Since antique jewelry is my passion and the current About.com jewelry section is lacking with resources on antique jewelry, I have been so happy to add to the archives with some basic antique and estate jewelry information.
Check out what's new this month:
The 2014 Cannes Film Festival was packed with celebrities showing off some gorgeous designer jewelry. Check out some of the looks here.
The end of May and beginning of June brings about many new fine jewelry trends at three of the largest trade shows of the year. Learn all about them here.
Since May is the month of Emerald, I decided to honor the gemstone with twenty very cool facts about the stone that you may or may not already know. Find out how many you know here.
This month kicked off with the iHeartRadio music awards full of hot jewelry trends. Check out some of the best jewelry looks for the night.
Then Sotheby's broke a few world records at their first big jewelry auction of the season! I am looking forward to all the great spring fine jewelry auctions, especially if they are anything like this one from Sotheby's.
I've been in the antique jewelry business for a long time now, so there are a lot of questions I get all the time, and other questions I always answer for customers whether they ask me or not. I think it is important to be an educated consumer when it comes to buying an engagement ring, no matter if it is old or new. It is a large investment just behind a house and a car, so its important to take your time. I put together a list of the top five questions you should ask if you are going to purchase an antique engagement ring.
I usually don't follow celebrities that closely unless it is for a larger award show like the Grammys or the Academy Awards, so it was unusual for me to scope out what celebrities were wearing in April to red carpet events. I had a lot of fun doing this though! There were some great yellow gold pieces glistening down the red carpet this month as well as a lot of leaf motifs. Check out a breakdown of my top ten looks here.
I sell a lot of jewelry from the late Victorian Era. These pieces date between the years of 1860 and 1895. Jewelry from the late Victorian Era was often mass produced and so a lot of it remains in tact. Jewelry from the early Victorian Era, however, is much harder to come by in the States. Most of the jewelry from this era was hand wrought and made with delicate stones like pearls, coral, and turquoise. Learn more about the early portion of the Victorian era here.
I've added a couple informative pieces to the network. The first is a guide to determine whether your shell cameo is real or fake. The second is a breakdown of the 7 most common jewelry eras, all of which are need to know when it comes to identifying antique jewelry. Let me know if you have any questions!
Today is the 44th Earth Day, and the sun is shining! When I arrived to work this morning, my Easter Lily and my tulips were both starting to bloom, so that appropriately put me in a very earthy mood. I like to think that I am a very conscious person in general, but I am aware that I can make many improvements in my everyday life to be more environmentally conscious. Are there ways to be more eco-friendly when it comes to buying and caring for fine jewelry? Of course! Here's just a start of things we can do to be more aware of fine jewelry we wear daily.
Naturally when it comes to me recommending where to buy a piece of fine vintage jewelry, I would first suggest checking out my shop. Though I realize full well there are a ton of amazing places and dealers to shop from. Whether they are on Etsy, or right around the corner from your house, a great piece of quality vintage jewelry is not far away! Learn more here about those places here.
I am so happy to officially announce that I have been chosen as the new About.com Jewelry Expert! My name is Lauren, and I am the owner and operator of Ageless Heirlooms, an antique jewelry business that specializes in all sorts of fine jewelry. Take a minute to learn more about me on my profile page, and come say hello on my Facebook page!
I will be sharing with all of you my extensive knowledge about the jewelry industry and hope to shed more light on the vintage jewelry aspect of the business. Bear with me as I begin to organize the current content of this page in a way that makes more sense. I will be updating some information as well as adding more relevant content as time goes on.
So who loves vintage jewelry?! I certainly do, and that's why my first contribution to the About.com network is an article about the differences between antique, vintage, and estate.