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Brooches are my top reccomendation for Christmas gifts. One size fits all and there is an excellent choice of colour , shape and price to suit all. Here are 10 vintage brooches which would add a touch of sparkle to your Christmas giving this year. All are available from antiquesavenue.co.uk but remember as these are genuine pieces of vintage jewellery there is only one of each available.
Antique star pendant brooch
A stunning and versatile piece of antique jewellery. This is made of nine carat gold ( stamped 9ct), it is star shaped and set with seed pearls and a central ruby gemstone. This can be worn as a pendant or brooch with the loop for hanging being detachable if you wish. The star measures about 2.5 cms long. This will date from the Edwardian era – the early 1900s. A great gift for Christmas
Silver crystal art deco broochA sparkling silver brooch made of silver and set with clear crystal stones and a central blue one. As you can see this brooch has very art deco styling. It is stamped as .925 which is the standard for sterling silver. The brooch measures about 4.3 cms long. A lovely piece of vintage jewellery.
Huge harlequin diamante vintage brooch
A huge and stunning piece of vintage jewellery. This brooch is set with glass diamante in harlequin colours some of which have an aurora borealis finish. The stones in this brooch are all glass and prong set. The brooch is about 10 cms long and up to 6.5 cms wide. I believe this brooch is from the 1950s harlequin diamante vintage brooch
Diamond bow broochBows are not just found on the outside of Christmas presents, they can also be inside too. A rather special brooch in the shape of a bow. This brooch is set with sparkling spinel gemstones . Most of the brooch is rose gold with the central drop shaped piece being white gold. The gold is not hallmarked but tests as at least 14 carat . It will date from circa 1930s and measures about 5.3 cms long and over 3 cms deep. There is a secure trombone type clasp on the reverse. I suspect that this brooch is of French origin.
Antique silver angel broochA Christmas angle. An amazing antique brooch. This brooch is made of silver and is in the shape of an angel. This is a very well detailed piece of antique jewellery with the head and the wings being in 3d. This silver brooch measures about 5.5 cms long and fastens on the reverse with a strong C catch. As you can see it has an extended pin stem. This brooch is quite rare and collectible
Its Christmas shopping time again, there is still loads of time to buy your favourite vintage jewellery from AntiquesAvenue but for those of you who leave things to the last minute, here are the last days for placing your orders.
UK: Please place last orders by 9.0o am on December 20th. I know this sounds early but Im following the Royal Mail guidelines.
Asia, Australia, Far East (including Japan), New Zealand : 5 December
Canada, Eastern Europe and USA: 10 December
Western Europe: 12 December
Want help choosing your special gift? I will be along over the next few days with some gift suggestions.
Heres an update on my mini seriese on hallmarking which covers how to read the hallmarks that you can find on silver, gold and platinum jewellery. These are important to all collectors of antique and vintage jewellery as they help us to identify, date and value a piece.
- What are the different hallmark symbols?
- British hallmarks from the Victorian era through to the 1970s
- Current British hallmarks
- European hallmarks
- Useful books and websites
OK – Part one of my mini series on reading gold and silver hallmarks. Before we learn how to read them I though it would be useful to look at what useful information they tell us.
As far as I am concerned it is wonderful to find a piece of antique or vintage jewellery with a full set of British hallmarks. From a full set of British hallmarks on vintage and antique jewellery you can tell:
- what metal the jewellery is made of ( gold, silver or platinum)
- what the quality of that metal is ( 9 carat or 22 carat gold?)
- the date the piece was hallmarked ( 1870 or 1970?)
- the town it was hallmarked in
- the sponsors mark of the company who had the piece hallmarked ( often the maker or artist but could be a retailer)
So from these tiny marks we can gain really accurate and guaranteed information. No wonder antique British jewellery is so popular to collect.More recently (since 1999) the British hallmarking system has changed and we can often get less information but that will affect vintage collectors of the future rather than those of today. At least we can tell that the piece is after 1999. Each European country has a different set of marks some useful, others very difficult. I will cover other European countries later on.
Before we go any further arm yourself with a loup ( a jewellers 10x magnifying glass) and carefully clean out the dirt from the hallmarks on the metal. They are often so clogged up you cant read them. Unless you are certain that all the gems set into your jewellery are safe to clean do take care and seek specialist advice before carrying out this step. I also find that pen and paper is handy – copy out the hallmarks the letters and shapes. This means that you can use the hallmark tables without needing to keep examining the piece.
You are going to find a huge variety of marks and also many of your pieces of jewellery will not have any hallmarks – I will cover how to identify jewellery without hallmarks at a later date
Since my previous post on vintage jewellery hallmarks I have received a couple of queries about loupes – where to get one, which one to choose and how to use one.
There are good loupes and bad ones, as with most things in life you pay a little more for quality. If you are going to be examining lots of hallmarks its best to go for a slightly better one. Above are two loupes both have the same 10 x magnification – the tatty black one is the one I use every day, the shiny silver one I would only use in an emergency – it hurts my eyes to spend much time using that. The larger loupe has a lens about 20mm diameter. The smaller one is about 14mm.
Its that time of year again when we are all busy buying wonderful pressies to give at Christmas. Just to let you know that you can order from AntiquesAvenue up until 12.00 mid day on Friday 23rd to receive your Christmas gifts in time to give on Christmas day.
Here are the latest order times calculated so that I can reach the Royal Mails last posting dates for Christmas
December 4 th – Australia & New Zealand
Decemebr 7th – USA & Canada
December 11 Most of Europe
Friday 23rd December mid day UK . Please ensure that you will be at home on Saturday 24th to receive your parcel.
in the mean time I am here to help and will try and get back soon with some of my special gift recommendations
Time for an update on the latest vintage jewellery from AntiquesAvenue. Ive started blogging again after a few months of rarely updating over the summer. Am hoping to bring you lots from the world of Antiques, vintage and collectables over the coming months. In the meantime here is the latest on vintage jewellery from antiquesavenue.co.uk. Ive also been very busy adding loads of stock to the shop ensuring that there are now over 2000 different pieces for you to choose from. I suspect this is the widest selection available on the Interenet.
Vintage Jewellery this Christmas
Its about this time of year that I start to see what vintage jewellery items will be the hot gift this Christmas. If only I had foresight I could buy up lots of these in advance but not having a working crystal ball I can only offer limited stocks. This year the hottest items seem to be vintage lockets and vintage pearls necklaces. Here is one of the best cultured pearl necklaces Ive seen with the pearls measuring 1 cm diameter
Not all the pearl necklaces on antiquesavenue are this price, they start from abotu £28 including postage.
Ive had several requests for a way to see all my antique jewellery in one place and so Ive created a special antique jewellery section for this . Hopefully I will be adding more soon. The antique jewellery on antiquesavenue dates from the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras right up to circa 1920. After that time it becomes vintage jewellery on antiquesavenue.
With the price of gold being so very high at the moment, silver jewellery is becoming more and more popular. Silver jewellery is available is a wide range of shapes, sizes and quality. There are silver earrings, bracelets and bangles, rings and brooches. Designer silver, gemstone set silver and of course tiny pieces like silver charms. Did you see the Video I made yesterday on cleaning silver jewellery? This has proven quite popular already so Ill be making some more “How to” videos soon.
AntiquesAvenue on Facebook
I know I have lots of friends on facebook and many of you follow this blog. It would be really great if you could like antiquesavenue.co.uk on Facebook too. You can do this from most pages on the shop including this antique brooch
Next week im going to start a new competition for my facebook friends , the prize is going to be £50 of free jewellery. I will bring you news here but this particular competition is going to be for my facebook friends only.
New at AntiquesAvenue this week several interesting and romantic silver vintage lockets:
1970s round silver locket
Vintage heart locket
Heres an older style locket popular in the earlier 1900s. This locket is in the shape of a heart and has floral decoration on one side. The front hinges open from towards the base of the heart. The back of the locket is stamped as sterling silver.
The locket measures about 3 cms long plus the bails.
How do I live thee? silver locket
Heres a wonderful locket to give to someone you love. One side is decorated with two love birds . This silver locket measures about 3.5 cms long plus the decorative bail.
The reverse has the poem ” How do I love thee? Let me count the ways, I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach”. This poem was written by the Victorian Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
The full poem is
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee to the level of every day’s Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive for right. I love thee purely, as they turn from praise. I love thee with the passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death
A very attractive cocktail ring set with a large citrine gemstone. The citrine is art deco in shape but I think the ring actually dates from circa 1970s. The citrine measures about 1.3 cms x 1.1 cms. The shank of the ring tests as gold but is not hallmarked in any way - about 14 carat.
This ring is UK finger size M.5, USA size 6.5. AntiquesAvenue exclusively offers this ring for £85. Only one available