From time immemorial jewelry has been worn and admired by both the working class and the rich and famous, both for its beauty and for its symbolism and sign of status. However in recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in both antique and vintage jewelry. However, for the serious investor or collector, as well as those who simply want to wear a classic piece the challenge is to find that ideal piece of jewelry that will embody both style and class.

Look For ideal Piece Of Jewelry

There are two criteria to use when looking at purchasing vintage jewelry – the condition of the piece that you want to purchase and specific designers who have come to the fore as those whose works and pieces are the most collectible. If you are building a collection you might also want to take a look at the era when the jewelry was produced.

As far as the more recognized of jewelry designers is concerned there are some notable designers who were responsible for some of the most iconic pieces on the market today. Names such as Triffari, Lisner, Gerry’s, Giovanni, Monet, and Weiss are all worth investigating for those who are looking for investment grade antique or vintage jewelry.

Custom Jewelry Invention

The years between 1935 and 1940 were to become iconic as the time when costume jewelry was born. It was during this time that what we today know as ‘Vintage’ jewelry was born. The quality of this jewelry can be very variable as can the materials that were used in the designs. Many pieces feature previous metals and stones, while others do not. This era saw the tremendously popular floral and bow brooch’s take center stage.

Post 1940 the design of the jewelry took many cues from the art deco movement which was taking the design world by storm. Post WWII this style was to become known as ‘Retro Modern.’During this period there was also a resurgence of styles that resembled those produced during the Victorian era – however these pieces exhibited a lightness that was not characteristic of the original Victorian pieces.

By the 1950’s styles were beginning to change. Now there was an emphasis on pieces that had a floral theme and large bow designs were becoming increasingly popular. Rhinestones were also used as centerpieces for many of the designs. The ‘multi strand’ beaded necklaces were also claiming a greater share of the market and the new wonder material – lucite was also beginning to make inroads as part of the designs of many of the pieces.

Complex And Ornamental Piece Of Jewelry

The 60’s saw much more complex and ornamental pieces being produced. Lucite remained popular as a material used beaded works. The influence of the so called ‘Flower generation; was to be seen in the psychedelic nature of many of the designs. the influence of Art Nouveau was to be seen in the classic designs of this era, many of which hearkened back to poster design. Dragonfly and women in reclining poses were extremely popular designs.

By the 80’s – which can be viewed as the last decade of the truly vintage designs jewelry became much heavier and more substantial. Gold and silver came to dominate the designs of the jewelry produced in this era. The use of feathers and new forms of plastic also influenced designers throughout the world. However striking these pieces were the mass produced nature of many designs meant that they were of inferior quality to the pieces that had been produced earlier.

Collecting and wearing vintage jewelry makes a statement about a connection with some of the most influential eras of human history – and it can be both fun and profitable. Get to know more about