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In this collection we include Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Retro Moderne, Arts and Crafts, both Fine and Costume jewelry.

The Victorian times (1837-1901) were characterized by romance , remembrance and mourning motifs. Jewelry was highly embellished using filigree, piercing, cannetille and repousse techniques in gold filled and gold rolled constructions which gave the illusion of weight and mass. Jewelers loved using natural gemstones such as coral, turquoise, rubies, sapphires and seed pearls. Remembrance jewelry which celebrated a deceased loved one often employed natural materials such as human hair, bog oak, gutta percha etc. I have a personal collection of Victorian lockets, and they all employ lovely engraving work and even have well hidden compartments for secret messaging.

The Art Nouveau era (1890-1915), was characterized by flowing, curving lines and celebrated craftsmanship. Overall, Art Nouveau jewelry emphasizes design not materials, and it employs semi-precious stones like moonstone, opal, amethyst, citrine, peridot and freshwater pearls sometimes combined with vivid enamels. There are several sources of inspiration in this period, with Symbolism which often depicts women, fairies, and angels, being the most prevalent. The Nature motif employs flowers, leaves, butterflies, birds all in a loud intent to celebrate nature. Art Nouveau jewelry is connected to a world of fantasy and mystery.

Following the WWI times, the Art Deco period (1920-1935) introduced a totally different combination of style and colors. During the Art Deco period the inspiration knew no boundaries. Designs were geometric and colors were bold and daring. Modern ultra clean lines, trapezoidal shapes, stepped edges, and arched corners were the look of the day. Jewelry designers loved the use of light and dark colored materials such as black and white or black and red. Diamonds and light colored gemstones or rhinestones were mixed with dark materials such as black onyx or bakelite, for a striking appearance. It is the time of sautoir necklaces, flappers and skyscraper earrings. Egyptian, Geometric, and Oriental designs are prevalent.

The Retro Moderne period (1935-1950) was characterized by difficult economic times. Jewelry produced during this period is influenced by Machine Age, Patriotic, and Romantic themes. The Machine Age motif which glorified the 1930-1940s American industry was reflected in jewelry elements that resembled pipes or plumbing, zippers, brickwork and tank treads. Machine age Jewelry is heavy and metal oriented; also considered the original steampunk era. Patriotic motifs such as flags, eagles and military insignia in patriotic colors (synthetic ruby and sapphire) were prevalent in wartime jewelry. The Sweetheart motif was prevalent during the wars and often used in charm bracelets. During the WWII the world of jewelry had to find new sources for materials. Romantic motifs such as bows, flowers, scrolls, fans, ribbons and ruffles complemented the new femininity in fashion. Carat Gold and platinum were not available for jewelry manufacturing due to the war effort, therefore sterling silver and new materials became the forced alternatives for jewelry makers. Money was scarce and people could not afford to buy fine jewelry, and as a result the costume jewelry manufacturers focused on big and bold designs to substitute the expensive fine jewelry pieces. I have a special place in my heart for plastic, leather and ceramic jewelry manufactures during this period. There is something very endearing about the simplicity of a 1940's celluloid ribbon brooch.

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Our collections include vintage jewelry and antique jewelry such as brooches, necklaces, chokers, flappers, bracelets, bangles, cuffs, earrings, sets, cufflinks by designers such as Art, Bogoff, Ciner, Carnegie, Coro, Denicola, DeMario, Florenza, Goldette, Har, Hobe, Hollycraft, Haskell, KJL, Kramer, Krementz, Lanvin, Lisner, Jomaz, Juliana, Marvella, Monet, Renoir, Robert, Sarah Coventry, Schiaparelli, Schreiner, Selro, Swoboda, Trifari, Warner, Weiss and more. In our store you will find Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Modernist, Egyptian Revival and Christmas costume jewelry made of celluloid, lucite, bakelite, crystals, rhinestones, glass, sterling, pewter, copper, brass, wood, jade, pearls, ivory, enamel, and porcelain.
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