Category Archives: Antique Jewelry Directory

Betrothal & Wedding Ring History

The history of the ‘little circlet’ constituting a ring, offers an amazing illustration of diversities in the significance, form, usage and methods of wearing of this symbol, realized by the imagination of man and influenced during centuries by cultural factors … Continue reading

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Scarab Beetle

The scarab beetle was the image of self-creation for ancient Egyptians. Worshipped under the name Khepri (also known as Khepry or Khepera, meaning ‘he who came forth from the earth’), the ancient sun god was conceived as a great scarab … Continue reading

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Animal Motifs

Jewels have traditionally served not only as symbols of dignity, rank, authority or wealth, but they have also been created as amulets and talismans to provide protection and ward off evil in many cultures, taking the form of symbols such … Continue reading

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Novelty Jewelry

Novelty Jewelry refers to a distinct line of jewelry design characteristic of the 1860′s and 1870′s. This new and hitherto unknown trend was primarily based on a certain naiveté and frivolousness: earrings being produced in the shape of windmills, scales, … Continue reading

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Cameo Habilles

Produced from the early 1940′s in Italy, these shell carvings, usually a female clad in an inlaid hard-stone dress, was adorned with gem-set jewels. This technique was pioneered by Dafrique of France, famous for his ‘cameos animés’, particularly the hard-stone … Continue reading

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Seals & Crests

Gentleman of the 1820′s and 1830′s regarded this fashionable item very highly. Early seals were more linear in the shape of a lyre, a stirrup, a scroll or a baluster. By the end of the 1930′s, the surmounts were chased … Continue reading

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Etruscan

Prospering between 950 and 300 BC, the Etruscans occupied a region in northwest Italy between the River Tiber and the Arno River. Leaving unanswered questions about their culture and origin due to lack of literature and historical inscriptions, the only … Continue reading

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Arts & Crafts Movement

The Arts & Crafts movement in England emerged as a strong reaction against the worsening effects of mechanization felt early in the 19th century. With the growing lament over industrialization in academic circles, a collective and persistent search began for … Continue reading

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History of Cliosonné, Champlevé, Basse Taille & Pâte-de-verre

Deriving from the word ‘smelzen’ in Old German, and ‘esmail’ in Old French, the term enamel was changed at a later point of time to its contemporary name of ‘smalto’ in Italian, ‘email’ in French and German and ‘enamel’ in … Continue reading

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Cameos & Intaglios

In broad terms, a cameo is defined as a precious or a semi-precious stone on which a design is carved ‘en relief’, being the exact opposite of the ‘intaglio’ carving which dates farther back in human history. Whereas the intaglio … Continue reading

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