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Vintage and Antique Jewelry – Atlanta

Folks in Atlanta are paying attention to vintage and antique jewelry in Atlanta. From nearby communities such as Chamblee, Dunwoody/Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Alf, Roswell, Marietta, Kennesaw, Norcross, Duluth, John’s Creek, and Stone Mountain, the citizens there know they can rely on Lyn’s Estate Jewelry.

The vintage and antique jewelry that emerged on the streets of Atlanta during the early years of the twentieth century was a reflection of Victorian taste. Heavy and ornate jewelry, often machine manufactured, that was extremely popular in the preceding nineteenth century.

During this time, arts and crafts jewelry designers put to use materials with little intrinsic value and used them for their artistic benefits. Jewelers were allowed to be creative and were able to produce affordable objects by the plentiful use of Vitreous enamel and other materials such as moonstones and turquoise, misshapen pearls, glass and shell, base metals, and semi-precious stones like opals.

A lot of art nouveau jewelry came to Atlanta from France and Belgium and was an important contributor to jewelry fashion.

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Vintage and Antique Jewelry Art Nouveau Style Emerald and Diamond Earrings
Art Nouveau Style Emerald and Diamond Earrings

Usually worn by wealthy and artistically-literate women, art nouveau jewelry was inspired by literature and music, symbolist art, and a revival of the rococo period. Many art nouveau jewelers usually mixed precious metals and gemstones with inexpensive materials and favored cabochon enamel and plique-a-jour techniques.

In Atlanta, Georgia, producing arts and crafts jewelry was popular with amateurs, as it required only a modest investment in tools, and could safely be made in any kitchen. Many of the first American arts and crafts jewelers were self-taught and approached their jewelry as an art form and composition with the emphasis on aesthetic qualities rather than individual skill.

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Miami Art Deco Jewelry

Miami and Miami Beach have long been famous for a source of fine art deco jewelry. The Miami Art Deco District was designated on May 14, 1979, as a U.S. Historic District. This area is considered to be the best example of this particular architectural style.

Designers such as René Lalique and Cartier introduced colorful gemstones, such as small emeralds, rubies and, sapphires, in the 1920s and 1920s in an attempt to slow the dominance of diamonds. They created elaborate settings, using cheaper materials, making the pieces more readily available to the public. They used enamel, glass, horn, and ivory.

The 1925 Exposition

Visitors to the 1925 Exposition were introduced to a large number of diamonds cut in the shape of matchsticks, resembling tiny rods. Diamond settings also became different. Many jewelers started to use platinum which is more flexible and stronger than gold. For this reason, it was easier to set stone clusters. In order to create a stronger contrast, they would use black onyx and enamels.

Styles and colors became much more diverse in jewelry items. Gemstones were cut into the shapes of fruit, leaves and, flowers. From these they would create brooches, rings, earrings, clips, and pendants. Themes from the Far East also became immensely popular during this period. Combining diamonds and platinum, beautiful plaques of jade and coral were created. Japanese and Chinese landscapes were featured on powder boxes, cigarette cases and vanity cases using mother-of-pearl, lacquer, and enamel.

1920s Fashion & Art Deco Jewelry

Clothing fashions were changing rapidly during the 1920s which brought the need for new styles of jewelry. Dresses were now sleeveless which presented arms in need of decoration. Bracelets were quickly created by designers using platinum, silver, and gold encrusted with colorful stones such as lapis-lazuli, coral and onyx. Many women wore many bracelets at the same time, including those intended for the upper arms. Since their haircuts were now shorter, women were eager to show off their elaborate art deco earrings. Women were also beginning to smoke in public which called for the manufacture of fancy cigarette cases and cigarette holders made from ivory.

Art Deco Jewelry

World War I brought the invention of the wristwatch and jewelers were soon inspired to create magnificently designed watches plated with enamel, silver, gold and encrusted with diamonds. Fashionable pendant watches were hung from a ribbon.

Lyn’s Estate Jewelry specializes in Fine Art Deco Jewelry. Our items are hand-picked with love and care and always with style in mind. We also proudly serve West Palm Beach and the following nearby areas:

Opa Locka
North Miami Beach
Hallandale
Pembroke Pines
Hialeah
Miami Beach
Hollywood
Dania
Key Biscayne
Fort Lauderdale
Pompano Beach
Deerfield Beach

Miami is exploding with culture. From its world-class dining to its breakout performers and Art Deco landscapes, Miami is being noticed. And the world is paying attention.

A great part of that culture is fashion. Not just high fashion. There are also those, fashionistas and regular people, who appreciate the beauty from years gone by and express their style with the uniqueness of vintage and antique jewelry. Like a beautiful work of art, vintage and antique jewelry in Miami was made to be worn and displayed.

At Lyn’s Estate Jewelry, we are proud of our large selection of unique antique jewelry for sale, online and on Ebay. We not only sell antique jewelry we also buy unique vintage and estate jewelry pieces. If you would like to sell or trade an item, contact us here and we will respond promptly.

You can be a serious antique jewelry collector or simply a nostalgia enthusiast, you can find your desired piece of vintage jewelry for sale among our online collection. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, please Request an Item here and send us a description. It is our goal to make you happy!

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Edwardian Diamond Engagement Ring

The diamond engagement ring originated in the Edwardian period. The designs of the era were light, lace like and used as many diamonds as possible. Women wore white as the color of choice and diamonds fit into color scheme perfectly. The pictures below should give you a feel of how light, airy and delicate the designs of that era can be.

Therefore, the ascetic/historical aspect is very positive. The era is viewed favorably if the popularity of Downtown Abbey is any indication.  The look is so different from the sleek and sculptured, minimalist look of today. The workmanship and detail of the Edwardian era cannot be duplicated today at a an affordable price. Finally, as a testament to a sense of style and sophistication, an Edwardian piece can be the perfect accessory to the look you are seeking for that special occasion.

Evaluation of the monetary dimension to Edwardian jewelry (or any antique jewelry) is  composed of three parts, the precious metal (platinum, gold or silver) the gemstones, and the labor. In the specific case of Edwardian jewelry, I will focus on the pieces that used platinum and diamonds.

In 1751 platinum was defined as a precious metal. Besides platinum’s high melting point, it never tarnishes and it is highly resistant to corrosion. As mentioned above, it was during the Edwardian period that the technology to mass produce platinum based jewelry and create new lighter designs became available. Historically, the price of platinum consistently exceeds the price of gold. The chart below shows how the price of platinum has changed over time .

http://www.macrotrends.net/2541/platinum-prices-vs-gold-prices

Platinum has, at the minimum, kept pace with the rate of inflation. Currently, platinum is trading at a spot price below gold: making the current (2017) platinum price historically low by comparison.

Now that we have addressed the value of the precious metal, let’s discuss the diamonds, The diamonds used during the Edwardian era are known as old mine cushion  or old European cut diamonds. At one time these diamonds were considered of lesser value than the diamonds of today. However, times have changed in a significant way.

The organizations which rate diamonds, GIA and EGL, rate old cut diamonds and new diamonds by same standards. This means that the old cut and new cut diamonds with the same ratings make them equally valuable. Previously, jewelers would recut the old mine stone to conform with today’s cutting standards, thereby reducing the value of the stone by 20-30%.

Today, old mine diamonds are in demand and many times they can command a premium price due to the rarity of old mine diamonds. Additionally, there are political issues surrounding newly mined diamonds. Therefore, the diamond component of Edwardian jewelry is holding it’s own as an investment vehicle. Now on to the labor portion of the analysis.

You will notice that one of the hallmarks of Edwardian style is the very light and delicate nature of the workmanship. The intricate designs using a very difficult to use metal is labor intensive and requires a very skilled craftsman. Craftsman of this caliber are very rare and this makes these pieces of jewelry virtually irreplaceable.

In total, then, Edwardian jewelry is not only beautiful, by today’s standards, but also has the potential to increase in value. A work of art with intrinsic value is a good investment.

Therefore, the answer to the question is: Edwardian jewelry is not only aesthetically attractive, historically significant and materially valuable, it’s becoming increasingly rare.

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Edwardian Jewelry

Within the context of this time period, which overlaps the later years of the Victorian era and the start of WWI, Edward, as crown prince and later as king, was known as the leader of a fashionable elite that set the style of the english speaking world. Below are some pictures which should give you a sense  of the style from that era.


As you can see from the pictures, there is a whimsical yet formal sense to how these people in the middle and upper classes saw themselves. The television series Downtown Abbey, provides a fictional version of that time period, but the show does give us an authentic feel for the era.

 

The jewelry from that era, of course, reflects the style and thinking of the time. Jewelry, as an art form, will always reflect or in many cases predict the sense of an era. This era in jewelry design and fabrication sees the first use of platinum as a popular metal for jewelry. Platinum, a much stronger metal than gold, allowed the jewelry designer to create more delicate and intricately designed pieces. Additionally, the diamond mines in South Africa were in full production which stimulated the extravagant use  of diamonds in jewelry design.

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Why you should consider buying Edwardian jewelry?

For most people there are two reasons to buy jewelry. Either you like it or you think it will become more valuable. So, whether buying jewelry as either an adornment or an investment it is necessary to establish the true value of a piece of antique jewelry.There are two components to establishing value that I will explore in this article.

If we break down the components of the value proposition into two parts, we reflect on the aesthetic/historical significance of a particular piece and the monetary value of the raw material used to create the piece. The first aspect I will discuss in this article is the aesthetic/historical contribution to the value.

The aesthetic/historical dimension includes establishing the relative rarity of the any piece from a particular era as well as the rarity of a specific piece from that era. Value is also established by noting how well respected or important a particular era is viewed by current collectors. It is also important to understand how well the designs of a particular era fit into the design thinking of current collectors.Edwardian jewelry, in the final analysis, was created over 100 years ago. Therefore, as times marches on, the rarity of the jewelry will increase as pieces are lost, destroyed, or disassembled: as the number of available pieces declines, the rarity factor increases and so will the price.

The character of an era and how that era is viewed in retrospect will impact the popularity and thus the price of jewelry from a specific time period. In order to get a sense of the people and develop some insight into the designs and materials they used to express themselves it is useful to explore the history of that era. So let’s step into the time machine and begin our voyage of discovery.

In the strictest sense, the Edwardian period of English history begins and ends with the reign of Edward the VII (1901-1910). Edward was heir to Queen Victoria, who died in 1901. Since, historical eras are rarely so precisely delineated, historians defined the Edwardian era from the 1890s to 1914: the start of the first world war. As an additional bit of information: the Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts movement are dated contemporaneous to the Edwardian period. These are topics for another blog.

The Edwardian style, commonly referred to as La Belle Epoch, reflected a glorification of the wealth and aristocratic lifestyle available to the upper and  middle classes made possible by the industrial age. The style was very French and continental. The rapid rise of the jewelry powerhouses Tiffany and Cartier were the outward manifestations of the Edwardian world view.

Edward VII and Queen Alexandra 1901

 

Samuel Hynes, a noted historian and author summed up the Edwardian ethos: “the Edwardian era was a leisurely time when women wore picture hats and did not vote, when the rich were not ashamed to live conspicuously, and the sun really never set on the British flag.'”