Dating vintage jewelry


This advance makes jewelry dating much easier - if a piece is made with platinum, we can be fairly sure that it was made in the early 20th century or later.In addition, it was still common practice for jewelers to back platinum pieces with gold until 1910 or so, making dating even more precise.Additionally, a new type of decorative enhancement called “milgraining” was used extensively during this period.Milgraining involves a small border of platinum beads set around the edges of a piece of jewelry that adds a soft, elegant look.



The overall style of the times was light, feminine, and airy. Diamonds were the gemstone of choice during the time, but we also see sapphires, aquamarines, and most notably, electric green demantoid garnets from Russia, which are very rare to find in larger sizes.In the Victorian era, it was very common for birthstones to be used instead of diamonds for engagement rings.After Victoria’s beloved Albert passed away in 1861, the queen went into the customary mourning period for 18 months, which inspired the gold lockets and black jet pieces commonly seen in this period.The majority of engagement rings in our collection are authentically vintage, coming from the Art Deco, Retro, and Modern eras (1915 - the late 1960’s).

Finally, any ring that is newly made, has not been previously owned, and was made to look like a vintage or antique ring is considered "vintage-inspired".

When a ring has been previously owned and was made over 100 years ago from the present year, we call it "antique".



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