Antique Jewelry must be at least one hundred years old



Georgian jewelry (1714–1837)

Georgian era jewelry is very rare and handmade. Often featuring nature-inspired designs such as leaves and birds and frequently includes precious stones. Memento Mori jewelry was also popular at the time (meaning "remember you will die") featuring skull motifs and coffins.

Early Victorian, romantic jewelry (1837–1855)

Like jewelry of the Georgian era, early Victorian era jewelry features nature-inspired designs. Frequently, these designs would be delicately and intricately etched into gold. Lockets and brooches were popular everyday jewelry during the early Victorian era whereas colored gemstones and diamonds were worn during the evening.

Mid-Victorian, grand jewelry (1856–1880)

Because the Grand or Mid-Victorian era corresponded with the death of Queen Victoria’s husband, many jewelry pieces have solemn, grave designs. Known as mourning jewelry, the pieces feature heavy, dark stones. Jet, onyx, amethyst, and garnet are frequently found in jewelry from this period. Compared to previous periods more colorful designs were found using shells, mosaics and gemstones and some would argue more creativity to the design process was applied.

Late Victorian, aesthetic jewelry (1885–1900)

During the Late Victorian or Aesthetic period, jewelers used diamonds and feminine, bright gemstones such as sapphire, peridot, and spinel. Star and crescent designs as well as elaborate hat pins were also popular.

Arts and crafts jewelry (1894–1923)

Due to the Industrial Revolution, many jewelry designers rebelled during the Arts and Crafts movement, returning to intricate jewelry designs and handmade craftsmanship. It was common for jewelry of this era to be simple in pattern, made of colorful, uncut stones.

Edwardian jewelry (1901–1915)

The Edwardian period started with the decease of Queen Victoria and her son Edward became king. During this period many of the Edwardian designed incorporates more expensive gems such as diamonds, emeralds and rubies in their elaborate designs.