What makes Vintage Jewelry Interesting? – Tags: emerald ring, Engagement Ring
If you have purchased a piece of vintage jewelry from a local shop or a garage sale, or even from a friend or family member, do you know it might hold some fascinating facts or enchanting symbols? Your pieces of jewelry are far beyond than just flashy accessories. If you are interested in knowing more about your vintage jewelry continue reading the information below it might give your valuables a completely new meaning.
Before we move on to some interesting facts about vintage jewelry, it is important for you to differentiate between vintage and antique jewelry.
Vintage and Antique Jewelry – the difference between the two
Antique jewelry is something that has been previously owned and was made over 100 years ago from the present year. These type of jewelries are mostly from the Victorian and Edwardian era.
Vintage jewelry is also previously owned which is about 20 to 30 years old, but less than 100 years old. The majority of vintage jewelry comes from the Art Deco, Retro, and Modern eras. Today, any jewelry that is newly made and looked like a vintage or antique is called “vintage-inspired,” which means it is not previously owned.
What makes Vintage jewelry interesting?
Jewelry – the term itself is interesting for women and it naturally holds more value when the words like vintage or antique attached to it. Women all over the globe love to possess jewelry that holds a history behind it.
So, what makes vintage jewelry interesting? The answer is simple, the meaning it holds behind each piece.
Vintage jewelry is famous for its cuts such as Old Mine cut and Old European cut. These cuts were manufactured to glow and shine. The makers of this jewelry cared more about the shine rather than weight. The reason why these cuts are treasured so much is that they are hard to buy. Therefore, if you really want to differentiate between old cuts and modern cuts, the quickest way is to look at the culet of the stone. Earlier, the technology was not advanced so the points of the diamonds or stones were not accurately pointed as compared to modern cuts.
The most important characteristic of these jewelries is their symbols and marks of originality. For example, a piece of sterling silver was stamped as “Ster” or “STG,” the mark “925” came into common use in the later years. European countries originality marks were “585” and “750” for 14 and 18-carat gold.
Not only this, special jewelry was customized for romance and mourning, under the era of Queen Victoria. Earlier, women used to wear mirror-back glass, human hair or other non-precious stones to express their sentiments, but in 1892, Austrian jeweler Daniel Swarovski invented rhinestones that were made with high-lead glass and permanent foil backing. This was followed by gemstones, which include diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. Even back then, not everyone was able to afford expensive jewelry. The rates of gold and stones were high. Keeping this in mind, affordable jewelry was also produced which substituted gold with pinchbeck, iron, steel, and shell.
Ladies, you should be able to identify the difference between vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry. You can proudly share your knowledge with your friends and leave them wondering about your intelligence!
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