Archive for Necklaces
Made by the quality Jewelers Mappin and Webb, this necklace is in art deco style. The necklace is white gold and there are 15 real diamonds set into it. The pendant measures about 2.6 cms long and the necklace will hang at about 46 cms long in total. This lovely piece of jewellery is stamped with the Mappin and Webb makers initials as well as full nine carat gold hallmarks. Just one of the wonderful range of vintage necklaces currently available .
There’s a real treat for Vintage Jewellery lovers over at antiquesavenue. I’ve a few special lots of genuine vintage costume jewellery available at bargain wholesale prices.
All of these lots of jewellery are packed full of genuine vintage jewellery. Currently there is one lot of brooches and several lots of glass necklaces and I will be adding a few more collections over the coming weeks.
Please note all of my vintage jewellery collections are offered at a bargain price however I have not cleaned up the pieces, I am sending them out exactly as I have received them and you may wish to give them a gentle clean before wearing. The pieces are all quite wearable Eg catches and clasps working and no missing stones however there is likely to be minor signs of age as they are all genuinely vintage pieces of jewellery.
Lets take a look at one of these lots:
These necklaces are from a lifetimes collection of genuine vintage costume jewellery I have recently purchased and I have so many pieces I have decided to offer some of them in lots. In this lot you have a silver filigree necklace, crystal necklaces a couple of lavalier type pendants and a glass backed locket with filigree front. You get exactly the items shown in the pictures
Condition: all items are wearable however I am sending these out as I received them and they have not been cleaned. There will be a very small amount of wear as these are genuine vintage necklaces from circa 1930s to 1950s. All the stones and pearls you can see are glass.
I’ve spent most of today re-organising the vintage necklaces in my website shop. To try and make them easier to find I’ve divided them into types, Antique necklaces, Vintage necklaces, Glass Necklaces, Lockets and Pendants. Whilst I was doing this I started to think about all the different types of vintage glass necklaces strung with beads available – the range really is huge.
Antique Glass Necklaces
Whilst glass has been used in necklaces since ancient times, the earliest type of glass bead necklace we regularly find for sale these days are from the Victorian era and normally these are what is known to day as “French Jet” beads. French Jet was a popular imitation for real or Whitby jet during the Victorian era. It is not jet at all but a black glass which can sometimes be seen as a really really dark purple if you shine a light through it. French Jet beads are normally faceted and highly polished
Vintage Glass Necklaces
Moving forward in time Glass necklaces next become very popular in the art deco era. I am saying this as I have never seen an Edwardian necklaces in glass beads – The Edwardians preferred the Lavalier type pendants.
During the 1920s and 1930s there was a huge range of glass beads and necklaces popular. Many were made in Murano and Czechoslovakia and these are highly collectable today.
Perhaps some of the most collectable vintage glass necklaces have Wedding Cake beads or beads made of art glass. Many of these necklaces are strung on a metal chain rather than on a cord with one exception.Occasionally I find a flapper length glass necklace. Due to the weight of glass the glass beads in a flapper length necklace are quite small and often on a cord rather than a chain.
To my mind some of the most attractive glass necklaces are those with lamp work beads in the shape of fruit, flowers, leaves and rarely birds. These glass lampwork beads are attached by wire to the chain. If you are considering buying one of these lamp work necklaces do check the condition carefully as the ones I find are normally damaged.
Popular colors during the 1920s/ 1930s were crystal clear, green, yellow , pale blue and pink. Red is rarer and is a darker blue. The beads come in all shapes and sizes. Look out for large faceted beads in bright colours and interesting shapes.
A quick buying tip. Feel the beads get used to how warm a string of glass beads feel. Is the string unusually cold or takes longer than usual to warm up in your hand? If so then the beads could be real gemstones rather than glass. Its difficult to tell with the naked eye.
The 1950s and 1960s
Glass necklaces were again popular during the 50s and 60s. Many of the costume jewellery pearl necklaces we see from this time were made with glass beads , they can be natural pearl colour or a pastel colour with a pearl effect. The 1950s and 1960s saw triple string necklaces become popular and the beads were often irregular in shape.
Glass beads with an auroral borealis effect were introduced in the 1950s and quickly became all the rage. You can pick up a triple strand of high quality aurora borealis beads at a reasonable price and they will provide you with party sparkle for years to come.
The 1970s vintage glass necklace
Now I wore glass necklaces in the 1970s. They were long with tiny beads strung on a metal chain. Cheap hippie beads back then and ideal for today’s Boho look. These are often so fine that several strands can be worn at once. Still cheap today I guess that these are a great investment for the future. The wires are fine and they do tend to snag on woolen clothing so take care when wearing these glass beads.
Recently I bought a life times collection of vintage glass beads and so now has a section entirely devoted to Vintage Glass Beads of all ages. Personally I find them one of the most attractive forms of vintage costume jewellery and think they can only become rarer and more desirable as the years go on.
Its 18 months since I last wrote about Antique Lavaliere and since then I have acquired some really super examples of this special type of antique jewellery.
A Lavaliere is a type of pendant necklace. The term refers to a jewelled pendant on chain and was widely used in the first part of the last century. The necklace can be made of fine jewels or costume jewellery – the material is not what counts here it is the shape and form.
Apparently the term comes from the mistress of King Louis XiV of France : Madame Louise de La Valliere who lived between 1664 and 1710. Perhaps she was partial to a wearing this type of necklace or was given particularly fine examples by the king?
Here are a few pretty Lavaliers to look at and please do visit antiquesavenue’s Antique Jewellery section to see more. Note Lavalier can also be spelt Lavaliere or Lavalliere all seem to be correct.
Vintage Necklaces are featured this week on AntiquesAvenue vintage jewellery shop. As a special offer for AntiquesAvenue blog readers I am giving away a vintage necklace and two vintage pendants – see the end of this post for details.
Lets take a look at the range and types of vintage and antique jewellery you can wear around your neck:
Lockets, Ever popular for holding a picture or tiny memento inside. These are hung as a pendant from a chain or a ribbon
Pendants and Charms. When worn from a chain around your neck I believe that the difference between a pendant or charm is down to the size of the piece. A pendant would probably be over about 3 cms long and a charm under this length. The chain could also be a ribbon, cord or string of beads.
Necklace, Usually a string of beads, pearls or semi precious gemnstones or chain without a pendant attached. There can be more than one strand often in graduated lengths
Lavalier, A necklace with pendant drops attached. Popular in the Edwardian up until the 1920s
Chains, Can be made of precious metals ( silver and gold), costume jewellery metal or plastics. Neck chains can be worn alone or with a pendant drop. Gold and silver chains are often worn by men as well as women.
Sautoir, A long chain worn from the shoulders and hanging down to below the waist. Often has a pendant or tassel on both ends. Popular in the art deco era
Chocker, A short necklace which is worn tightly around the neck. Popular with Victorian ladies and had a revival in the 1970s
Lets take a look at some of these as featured in www.antiquesavenue.co.uk this week:
An original antique lavalier necklace. This is made of silver set with two real citrine gemstones and three pearls. A superb and genuine piece of antique jewellery.
The silver chain is 46 cms long the pendant drop adds a further 4 cms. The large citrine gemstone measures over 2 cms wide.
An antique silver locket which is fully hallmarked for 1883. This locket has Victorian aesthetic decoration which is typical of the time it was made. This antique silver locket opens and there is space for your own photographs or a small memento.
The locket comes on a silver chain which is much newer than the locket itself
vintage 1960s daisy flower citrine pendant 9 carat gold
A special daisy pendant dating from the 1960s and made of gold set with Citrines. This is made of fully hallmarked 9 carat gold . This stylish piece of vintage jewellery would really suit a retro outfit or todays boho fashions
4.3 cms long including bail, 2.3 cms wide at the base
A lovely vintage bead necklace made of wedding cake glass beads which would have been made ion Murano Italy. These beads are know as wedding cake beads due to the way that the decoration looks like it as been iced onto them. This necklace dates from circa 1920s and has been re-strung using the original beads and clasp.
This highly collectable necklace measures 58 cms long
Free Necklace give away
I have a vintage diamante necklace and two pendants to give away, these can be sent anywhere in the world . The giveaway goes to the reader who visits my vintage jewellery shop and chooses their favourite piece of neck jewellery which is NOT already featured in this blog post. Simply come back here and leave a comment telling which is your favourite piece why. I will select the best comment to send all three of these pieces of vintage jewellery to. This Give Away runs from today until the end of October 2009 when I will announce the lucky winner. No purchase required.
Pearl Necklaces – how to choose the right one to wear
So you fancy a vintage necklace? Pearl necklaces are very fashionable now but how do you choose from the huge variety available. As with all Jewellery is is nice to buy vintage jewellery as you will have something more unique and most likely at a better price and with a wider range to choose from.
Lets take a look at some terms associated with vintage pearls to help guide you:
These have been formed in the oyster without any interference from man. These are the original pearls sought after through the centuries and quite rare and expensive these days especially if you want a large matched necklace. If you are going to buy a natural pearl necklace I suggest that you take some expert advice from a jeweller so as not to be mis-led. Seed pearls are tiny natural pearls and baroque or fresh water pearls are natural but normal mis-shapen
These are formed in the oyster just like natural pearls but the formation of these is started by a tiny bead being introduced into the oyster shell. The oysters are farmed in large beds – The most famous name is cultured pearls is Mikimoto. Cultured pearls are much cheaper than natural pearls and unless you examine them very closely look just the same. If you see the term SouthSea pearls these are also cultured pearls
AntiquesAvenue always offers a selection of vintage pearl necklaces. Please do press the search button below to view them:
Faux Pearls, Imitation pearls, Majorcan pearls, costume pearls these are entirely man- made either from plastic or glass. Faux Pearls are costume jewellery, they are much cheaper than natural and cultured pearls and for a while can look the part . “Faux” is the French term for false or imitation.
Pink Pearls, Black Pearls:
Whilst natural coloured pearls can be found these have almost always have been dyed they could be cultured or faux pearls
Knotted String of pearls:
Pearl necklaces are often sold as “Hand Knotted”. This means that each pearl is knotted onto the string so that there is a tiny know between each pearl and its neighbour. Knotting in this way spaces out the pearls and prevents wear when they rub up together and also it prevents you from looking many if the string breaks. Good knotting is to be expected on a string of high quality pearls but beware can also be found on cheaper costume jewellery strings of pearls.
Creamy Pearls and White Pearls
Pearls can normally be found in creamy colours and in white. It is nice to choose a colour which goes well with your skin tone. Try both colours on and decide which looks best