A stylish edge with vintage jewellery October 20, 2016 – Posted in: Design, Unique Collections – Tags: , , , ,



You spot them across a crowded room, or they catch your eye in passing. That person with a total finished look or a unique combination that just totally works. Is it their hair, clothes or skin you wonder? Study all the great dressers over time and you’ll see that the biggest secret that makes all the difference is the use of accessories. Vintage jewellery in particular add a uniqueness that finishes off any outfit and takes a look from plain to wow instantly with depth of design.

Antique jewellery fall in three categories:

  • Antique – These pieces are previously owned as well as made over 100 years ago. Proper care of these pieces ensure the several generations will enjoy the use of these items.
  • Vintage – The jewellery are previously owned but less than 100 years old from the present date.
  • Vintage-inspired – newly made, not previously owned but the design took elements of vintage and antique era’s. It may also often include a vintage or antique gemstone but it is used in a newly made setting.

The Jewellery time periods are:

  • Georgian – 1740 – 1830

A very rare category, and most surviving pieces are handmade.

  • Victorian 1835 – 1900

Named after the much loved Queen Victoria, generally gemstones were used, until the discovery of diamonds in South Africa near the end of this era popularised the inclusions.

  • Edwardian 1900 – 1915

During this period the advancement of metal fabrication introduced platinum into settings, which remains popular to this day.

  • Art Nouveau – 1895 – 1915

A short lived period that came about as a revolt to technological advances of the industrial age. Enameling (with a stained glass effect) was perfected during this time. This period produced some of the most sought after jewellery in the world.

  • Art Deco 1915 – 1935

Woman took over in the workplace and started earning their own money during and post WW1. Bold linear and geometric shapes was introduced with a lot of white gold usage due to high cost of platinum. Lalique, Cartier and Tiffany were amongst the major designers with reputations that were well earned and still stand today.

  • Retro 1935 – 1950

The Hollywood glamour era introduced big, bold and three dimensional pieces

  • Modern 1950”s onwards

A surge of the economic growth lead to the rise of the upper middle class. This prosperity featured an abundance of gemstones set in dramatic, flashy designs with the main focus on diamonds. Designs are textural and more light as opposed to the highly polished solid designs from the previous era.

Now the question is, which era takes your fancy from the Ziora selection?

(Image courtesy of French Vogue)