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Those who appreciate the history and the quality of hand-fabricated, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry art will certainly enjoy period jewelry.
We work closely with our clients to help them find their special requests for antique and period pieces of fine jewelry. Please let us know what we can do to help you.
We are also available to lawyers, banks and individuals to evaluate and purchase entire estates or individual items.
Over 100 years old, Victorian pieces continue to charm us today. Made from silver, gold, diamonds, colored stones, moonstones, turquoise, onyx and enamel, they often take the form of natures flowers and birds, and archeological motifs which were popular at the time.
Art Deco is the most available and popular period jewelry in the marketplace today. Platinum, diamond and colored stones were arranged in geometric patterns with great artistry. French and American makers alike produced these wonderful jewels in the 1920's and 30's.
Edwardian jewelry is stately and refined, featuring delicate platinum work with diamonds and natural pearls. Tiaras, sautoirs, dramatic bows and garlands were worn by titled aristocrats and the upper classes.
Art Nouveau jewels are feminine and flowing works of artistry in gold and enamel, with colorful stone and pearl accents. Very often these jewels were French made, but many fine examples were also crafted in the United States.
The 1950's produced dramatic jewels in platinum, featuring sprays of fancy shape diamonds or colored stone centers set in diamond clusters. Iconic designs from this era by Harry Wiston, Van Cleef & Arpels and Oscar Heyman & Bros. are still popular today.
Older jewelry is a wonderful source of fine quality gemstones. One finds fine sapphires, rubies and emeralds, along with alexandrites, jadeite and natural pearls. These stones have stood the test of time in both their beauty and value.