The glamour and elegance of bygone eras are captured forever in precious gemstones and metals that were beautifully crafted into chic jewelry. Fast forward to today and vintage jewelry is more desirable than ever, speaking to the contemporary jewelry aficionado in much the same way that it did to the original owners of these pieces. You need look no further than recent red carpet events where everyone from Rihanna and Emily Ratajowski to Ke Huy Quan and John Cho were sparkling in vintage jewelry. So what exactly is the appeal of vintage jewelry? Here are three reasons why you should consider adding a selection of vintage pieces to your jewelry box.
Vintage Jewelry is Unique
Many vintage pieces are one-of-a-kind jewels. Each piece is unique simply because these jewels are no longer being made. The attention to detail and the high quality of craftsmanship that went into vintage pieces is much different from jewelry that is commercially produced today. Distinctive design that stands the test of time makes some vintage jewelry just as fashionable today as when it was first made. Vintage jewelry is just right when you want to create your own individualistic fashion statement and express yourself in a way that reflects both your lifestyle as well as your personal style and, most importantly, no one else will have what you’re wearing.
Vintage Jewelry is Sustainable
Vintage jewelry is not only beautiful, but it fits into the circular economy. Since vintage jewelry is being reused no new resources — metals or stones — were wrenched from the earth to make these pieces and that’s a big plus for keeping the planet healthy.
Vintage Jewelry is Collectible
Vintage jewels offer plenty of collecting opportunities and finding that perfect piece to add to your treasure trove of jewels can be quite exciting. You may like a particular period, such as Edwardian, Art Deco, or 1970s. You may be wild for a certain gemstone, or motif such as florals, animals, bows or geometric forms. Whatever, you love, you’re sure to have an enjoyable time tracking down that perfect jewel for your collection.
Every piece of estate jewelry has a story to tell. Whether it’s the story of the previous owner, a bit of history about the maker, or the style of the times, the story continues and grows as you make that jewel a part of your life.
Middle: Art Deco emerald, diamond, enamel and platinum earrings. Bottom: Art Deco diamond and sapphire bow brooch.
Authored by Amber Michelle