Vintage Jewelry Styles
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For thousands of years, humans have been creating jewelry. As the world has changed, so too has jewelry. There are a myriad of styles and aesthetics available. Some are elaborate and intricate while others are minimalist and versatile. The sheer quantity of vintage looks guarantees that everyone can find a piece of jewelry catered to their unique taste. Our team at Albert’s has put together a helpful guide to some of the most iconic eras in vintage jewelry.
The name of this style refers to the reign of King George I to the IV. The Georgian period was between 1714 to 1840. During this period, jewelry was bright, colorful, and spectacular. Colorful gemstones, pearls, and yellow gold were the main fixture of jewelry. These materials owed their popularity to the lively court culture of the time.
As its name implies, Victorian jewelry surrounds the reign of Queen Victoria. She is one of history’s most important English monarchs, expanding Great Britain’s territory to encompass an entire fifth of the Earth’s surface. Victorian jewelry is lacey, intricate, and stunning. Cameos, portraits depicted in stone, were popular, as were romantic details and gemstones.
French for “new art,” this French movement was a short-lived but much beloved moment in art from about 1895 to 1910. It became popular due to new developments in women’s rights in Europe following the death of Queen Victoria. Art Nouveau is distinctly feminine, drawing from traditionally womanly silhouettes. These pieces all feature natural imagery like birds, flowers, leaves, and butterflies.
Like many other vintage styles, Edwardian jewelry gets its name from an English monarch. In this case, it’s King Edward VII, who reigned from 1901-1915. Platinum and diamonds were jewelers’ favorites, so jewelry was radiant and expensive. Milgrain beading is the most distinct aesthetic element. These minute metal beads add texture and form to the piece.
In many ways, Art Deco is a rebellion against the courtly styles of the past. Eschewing the complex and ornate details of the more regal eras, Art Deco jewelry has bold color contrasts and geometrically abstract designs. Trapezoids, hexagons, and more draw the eye to these eccentric pieces. While the style’s peak popularity was short-lived, staying in vogue from about 1920 to 1930, Art Deco continues to excite the public’s imagination to this day.
While the word “retro” commonly refers to ages past, the term technically refers to the 1930s and 40s. This was a time of change: World War II had come and gone, leaving a world hopeful for the future. As such, jewelry from this period and influence exhibits a futuristic aesthetic. Eccentric and asymmetrical geometry showcases large colorful gemstones.
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