Shop Antique & Rare Vintage Jewelry at Dean’s Jewelry!
September 6, 2022
Dean’s Estate Jewelry Collection Features One-of-a-Kind Antique Jewelry Designs!
With the whole recycling and upcycling trend, vintage and antique jewelry are surging in popularity, in fact, many jewelry designers are incorporating Old World themes into their fall and winter jewelry lines. However, pre-owned luxury vintage jewelry is the desired choice for many since it is sustainable and environmentally responsible.
So, if you are wondering, “Where can I find vintage jewelry near me?” Well, for those who live near Coshocton & Mount Vernon, Ohio, the answer is Dean’s Jewelry! Shop our ever-changing Estate Collection for rare, one-of-a-kind pieces from every era.
Estate Jewelry Vs. Vintage Jewelry Vs. Antique Jewelry
The words estate, vintage, and antique are often interchangeable when talking about jewelry, however, there is a difference.
Estate jewelry refers to previously owned jewelry that has been acquired when an estate is liquidated and since it can be from any decade, isn’t necessarily jewelry that would be categorized as vintage or antique.
Vintage jewelry is any piece of jewelry that is over 20 years old.
Antique Jewelry is much older dating back 100 years or more. Much like fashion, jewelry trends have changed over the years. See for yourself.
Georgian Era: 1714-1835
In the Georgian Era, jewelry was made by hand primarily out of yellow gold and silver featuring intricate and ornate details and stones set in closed-back settings. Crosses, crowns, leaves, bows, feathers, teardrop shapes, hair jewelry, portrait miniatures, and cameos were popular during the Georgian Era.
Victorian Era: 1837-1901
Jewelry from the Victorian Era has a vast array of styles with various influences like Classical, Renaissance, Gothic and Ancient Greek, and Roman Mythology. This era is named after Queen Victoria, who used jewelry to mark specific life events. The first part of this era is known as the romantic period with sentimental jewelry including love knots, hearts, crosses, and snakes. Yes, snakes! One often doesn’t think of snakes as romantic, but Prince Albert did present a serpent engagement ring to Queen Victoria, so I guess it is romantic to her.
The death of Prince Albert marked the beginning of The Grand period and the trend toward mourning jewelry. Queen Victoria would often be seen wearing black jewelry. The motif at this time was dark, too, and featured skulls and skeletons made from onyx or fossilized coal. Towards the end of the Victorian Era is the aesthetic period with a more modest approach to jewelry. Opals, emeralds, amethysts, and even diamonds were worn daily. The trends included small earrings, brooches, and diamond fringe necklaces on delicate chains, peacocks, and Japanese-inspired designs.
Art Nouveau Era: 1890-1910
Jewelry from this era is inspired by nature and includes feminine lines, curves, and abstract concepts. The focus for jewelry designers was the setting, not the gemstones. Horns, ivory, enamel, and molded glass were utilized in the making of jewelry. During the Art Nouveau Era, it wasn’t unusual to see a brooch with an animal, insect, or fantasy creature adorned on it. A brooch with a bug on it? Seems a bit strange but anything for fashion, right?!?!
Edwardian Era: 1901-1915
Characterized by highly detailed feminine pieces with ribbon, lace, bows, and flowers. The Edwardian Era is one of the more sought-after periods when it comes to vintage jewelry. Perhaps a big reason for this is because technological advances made it possible to use delicate filigree patterns and platinum, allowing much more detail to be added to jewelry designs. It is interesting to note that Cartier was a new company at this time and became known for its intricate designs that are still popular today.
Art Deco Era: 1920-1935
Art Deco Jewelry is characterized by geometric patterns and contrasting colors. Designers were strongly influenced by art and by Middle Eastern and Asian architecture and design. In 1920 costume jewelry started becoming more popular drop earrings and long draping necklaces with pearls or fringe designs were popular. Costume Jewelry continued in popularity in 1930, however, with the Great Depression it became simpler and more understated, with shorter strands of pearls and stud earrings.
Retro Era: Late 1930s-1940s
Due to limited resources during WWII, jewelry designers switched to using less expensive stones and materials. Fashion was of low concern so perhaps to offset the somber mood jewelry was big and bold. The use of semi-precious stones allowed for a luxurious look without the high price.
Mid-Century Era: 1950s-Mid 1960s
The war is over, and luxury is back! Movie stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Audrey Hepburn dictated fashion. Who can forget the diamond choker, chandelier earrings and diamond cuff bracelets Marilyn Monroe wore in 1953’s “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” or the stunning pearl necklace Audrey Hepburn wore in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”? Okay, the later movie actually came out in 1961, but Audrey Hepburn was often photographed in pearls prior to that and is credited with pushing the pearl jewelry trend.
Matching jewelry was a big thing in the 1950s and beginning around 1955, jewelry was sold in sets including a matching ring, necklace, bracelet, earrings, and brooch. Floral designs inspired by the Victorian Era were popular with roses, sunflowers, poppies, and tulips being the favorite styles.
Forget gold, silver, and pearls, and bring on the plastic! Trending in the 60s are large, colorful statement earrings, layered necklaces, bracelets, and rings made of plastic, resin, and enamel. These new materials were less costly making jewelry affordable to everyone. Big, bold, funky shapes like hexagons, circles, squares, and triangles were arranged in unique ways that hadn’t been seen before. Think Art Deco on a grander scale.
As for colors, there was either monoch, rome jewelry featuring two contrasting neutral colors such as black and white. The other trend in color is fun and funky with colors such as violet and peach. The hippie trend was big with simplistic jewelry made by hand out of natural materials such as leather, wood, cord, feathers, and stone.
Vintage Jewelry Era: Post 1960s
Be bold in gold is the theme for the 1970s! Jewelry in the 70s demanded to be noticed! Think large statement pieces like oversized pendants, gold hoops, and gold chain necklaces layered on top of one another. This is the Disco Era, after all!
The natural trend from the 60s carried over and ushered in the bohemian style of the 70s. This Jewelry was simple and understated and often made of wood and stone with turquoise being the rage. The color palette changed from purple and peach to burnt orange and avocado green. Yup, even kitchen appliances came in these colors.
The jewelry in this decade was almost as big as the hair. Large pieces, bold colors, and dramatic earrings are all signs of 80s designs Plastic jewelry in neon colors and unusual shapes were in style, along with pearls, gems, and gold. “Express Yourself” wasn’t just a song by Madonna, it was also the attitude of the era.
With more and more women joining the workforce, women began purchasing jewelry for themselves as a symbol of achievement and success. The trends included large colorful gemstones, cluster jewelry featuring multiple small diamonds in intricate designs, extreme oversized metal or plastic clip-on earrings or hoops, chandelier earrings, tassels, big multicolored button earrings, large brooches, and multi-strand pearl necklaces or pearl chokers.
Rings were also big in the 80s, not just in popularity but also in size. Cocktail rings featuring large striking gemstones were the “go-to” for the fashion conscious. They were available in a multitude of colors, styles, and sizes, but the bigger, the better seemed to be the theme.
This decade also seemed to pay more attention to wrists with bracelets being an essential part of any 80’s fashion. It was common to see gemstone bracelets and colorful plastic jelly bracelets stacked on both wrists.
Enter the age of grunge where jewelry trends were influenced by rock bands and hip-hop artists. Chokers, safety pin bracelets, gothic crosses, leather cuffs, and oversized studs were the styles in the first half of the decade. Around 1995, grunge gave way to glamor with hoop earrings, anklets, cocktail rings, chandelier earrings and hair jewels. The hippie look came back into play near the end of the 1990s which ended the grunge look completely.
Believe it or not, jewelry from Y2K is now considered vintage since it is over 20 years old. Doesn’t seem right, does it? Jewelry from this decade included a plethora of daisies and smiling faces. The jelly bracelets from the 80s made a resurgence and hoop earrings were popular once again.
Why Vintage Jewelry?
Buying vintage jewelry is an investment, however, it is often priced at 20% less than comparable jewelry of today and is of better quality. Plus, when you buy vintage, like a vintage style engagement ring, you are making an ethical and environmentally friendly choice since there is no need to mine for the raw materials.
Estate Jewelry Near Me? It’s at Dean’s Jewelry!
So, if you want to buy a rare and unique vintage jewelry piece and live in or near Coshocton County or Knox County, Ohio, check out our Vintage and Estate jewelry collection at Dean’s Jewelry! Maybe you're on the lookout for fantastic vintage rings! You wouldn't believe the assortment of vintage engagement rings, vintage keepsake diamond rings, and vintage rose gold engagement rings you may find in our vast and ever-changing Estate Collection!
Perhaps maybe you were looking for lovely vintage earrings, an awesome antique lapel, or a brooch for your next night out on the town! Yes, at Dean's Jewelry, you may very well be surprised to find these excellent and decadent vintage-inspired designs in our collection, too!
For those of you inspired to dress like a star, September 27th in Coshocton and September 28th in Mount Vernon is Dean’s Estate Jewelry Event with pieces previously owned by celebrities such as Prince, Lana Turner, Joan Collins, Elvis, Amy Winehouse, Zsa Zsa Gabor and many more.
Schedule your appointment now for our Estate Jewelry Event, September 27th in Coshocton and September 28th in Mount Vernon.