Browsing local fine jewelers, I'm once again led to the past, where stone quality and design endure, undiminished by a century's passage.
Pieces made in the Victorian (1840-1901) and Edwardian (1901-1915) periods are still fairly easy to find at auction or in antique jewelry shops; the workmanship is superior to most branded-jewelry lines today.
Ca. 1880 rose gold and turquoise dangles with beautiful cabochons and large teardrop stones set in gold borders. Price, $975 from A. Brandt and Sons.
|Turquoise and rose gold|
|Silver and agate|
|Seed pearl and 18k|
Here's a nut to squirrel away for the winter! 1st Dibs seller Glorious Antique Jewelry offer well-modeled Edwardian silver acorns, with texture and contrast.
The leaf spreads 3/4 inch wide, the hanging length, 1 1/2 inches. Price, $1,200.
Luscious Victorian carved coral drops set in 18k gold, probably French, with slight wear that would not diminish my pleasure one bit. Price, £250 from Laurelle Antique Jewellery.
|Coral and gold drops|
|Elegant sapphire and diamond buttons|
Each piece delighted a woman a century ago, and is poised for a second life today. Victorian and Edwardian earrings mix happily with many modern bracelets and rings.
The only thing is, they do fancy a cup of tea at least daily.