Recent years have seen a major resurgence in the desire for vintage goods including handbags, clothing and, yes, jewelry! Period dramas such as the BBC’s “Downton Abbey” or AMC’s “Mad Men” and the soon to be released Disco era film “American Hustle” have brought back a taste for the glamorous fashions and fabulous accessories of bygone eras.
Vintage jewelry refers to items that were produced between 30-100 years ago. For collectors, vintage jewelry provides an opportunity to truly express individuality through these often one of a kind or rare pieces. For those new to jewelry, these lovely vintage creations are the perfect way to rediscover the beauty, craftsmanship and style of an elegant — or sometimes funky — past.
Here are some of our favorite selections from each era that would make the perfect gift ideas for the holidays!
The Elegant Edwardians
From the Beladora Archives: Edwardian Tiffany & Co. Wide Cuff
Simple, sleek and desirable, this wide cuff — dated 1914 — is a perfect choice for those who collect both Tiffany items and finely crafted vintage pieces. This elegant cuff steps beyond quaint to become quintessential.
Edwardian Diamond and Pearl Bar Pendant
Pretty and feminine, this converted bar brooch is an ideal example of Edwardian style. A milky pearl, icy diamonds and lacy design are the hallmarks of classically Edwardian style.
Dazzling Art Deco
Art Deco Diamond and Emerald Bracelet
Lovers of the Deco style know that every collection needs stackable diamond bracelets. The iconic style is featured in the lush films and photography of the age and there’s no quicker way to add silver screen sparkle to your look.
From the Beladora Archives: Art Deco Pools of Light Rock Crystal Necklace
A unique treasure from the Art Deco period, this “Pools of Light” necklace features a sensual pairing of carved rock crystal orbs with a delicate silver chain in a style that is meant to catch and reflect the light.
Revved up Retro
Structural, strong and stylish, the Retro period is defined by it’s uniquely architectural designs that blur the lines between masculine and feminine. The long tubogas style necklace that can be worn in a variety of lengths is a forceful design that becomes elegantly softened with the addition of the removable citrine brooch. The brooch features voluptuously curved scrollwork typical of the period.
From the Beladora Archives: Retro Aquamarine Earrings
Again, the combination of lush curves and strong lines combine to form statement earrings that are made beautifully feminine with soft blue aquamarine gemstones.
From the Beladora Archives: Ruser Pearl and Diamond Earrings
Simultaneously the era of Modernism and the peak of popularity for the feminine pearl, the Mid-Century era prized traditionally ladylike designs as much as it did the burgeoning Pop and Modern art movements. These unique earrings by Beverly Hills designer William Ruser are an excellent example of how the two styles blended to form something new and unique.
From the Beladora Archives: Vintage Cultured Pearl Earrings
Space-age, Sputnik style meets Grace Kelly, these fun earrings are a playful take on classic pearls.
Vintage Diamond and Gemstone Turning Ring
Bigger, better and definitely more glam, the Modern era of the 1970’s and 1980’s produced jewelry that was both fun and definitely funky. We love this super cool turning ringing that features a movable central piece allowing you to wear it four different ways!
From the Beladora Archives: Vintage Lapis Ring
A true blue vintage piece, the smooth polish of this lapis lazuli ring makes a majorly luxe statement without any fuss.