Antique jewellery

Welcome to the world of antique jewellery - of delicate romantic jewels, bold jewels, beautifully restrained jewels, over the top jewels, striking jewels, colourful jewels, black jewels, humorous jewels and the most macabre jewels. There is no other category of jewellery which is more exuberantly exciting.

Antique jewellery is all jewellery made more than one hundred years ago.  The amount of jewellery worldwide which survives from earlier than the nineteenth century is relatively small, due to age and frequent remodelling prior to the great diamond and gold discoveries of the mid nineteenth century. Antique jewellery prior to the twentieth century was generally set in silver or yellow gold or silver topped gold. Diamonds were old cuts, occasionally tablet cuts, more commonly square,  rose, old mine, or old European cuts. Coloured gems also were cut with high crowns and deep pavilions. Old mine cut diamonds the result of new cutting techniques were highly sought after in the 18th and 19th centuries as now. The high crowns and wide facets caught the light from any angle enhancing the brilliance and fire.  These were all cuts with a soft mellowness, individuality and a very different appearance and charm to modern cuts.

 From the early nineteenth century jewellery encompassed a variety of styles we can now choose from at whim - the elegant simplicity of the Georgian era , the exuberance of the early, middle and late Victorian periods, the sinuousness of Art Nouveau, the individualism of Arts and Crafts and the delicacy of Edwardian and Belle Epoque.

Antique enamel and gold bracelet

Antique enamel and gold bracelet

An eye catching, unique bracelet to make so many occasions very special.

2000.3593

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An antique garnet and silver bracelet by Wiese

An antique garnet and silver bracelet by Wiese

Jewellery by Weiss is always superb and highly sought after. Definitely very collectable.

2000 4231

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An antique micro mosaic panel bracelet

An antique micro mosaic panel bracelet

Ranked amongst the world’s most valuable postcards!

2000.0592

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Antique French enamel pansy and rose cut diamond leaves bangle

Antique French enamel pansy and rose cut diamond leaves bangle

“Think of me”. Love. An eloquent declaration of passion and a plea for love to be reciprocated. Discover more below.

20005313

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Antique natural pearl rose cut diamond and rose gold hinged bangle

Antique natural pearl rose cut diamond and rose gold hinged bangle

Neptune’s treasures for sea nymphs. Read further on the importance of natural pearls today.

20006129

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Antique ruby, seed pearl and rose gold bracelet

Antique ruby, seed pearl and rose gold bracelet

An antique curb link bracelet with a twist for those who like to be individual

20004781

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An antique diamond and yellow gold hinged buckle design bangle

An antique diamond and yellow gold hinged buckle design bangle

Early twentieth century delicacy with simplicity of design make a very contemporary feeling bangle - for those who like to stand out subtly from the crowd.

20003491

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An antique Egyptian Revival gold enamel and gem-set brooch

An antique Egyptian Revival gold enamel and gem-set brooch

This rare and intriguing enamelled jewel is a wonderful conversation starter. Read about the brooch and the passionate enthusiasm for Egyptian Revival at this time.

20005849

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Large antique diamond triple loop ribbon bow brooch

Large antique diamond triple loop ribbon bow brooch

The brooch for every conceivable special occasion. Tea with the Queen?

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Antique Etruscan Revival gold and lapis lazuli brooch

Antique Etruscan Revival gold and lapis lazuli brooch

Etruscan Revival jewellery is always sought after, perhaps because it is not only fascinating but so wearable today.

20005818

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Fine Russian antique diamond ear pendants

Fine Russian antique diamond ear pendants

Antique Russian jewellery is always so desirable. No wonder Russians world-wide are buying back their antique jewellery.

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Antique diamond gold and silver floral cluster earrings

Antique diamond gold and silver floral cluster earrings

These earrings will quickly become one of your most popular pairs- your go-to earring for all occasions.

20005023

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Antique gilded gold and shell oval cameo earrings

Antique gilded gold and shell oval cameo earrings

Earrings are timeless when the beauty is in the simplicity of design.

20007935

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Antique ruby diamond and gold set cluster earrings

Antique ruby diamond and gold set cluster earrings

Absolutely stunning. Glowing rich colour and almost invisible settings. You will never want to take them off.

20006754

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Antique diamond snowflake pendant

Antique diamond snowflake pendant

Imagine one hundred of these snowflakes on your Christmas tree. But then imagine just this one under your tree for the best Christmas ever.

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Antique yellow gold pietra dura collar

Antique yellow gold pietra dura collar

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Colourful, casual, versatile, unique, butterflies...

2000.5962

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Antique sapphire and diamond necklace

Antique sapphire and diamond necklace

A particularly lovely sapphire double pendant necklace you will wear all the time.

2000.5979

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A large antique amethyst and diamond ring

A large antique amethyst and diamond ring

A spectacular and very feminine dress or cocktail ring with the diamond setting curving down onto your finger

2000 1698

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An Edwardian sapphire and diamond ring

An Edwardian sapphire and diamond ring

Rich in colour and history. Enrich it further with your story.

2000.2985

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An antique natural pearl and diamond ring

An antique natural pearl and diamond ring

Probably not for the introvert. An eye catching elongated ring of rare natural pearls.

2000.0547

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An antique gold and solitaire diamond ring

An antique gold and solitaire diamond ring

Rich coloured gold and carving holding an antique diamond make this an irresistible jewel.

20007355

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Antique gold and diamond Russian ring

Antique gold and diamond Russian ring

The quality of good Russian jewellery is always self evident. A very handsome ring indeed.

20004620

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