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Antique Jewelry

Thursday, 27 November 2008

antique jewelryThe dwellings so simple in architectural solutions are perceived as the average and standard housings. Though, if even some exterior details are performed in antique style, it really impresses and makes to look and assess again. Currently ancient styles perfectly match some modern architectural patterns to look noble and elegant. Old patterned doors and windows are not rare in modern architecture. Though, it is up to every person to have the housing architecture made in modern or ancient style. The antique jewelry is something that impressed people and left the traces throughout the history.

History of the antique jewelry

Each ancient luxury jewelry has the luxury history that goes back to the ancient times. Thus, the jewelry of the Victorian epoch looks very loving (1836-1901). The epoch is marked with the commencement of industrial revolution and various social reforms. During that epoch the middle class layer of the society was promoted to the higher level, yet they required creation jewelry. Queen Victoria was the romantic and sentimental person in nature, yet it could not have an impression and reflected onto the design of jewelry with the patterns of hearts and flowers. That was also the time when diamonds were discovered in high quantities that made them quite popular.

The Art Nouveau period (1890-1919)introduced the «modern age». The feminine patterns, sinuous lines and gentle colors were much demanded. The image of a girl with long flowing hair symbolizes the Art Nouveau period. Nature patterns, as poppies, butterflies, orchids, irises, dragonflies and others found their admirers. That jewelry was the art for art, and the material from which the jewelry was made did not play a great role. Though, gems stones like citrines, opals, moonstones were popular during the period mixed copper, ivory, pearls, tortoise-shell, and gemstones cut in cabachon.

The Edwardian Period (1901-1920) was different in style. It was famous for lighter and tenderer jewelry. Jewelers preferred platinum and diamonds to make intricate and delicate filigree patterns resembling lace. Also the pearl was highly demanded for jewels. During the period, King Edward was keen on sports, thus some jewelers are seen with sports patterns. All the jewelry of the period was full of beauty and nobleness. The Edwardian jewelry remained highly popular throughout the ages and even today they are ordered and worn by royal family members.

Art Deco Jewelry (1920-1935) is famous for bright color and straight line of jewels. That was the time when the world was reviving after the wars, and more precious stones were used to make jewelry. That was the time of Jazz, and the most popular images included long ear-rings, watches from diamond and pearls.

The period of Retro Jewelry (1935 - 1950) was the time resulted by the depression of the 1930s. The period of time was marked with a wide range of designs and patterns for jewels. The antique jewelry of this epoch is appreciated by the collectors, like Cartier and Tiffany diamond jewelry.

Investment into the antique jewelry

On the whole, antique jewelry is demanded for their esthetic value. Yet, it is a good investment. They are worth investing assets since they are usually purchased forever. They are durable, save the place and money for future. Currently, fake diamonds are marketed in high quantity made from moissanite. Moissanite is like the diamond, and sometimes the jewelry made from it look so genuine that only experts may identify the authenticity of jewels. When investing into ancient jewelry, you are assured that nobody will claim you on something, unlike banks that may go bankrupt. In the ancient time the platinum jewelry contained approximately 85% of the metal with admixture of other metals. Currently the platinum jewelry have only 58.5% of platinum in the, thus they are not so much valuable.

Yet, the rarity is far significant. Design and styles change, as everything is changed in our life, and only quality is permanent thing in our life. Ancient, really ancient jewelry is the quality you will appreciate.

However, you will fail to acquire the genuine ancient jewelry if you have no idea of their titles and names. Once you have assets to invest in them, keep in mind the names Cartier, Lee Van Cleef and Arpels, and Boucheron. The really precious stuff may be collected at auctions, and you may believe they are true. Also the open air shops and flea markets often propose good things that our grandmas and grandfathers kept for longer time at home and decided to put on sale.

Antique stones for the zodiac sign

As a gem, Garnet is good to wear by such horoscope signs as Capricorn, while Amethyst is perfect for Aquarius. Pisces will find harmony when wearing Aquamarine. Diamond or white Zircon will make a good effect to Aries, when the Taurus signs are balanced with Emerald. Sweet Pearl is found suitable for Gemini. Cancer will enjoy the effect of Ruby. And lemon green Peridot is ideally suitable for Leo. Hard Sapphire's for the naughty Virgo. The innocent white of Opal is assigned for Libra. Translucent Topaz is good for the active Scorpio and, finally, Torques the blue will make Sagittarius happy.

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