Vintage and antique jewelry pieces are a timeless edition to any jewelry collection. Wearing a piece that has history has always had allure for jewelry connoisseurs and is becoming increasingly popular with many customers today. The zeitgeist of today sees more and more people wanting to buy pieces that feel unique and special, as well as ones that are environmentally conscious- vintage and antique pieces fit this bill perfectly. No matter why you appreciate the baubles of the past, it's important to know what you’re looking at when you’re thinking about purchasing vintage or antique jewelry.
Some people see the words “vintage” or “antique” and think they mean the same thing. While these words both describe jewelry from the past, there is a major difference between the two. The difference between vintage and antique jewelry is simply time. Antique jewelry is jewelry that is more than 100 years old, while vintage jewelry was made in the last 100 years.
When you see the word “vintage” used to describe a piece of jewelry, this means it was made anywhere from 30 to 100 years ago. This encompasses the Art Deco era’s intricate detailing and geometric shapes, the Retro period’s all-out glam, and the Modern Era’s creativity and color. The gorgeously detailed brooch pictured above is a perfect example of a Modern Era piece. With its inventive shape and colorful detail, it’s the pinnacle of mid-century modern creativity.
Antique pieces are labeled as such, because they are more than 100 years old. Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Nouveau eras of jewelry you’ll see are labeled as “antique.” The stunning ring pictured above was modeled after the intricacy and bold detail of many antique pieces.
Another thing to look for when you’re thinking of buying an antique or vintage piece is whether it is true vintage or antique, or whether the word “inspired” is used it its description. Vintage-inspired or antique-inspired pieces are pieces that have been to designed to have the look of a bygone era but were made recently. For example, the ring above was modeled after antique styles but was made using today’s modern techniques.
Whether you want vintage, antique, vintage-inspired, or antique-inspired jewelry, it's simply a matter of preference. You might desire the look of the past but want to have a piece that is brand new. Or you might want to have a truly vintage or antique piece that has both an elegant look and a rich history. Whichever way you lean, we have a variety of beautiful vintage and antique styles to choose from here at Jean Pierre Jewelers.