Antique Jewelry Information

KNOW YOUR STONES – TURQUOISE JEWELRY

KNOW YOUR STONES – TURQUOISE JEWELRY

TURQUOISE HISTORY AND MYTHOLOGY The Turquoise stone has been used for longer, and across more cultures than almost any other gemstone. It was first used by the Ancient Egyptians, who began mining the stone in 3200 B.C. The name turquoise is derived from the French ‘pierre turquoise’, meaning ‘Turkish stone.’ Although the stones were first mined in central Asia, they reached Europe via the bazaars of Turkey. Raw Turquoise via TurquoiseNews.com Across cultures, turquoise has been fashioned into a variety of objects from weapons to amulets. The Navajos used turquoise to bring much needed rain by throwing a stone into a...

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SWEETHEART JEWELRY – TOKENS OF LOVE

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SWEETHEART JEWELRY – TOKENS OF LOVE

If you come across an old locket or pendant with a military emblem or designation such as ‘mother’ or ‘wife’ it is probably an example of WWII sweetheart jewelry. Sweetheart collectibles are items that were purchased by military servicemen and sent home to the ladies in their life. These items included compacts, handkerchiefs, pillow cases, as well as jewelry. 

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BUCKLE / GARTER MOTIF IN ANTIQUE JEWELRY

BUCKLE / GARTER MOTIF IN ANTIQUE JEWELRY

As a collector of vintage and antique jewelry, one of the motifs you will most often find (and in many different forms) is the Buckle or Garter. In Victorian jewelry, garters can be found as the frame on a cameo brooch or enameled onto the cover design of a locket. Victorians also loved wearing ring bands in the shape of garters. These rings were often given as romantic gifts. Brooches were made to look like buckles that attached to nothing. Perhaps the most popular use of the buckle motif was the Buckle bangle bracelet. These were made in solid gold or silver as...

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Is My Brooch Vintage?

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Is My Brooch Vintage?

  Not sure if your brooch is an antique, vintage, or a more modern piece? Here is a helpful guide to dating brooches. It’s all about the back…Looking at the clasp, pin, and hinge is the easiest and most accurate way to date a brooch.Tip: Make sure when purchasing an antique brooch online to make sure you view a photo of the back. If one is not provided, ask the seller to provide one.   THE T-BAR PIN AND C-CLASP T-bar pins and c-clasps were used predominately through the Victorian era. The pins on brooches from this era were usually really...

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How To Wear: Victorian Guard Chains

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How To Wear: Victorian Guard Chains

Originally worn by Victorian women as a way to carry their pocket watches; these long chains (often called "Guard Chains" or "Slide Chain" by collectors) came in solid gold, gold filled, and occasionally silver. As Victorians were experts in mixing form and function; slide chains can be worn in a number of ways.  1. Super Duper Long photo via Morning Glory Antiques For the traditional Victorian woman who lead a fairly sedentary life, there was little risk of getting tangled in the chain. To keep the length under control the end piece can be tucked into a pocket or clipped...

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