When you are looking for antique jewellery, then it pays to have a good idea of what you are interested in and the styles you like from the past. At antiquities dealers, you will usually be able to find valuable items that range from many different art-historical time-periods from the 19th and 20th centuries. Victorian, Edwardian, Georgian, Retro, Modern, and Art-Nouveau are just some of the many styles that you can find pendants, bracelets, brooches, bangles, and necklaces in.
Some Unique Pieces to Look Out For
The following are some of the more interesting pieces that you could look out for. Many times they have their own history and it pays to ask questions about where the item came from and how it arrived at the dealer. Your piece of jewellery usually comes with an exciting story as well!
Victorian pendants and lockets – in the Victorian era throughout the British Empire, ladies used pendants and lockets all the time. A young girl would get a locket that she could keep a small picture in or other tiny items. They wore them everywhere and your dealer will be able to tell you who owned it and when in most cases.
Curblink bracelets – these bracelets are actually tiny links that are connected in a chain and are made from a variety of precious metals from different time periods. Bracelets are usually worn on the arm, but you can wear them on your legs or ankles as well.
Organic French carved bangle – in older time-periods when ivory was still used as a type of jewellery, or for making piano keys, there was an abundance of these stunning jewellery pieces. You can still get them at antique dealers and you can find many different pieces carved out of this rare and precious material. Another common material used like this in the past was ebony. You can get many antique pieces made from these materials.
Bangle with crossover design – jewellery is often made into unique configurations and a great-looking piece is any bangle or bracelet that has been created with a crossover design. The metal ring that is used to create the item is crossed over when the ends are brought together and this makes for a great place to mount stones or engrave designs into a gold or silver plate.
Pear-cut rose quartz pendant – Rose Quartz is another material that has been used throughout time to create beautiful pieces of jewellery. The quartz is easy to form and an item to look out for is a pear-cut rose quartz pendant that looks stunning on any chain link necklace. You can also get quartz cut into many other lovely shapes such as hearts, stars, leaves, and much more.