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Its not always easy to find the vintage jewellery you are looking for, even on sites like mine where items are organised into categories such as cameos, vintage brooches or stick pins. The search box provides a useful tool when you are looking arround and with almost 2000 items there is a lot to choose from. Here are the top 30 searches where I dont have a category for the items this year on www.antiquesavenue.co.uk - I have the statistics from Google in case you wondered how I know . Its been fun putting together this top 30 searches so at the end of the year I will compile a top 50 Jewelelry items actually purchased during 2010
No Surprise here
2. Opal Ring
Now it was a surprise to find opal ring at no 2. Opals are beautiful and one of my favourite gemstones but they are quite soft and not the most suitable stone for a ring as the surface wears easily. I personally would prefer and opal bracelet – you can still see the opals whilst you wear the jewellery but they will not get damaged so easily.
Now this is interesting, antique to me means pre 1920s but charm bracelts in the form we know them today were not really common until after this time. Charms were of course made in large quantities but they were not often seen hung in quantity from a silver bracelet.
An all time favourite
The Victorians often worn a matching pair of bracelets, one on each wrist. I think this would look great today too.
A favourite gift. Most of the pearls you see today are either costume jewellery or cultured pearls. A good cultured pearl necklace is probably the best option as a lasting gift or glass costume jewellery pearls to wear occasionally.
The gift of parted lovers – Mizpah : may the Lord watch between me and thee when we are parted one from another.
Popular in the 1960s and 1970s and back in fashion now. Gold charm bracelets can be a great way to build a large piece of gold jewellery over time.
These are often purchased as gifts. I find men buying them for their wives on the birth of their first child .
10. Monet Jewellery
A surprise to me , I didnt know Monet Jewellery was that popular. I must look out for more.
Rose gold has a lovely warm pinky/ red colour created by the addition of copper into the gold . Normally nine carat gold. This type of gold jewellery is often from the early 1900s.
Everyone loves a bargain. AntiquesAvenue has a sale section, not much in it at the moment but watch out in January I have something special planned
For the “old” part of “old, new borrowed and blue”. How about an old and blue piece of jewellery to fill two of these at the same time?
A favourite gift from wives to husbands and also bought by work colleagues for men. I know because my customers tell me so.
15 Fob Spinner
Fashionable this year following vintage Theme films such as Alice and Sherlock Holmes where gents wore waistcoats and pocket watches
Are these sought after because they are cheaper or due to the romance of vintage I wonder?
The popularity of vintage engagement rings has rise in the last few months, since about June this year. Now that Price William has given his bride to be a vintage engagement ring I expect that these will be in greater demand than ever.
A perennial favourite. These are quite collectable, especially antique sentimental brooches such as Name brooches and floral brooches or even silver brooches with locket backs
Now I think this search comes from our friends in the USA. In the UK I see these charms referred to as moving charms rather than articulated. These charms are ones where they are hinged or linked together so that the parts move whilst you are wearing the bracelet.
20 Silver Ingot
The 1970s jewellery icon . A silver ingot with large hallmarks. I remember them from when I was a teenager, wanted one at the time but couldn’t afford it. Now I can afford one I wouldn’t want to wear it – typical.
A smart choice for gentleman to go with a smart suit on a posh evening out.
I am surprised that this search was not much higher as enamel jewellery always seems to sell well. One of my personal favourites.
These are getting harder to find as they should be in pairs and the two have often become separated. Dress clips are meant to be worn on a neckline one on each side .
Now I have written about butterfly wing jewellery before. It ahas a lovely blue iridescent colour. I worry about where the butterflies came from although I am told they live a natural life and are collected after they die. This sort of jewllery is quite fragile and is ruined by a drip of moisture.
Another surprise – why is this not higher? Nearly 50% of the jewellery I sell is vintage silver.
Great fun for a party night or wearing to the office.
Lots to choose from but getting a bit expensive as the price of gold goes up.
Note to self – buy more of these , not something I often have in stock
29 Large brooch
Oh yes, a statement piece of jewellery. Something to provide a talking point or to liven up a dull out fit.
Dating from the 1830s to 1901. There is such a huge range of Victorian Jewellery available at reasonable prices. Antique jewellery from the Victorian era can be found from about £30 to many thousands of pounds. AntiquesAvenue has an antique jewellery section with lots of Victorian Jewellery.
I’d like to find out a little more about the readers of this blog, what sort of vintage jewellery you like, where you buy it and why. Ive created this short survey and anyone who participates can read the answers too. I hope you find it fun and if I get a good response I’ll add more polls in the future. Thanks for participating.
It looks like the world will be going football mad in a few days. For a whole month the TV will be filled with football but what about all of us who find it a pointless waste of time and want to run as soon as we hear the start of the commentary? Vintage Jewellery lovers I’ve got some alternatives for you.
Now is the time to buy
As someone who has been buying Vintage and Antique items for many many years I would say that during the world cup will be a great time to buy Vintage Jewellery as I believe prices will be lower then. Prices are traditionally lower on eBay during the Summer than in the Winter for Antique and Vintage items. Add in an event like the world cup and you have a real opportunity for a bargain.
I will be looking on eBay for items ending during the England matches. Few will be buying during that time and auctions will end low. Similarly with real life auctions and antique fairs, those held on world cup days are likely to be poorly attended by buyers and it is your chance to grab the goodies.
Learn something new
Time on your hands whilst your friends and partners are watching TV? What a great opportunity to learn something more about your favourite area of Vintage Jewellery or other antiques.
There are some great books or research on the Internet. Personally I will use any spare time to find out more about Designer Jewellery especially the Scandinavian silver designers and their history. If you are quite new to collecting vintage jewellery then perhaps a book on gemstones or one of Millers books on Costume Jewellery .
Websites are also a source of information but they tend to be less in depth than books although much cheaper. There is loads of information here on wwe.antiquesavenue.com if you dig around and use the search box.
Prepare for the selling season
Another way I will be spending this quite time during the football ( yes I expect to have less customers too) is to prepare for the selling season ahead. Sorting and cleaning stock, photographing it and adding as much as I can to antiquesavenue.co.uk. If you are not planning on selling your jewels this year its still an great opportunity to clean your pieces and ensure that they are in good condition.
World Cup Final Discount
So I will be busy avoiding the World Cup by buying jewellery, Learning about it and preparing for the selling season . Everyone else will be having some excitement and so here’s an exciting offer from AntiquesAvenue for all of us who wont be watching the football. If England are in the world cup final I will give a discount of 20% for all orders placed during the World Cup Final Match. That’s a great offer from me as discount days are rare and normally only 10% . Spend the World Cup final with AntiquesAvenue instead. I believe it’s during a Sunday evening and so I will be here on line during that time to answer any questions and help select your discounted Vintage jewellery.
There is something about the origin of strange objects which fascinated me and which led me to becoming and antiques and vintage jewellery dealer. Working out what they are, what they are made of and how old can be quite a treasures hunt. Here is a mystery object which so far defeats me, can you help identify it? This is made of metal which I believe is brass and measures a little over 8 cms high. What I have here is a reproduction but I am interested in finding out what the original item was.
One side appears to be date 1012, if this is an English object then King Ethelred 11 ( The unready) would have been on the throne at that time. I’ve checked and his pictures do not show him looking like the helmeted chap on one side of this piece. A Viking perhpas? But would they be show with a Christian type cross on their helmet? There are words around the outside which I cane really make out, if I could then typing them into Google could well give me some clues about the piece. And what about the two strange fishy / dolphin things sitting on top?
Please do get in touch if you can provide any further information. Do you have an antique mystery object you would like help identifying? Get in touch with me and I will post it here on AntiquesAvenue blog and see if we can find the answer.
You cant get away from the general election anywhere today including AntiquesAvenue vintage jewellery and antiques blog. I came across these political comedy clips this morning and thought them more fun than listening to our politicians spinning their webs today. They only last a minute or so each, enjoy:
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