Vintage & Antique Jewellery

What makes jewellery vintage or antique?

Vintage jewellery is at least 20 years old. Antique jewellery is at least 100 years old. Sometimes we can be absolutely certain of ring ages due to hallmarks, other times we have to take an educated guess based on condition, style and stone cut. Hallmarking did not become a legal requirement until the mid 20th century, hence why so many vintage and antique rings are not hallmarked.

Why buy vintage or antique jewellery

If you are shopping for a vintage ring or other jewellery piece, it's likely because you or the person you intend to gift it to appreciates both the beauty and history of antique jewellery. There is something very magical about owning a old piece of jewellery that has been loved before, and that has survived for many many years against the odds. Antique jewellery is an actual piece of history with its own personal story to tell. By purchasing an antique or vintage piece, you are adding your happy ever after tale onto everything that has come before. Someone has loved this piece before. They beamed with joy when they received it and treasured it for years. They were the custodian then, and you are the custodian now. Whatever the style, what could possibly be more romantic and magical than that?