Vintage Jewelry History

Antique or Vintage

  To be considered an antique, a piece of jewelry must be 100 years or older, while a vintage piece must be 20 years or older. Retro jewelry refers to pieces made during the 1940s and 1950s and are characterized by the use of large and colorful gemstones. 


 

ART DECO JEWELRY

Circa 1920-1930. Stylish and fun. Bright colors and geometric patterns expressed the confident and free-thinking tenor of the Roaring 1920s. 


 

RETRO JEWELRY

Circa 1930s-1950. Bold and dazzling. With Hollywood in its golden age, jewelry became bigger, almost larger-than-life. 

 

EDWARDIAN JEWELRY

Circa 1901-1920. Graceful and elegant. In the Edwardian era, jewelers used filigree techniques to give their jewelry a wonderfully lacy look. 


 

ART NOUVEAU JEWELRY

Circa 1890-1910. Soft and mystical. Art Nouveau jewelers, thinking of themselves as artists, took extra care to craft beautiful settings.

 

GEORGIAN JEWELRY

Circa 1714-1837. Opulent and regal. Early styles were ornate while later styles ranged from Neoclassical to Gothic. Georgian jewelry is extremely rare today. 

 

VICTORIAN JEWELRY

Circa 1837-1901. Named for Queen Victoria of England. Jewelry from the era is as exquisite as it is varied, reflecting Victoria’s changing tastes.