions and vintage jewellery fairs around the world every year.. “The market for Art Deco jewellery has always been strong, with signed pieces by Cartier from this period performing exceptionally well at auctions.” Daphne Lingon, Christie’s Head of Jewellery for the Americas. “Art Deco pieces with typical geometric outlines or bold colour contrasts are always popular because they have an iconic style.” – Terry Chu, Phillips’ Head of Jewellery for Asia. Compared to jewellery from some other periods, it’s easier to gauge the basic intrinsic value of Art Deco diamond and platinum pieces because you can easily calculate the carats of diamonds and assess the 4Cs and workmanship – and they go well with most outfits today too.” – Brenda Kang, Founder of Revival Vintage Jewels Objects. It was auctioned at Bonhams’ London Jewels sale with a pre-sale estimate of £40,000 to £60,000 (Photo: Bonhams)“Signed pieces – where the name of the jewellery house or maker is engraved on the underside of the piece or on the inside of the ring – are generally more valuable than unsigned ones.. Having a theme or collecting a series from a period is great, but I’m also a big advocate of buying pieces that you will wear, create your own memories with and can pass down to the next generation, rather than just something that would sit in a safe or a drawer.” – Brenda Kang, Founder of Revival Vintage Jewels & Objects. Look at the underside of the piece as well as the front to examine how well it is made; if a piece of jewellery is finely crafted, as much attention would have been paid to the back as to the front.

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One hallmark of many beaded necklaces from the 1950s, '60s, and '70s is symmetrical designs with small groups of larger beads interspersed around the strand, using metal spacer beads to "punctuate" the glass beads and pearls, as shown in my design, above.. In the bracelet shown above, I mixed genuine vintage glass beads with contemporary beads to create a wide, cuff-like coil bracelet with a bead dangle at each end.. Maintain pressure between the wire and the end cap until the epoxy dries, then prop the bracelet and wire coil so that the cut end with the glued end cap is facing un and the beads are not touching it, and allow the epoxy to cure fully, according to the manufacturer's directions.. Measure and trim the wire as for the end cap option, but trim the wire further from the last bead to allow enough wire to make the second loop.. I've also seen projects that involve sewing on the beads on with beading wire, beading thread or fishing line, all of which are far more forgiving than the very fine-gauge wire used in authentic cageworked jewelry.

We all have old jewelry we’re attached to but never wear, but did you know that you can actually create new jewelry from old jewelry?. It’s possible to redesign jewelry into something that you feel great flaunting, and not hiding away in your jewelry box.. There are countless reasons why someone may choose to create new jewelry from old jewelry, ranging from a simple aesthetic choice to very personal and sentimental reasons, but if you need some inspiration, we’ve rounded up the top reasons why our clients upgrade their old jewels.. Jewelry redesign before and after: The Kathleen Marquise Diamond engagement ring by Abby Sparks Jewelry.. When you’re lucky enough to receive jewelry passed down from a family member, it may feel easier to let it sit in the back of your jewelry box than to admit that it just isn’t your style.. Many clients come to us with stones from past family engagement rings, hoping to include them in their new ring.. The Lauren Round Diamond Cluster engagement ring is a completely custom ring, made from client’s pre-existing diamonds.. When it comes to creating new jewelry from old jewelry, the possibilities are endless.. The Sheila Oval Halo engagement ring recycled the client’s diamonds to create a new ring that’s dainty and elegant ring.. While virtually any style of jewelry has the ability of being repurposed (rings, necklaces, and earrings) it’s important to to take note of what stones are set in the jewelry piece that you are hoping to redesign.. Many people don’t know that it’s possible to create new and modern jewelry out of dated styles, but with our jewelry repurposing it completely is.

Jewelry findings are ready made pieces that jewelers use such as clasps, pin stems, hinges, etc.. Brooches have evolved over one hundred years, and the backs provide much of the information we need to date the piece.. Black jewelry most likely made of one of the following: plastic, glass, stone, jet, gutta-percha, crepe stone, bog oak, and bakelite.. Knowing which color gemstones were predominant at certain times in history goes a long way in helping to date a piece of jewelry.. Hallmarks and markings are an important clue to help date a piece of jewelry.. Good sources for this information can be found at: Researching Costume Jewelry History and the Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers' Marks. I am using the pieces in collages, so they don't need to have pins, or earring backs, or pendant loops.. But, this is the first I've seen great information on figuring out the material of black jewelry.. I have some old jewelry it has large stones in it and rolls and Ruby's I believe but the necklaces made out of really fine wire and on the back of it it's got 900 indebted in some of the pieces. I can find sites showing their different marks, but I can't find info on WHEN that mark was used.. She also has several Ivory necklaces and some scrimshaw bracelets and ring, a star ruby and diamond ring, that dates back to the early 1900s, which has a very unusual shape and other valuable pieces.. The mystery piece is a convertible piece of jewelry called a brooch-pendant.. hee hee But really, I am dearly in love with historic pieces of jewelry but I am often very lost when trying to figure out when it was made or what it is actually made of.. Learn more about the Replica Christian Louboutin Daffodile 160mm Suede Pumps Chartreuse reviews designer Christian Louboutin Daffodil 160 Suede Platform Pink and his Christian louboutin Lady Peep Toe Slingbacks 150mm Gold shoes with these Christian Louboutin fast facts.Replica Christian Louboutin Daffodile 160mm Suede Pumps Chartreuse christian louboutin isolde replica Knockoffs,Fake were inspired by an employee's nail polish, so it's only fair that those same red bottom shoes red soles inspired a manicure called, what else Replica christian louboutin replica Christian Louboutin Daffodile 160mm Suede Pumps Chartreuse Knockoffs,Fake , Shoes size:US

While I don't blog about it anymore, I'm a jewelry designer.. Since I hadn't really designed any new jewelry for quite some time, I literally forgot what I had in my stash.. And that doesn't even include the contemporary beads, charms and findings I have amassed as well.. I don't know how old it is, just that it's O-L-D. Vintage for sure.. My new creation ended up being (as per my usual) a combination of vintage charms, including vintage religious charms, as well as pieces taken from other jewelry creations that I turned into charms.. When making my charm bracelets I always try to strike a balance with regard to metals and beads and bling.. A long time ago I determined that my favorite mix will always consist of different metals -- copper, pewter, gold, silver -- as well as either pearls and/or faceted crystal beads.. And if you haven't figured it out yet, it's my opinion that when making charm bracelets more is more .. I get my antique brass findings from Etsy and more contemporary needs from craft stores.

Making gorgeous one-of-a-kind works of art from broken, vintage costume jewelry is not “difficult” — but it requires a lot of patience — a lot of jewelry — an artful eye — and the appropriate adhesives.. Above: I had six shoe-boxed size containers full of broken jewelry that I had collected, thinking that some day soon I would make a vintage costume jewelry Christmas tree ( see these 17 examples in a recent story — gorgeous! ). Vintage frames — I doubt that I would ever use a new frame for vintage jewelry — the vintage-on-vintage really ups the everything factor.. Scissors to cut your velvet and to cut the cardboard or matte board to size to fit your frame (if a backer board is not already in your frame) We used Elmer’s Repositionable Mounting Spray to adhere the velvet to the substrate (cardboard or matte board).. Be aware of potential safety issues, such as old glass may not be tempered… metal pieces may fly or the glass may break when you are working with it, to wear safety glasses… old paint on the frame also may contain lead.. But now, take note: Do not put your backboard into your frame permanently … You are going to arrange your pieces in the empty frame first, keeping your velvet backer close at hand so that, as you go, you can eyeball how the jewelry will look on the fabric.. But, you could do it before you glue on the jewelry — that would be somewhat easier — although if you are gluing the velvet canvas to the frame, you are then”committed”.

Learn about Georgian jewelry, which is as rare as it is regal and ornate.. Diamonds initially were the gemstone of choice, with the most prevalent cuts being the rose cut and old mine.. Learn about the Victorian era and its confident, joyful designs.. Learn about the romantic, nature-inspired designs of the Art Nouveau period.. Art Nouveau jewelers, greatly influenced by depictions of nature in Japanese art, looked to the natural world for inspiration.. Inspiration & Style The Edwardian era was a time of both continuity and change.. The Edwardian Trio Diamonds, pearls, and platinum were key components in Edwardian rings and jewelry.. Platinum, likewise, was an Edwardian favorite.. Learn about the Art Deco era, a period of expressive, bold and high-spirited styles.. During the Art Deco era, advancements in cutting techniques, including the advent of the modern round brilliant cut style, allowed for diamonds to become more dazzling and scintillating than ever before.. Inspiration & Style There are many factors that have affected and inspired jewelry styles of the Modern Era – including every style trend that preceded it.. The single cut is an extremely old diamond cut dating to the 1300s.. The Old European cut dates to the 1800s and was used mostly during the Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Nouveau eras.. The round brilliant cut became prevalent during the Art Deco and Retro periods.


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