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French Vintage

Important To Note About Vintage Jewellery

These special pieces of vintage jewellery have been carefully hand selected, however because they are vintage which means they have made the journey through time between 25 to 80 years and sometimes longer, they may show some signs of use. These flaws however generally do not detract from the beauty of the piece and any major noticeable flaws will be pointed out.

Vintage jewellery is a fascinating reflection of the changing fashions and social history, from the early 19th centrury through every decade to present. Each item tells its own story through hidden clues that, when interpreted, help solve the mysteries that surround them. Vintage jewellery is at times rich and elegant, and at other times ornate, yet simple. Whether you are for something elaborate or simple beauty, our pieces are highly sought after and difficult to find - all of which adds to the excitement and pleasure of owning these pieces.

Arts and crafts jewellery (1894-1923)

Due to the Industrial Revolution, many jewelry designers rebelled during the Arts and Crafts movement, returning to intricate jewelry designs and handmade craftsmanship. It was common for jewelry of this era to be simple in pattern, made of colorful, uncut stones.

Art Deco jewellery (1915-1935)

A stilted, stylized design which was named after the 1925 L’Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris, France. Much of the Art Deco design was a transition from the earlier Art Nouveau, and as with the nouveau epoch, was inspired by the Art of the American Indian, ancient Egyptian, and Greek and Roman architecture. The early 1920s interest in Cubism and Dadaism as a new Art form, greatly influenced the Art Deco period. The King Tut traveling exhibit, in the 1970s, renewed the craze for Egyptian design jewelry. Additionally, the mysteries of the pyramids and a continuing revival of astrological studies, lent itself to Art Deco designs which in turn were incorporated in the Art Moderne period following 1930.

Retro jewelry (1945-1960)

Inspired by Hollywood, Retro jewelry is colorful, bold and elaborate. Commonly worn were large cocktail rings, bracelets, watches, necklaces and charm.

Plastics (1945-to present day)

Materials used were celluloid, bakelite, galalith, lucite, resins and acrylics. Many of these items you will find under their respective headings.

The term ‘Galalith’ was derived from the Greek words ‘gala’ (milk) and ‘lithos’ (stone). This collectible material was invented in 1889 by Adolph Spitteler and Wilhelm Krishe from solidifying milk protein. During the 1920's and 1930's galalith was commonly used to create jewellery.

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