Category Archives: Antique and Vintage Rings

Antique and Vintage Rings: Art Deco Rings and Jewelry: Origins, Styles and Influences

Whilst other Antique and Vintage periods of jewellery can be defined specifically to dates during which a monarch reigned – eg. Victorian and Edwardian – the commencement of the Art Deco period is less able to be specified, since the movement was influenced by a wide range of designers, architects and other creative people.

 

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Edwardian Rings – The Edwardian Age 1901-1920

Edwardian ringsAlthough the reign of King Edward Vll ended upon his death in 1910, this was not the end of the Edwardian period for jewelry – or for other style products. In design terms, the Edwardian period continued right through to 1920, when the Art Deco Style began.

In the Edwardian period, advances in technology allowed Platinum to be used in jewelry for the first time.  The introduction of the oxyacetylene torch, which was capable of producing the high temperatures needed to work with this new metal, opened up new opportunities for jewellers.  After the Victorian years, when yellow gold was the prime metal, the whiteness and lustre of platinum soon found favour and this new metal became a popular metal of choice – particularly since it enhanced the color and sparkle of diamonds that were also increasing in popularity.

The strength of platinum meant that less metal needed to be used in the setting. This enabled a more elegant style of ring to be produced.  Jewellers took the flowery styles of the Victorian era and re-defined them so that the diamonds and other gemstones, such as sapphires, took centre stage with settings becoming less visible. Continue reading Edwardian Rings – The Edwardian Age 1901-1920

Antique and Vintage Rings – Victorian Rings: 1837-1900

victorianA review of Antique and Vintage Rings. The Victorian period: 1837-1900

The Victorian age, from the start of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1837, has become one of the most popular eras for those wanting an antique or vintage ring. The range of engagement rings, weddings rings, anniversary rings and other, special occasion rings available from this period demonstrates the jeweler’s art of combining beautiful gemstones with romantic settings. Never has Victorian jewelry – and Victorian Rings – been more popular.

Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837 through to 1901, brought about a long period of prosperity in Britain. A combination of a high level of trade across the whole British Empire together with and the Industrial Revolution led to a rising affluent middle class. These were people who were eager to spend their new -found wealth – and some of it on expensive jewelry. Continue reading Antique and Vintage Rings – Victorian Rings: 1837-1900