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Why buy vintage Jewellery?

Why wear something that someone else might be wearing?
You won’t see most of these items ever again so there is no chance of turning up at a special occasion in the same Necklace, Bracelet, Bangles

All Jewellery items where possible are Ultrasonic Cleaned, otherwise manually cleaned.

Vintage and Antique jewelry has a special unique glow and quality that is not found often in todays mass produced market.
I find that the best part of wearing vintage or antique jewelry is that I can change the mood of an outfit just by choosing a piece of jewelry from another era.

Every piece is unique, if you don't snap it up there and then, it could be gone when you go back for it (oh, the injustice of it all)!
Indulgence and nostalgia: Create some nostalgia for yesteryear, turn some heads, get a unique vintage look right out of the movies, create conversation and be seen! You can indulge yourself

I find that the best part of wearing vintage or antique jewelry is that I can change the mood of an outfit just by choosing a piece of jewelry from another era.

Every piece is unique, if you don't snap it up there and then, it could be gone when you go back for it (oh, the injustice of it all)!
Indulgence and nostalgia: Create some nostalgia for yesteryear, turn some heads, get a unique vintage look right out of the movies, create conversation and be seen! You can indulge yourself

What to look out for

What to look out for
• How have the stones been set? Are they glued or prong-set? Pieces with glued stones will be cheaper than those that have been prong-set. The latter uses small spikes of metal to hold the stones in place
in much the same way as fine jewellery and as a result has been more intricately designed and constructed.
Look for quality? Is the piece pleasing to the eye? Examine the stones – multifaceted stones and the combination of different cuts denote quality.
Is the piece signed? Turn it over. Many of the best pieces were almost as intricately designed on the back as they were on the front and will bear the name of the designer who created them.


• Names to note: Trifari particularly anything from the 1940s; Miriam Haskell; Stanley Hagler; Christian Dior; Elsa Shiaparelli; Joseff of Hollywood; Chanel; Kenneth Jay Lane and many more.

• How have the stones been set? Are they glued or prong-set? Pieces with glued stones will be cheaper than those that have been prong-set.The latter     uses small spikes of metal to hold the stones in place in much the same way as fine jewellery and as a result has been more intricately designed and constructed.

• Look for quality? Is the piece pleasing to the eye? Examine the stones – multifaceted stones and the combination of different cuts denote quality.

• Is the piece signed? Turn it over. Many of the best pieces were almost as intricately designed on the back as they were on the front and will bear the name of the designer who created them.

• Names to note: Trifari particularly anything from the 1940s; Miriam Haskell; Stanley Hagler; Christian Dior; Elsa Shiaparelli; Joseff of Hollywood;    Chanel; Kenneth Jay Lane and many more.

Cleaning Costume Jewellery

Costume jewellery is often delicate and requires more careful attention when cleaning. Often times, pieces are made of several different materials, it’s important to check your cleaner to make sure it’s safe for all parts of the piece. If your piece contains several different components (gemstones, metals, etc.) use this rule of thumb: Use only cleaners that are safe for the weakest component of your jewellery.
If you wear your jewellery daily or very often you will want to clean it weekly. If you wear it only for special occasions, you will want to clean it either after each wearing or before putting it back into storage. When cleaning costume jewellery, the driest method is the safest method so use as little liquids as necessary to remove the dirt and build-up.

• Avoid using alcohols or acids such as ammonia or vinegar.
• Do not use soap and water to clean costume jewellery as it leaves a residue on the metal.
• Windolene can damage stones and finishes and should be avoided.
• Vinegar can be harmful to gemstones and should also be avoided.
• A jewellery cleaner is your best choice. Choose a cleaner that is safe for the type of metal used in your piece. If there are several, choose the cleaner that is safe for the weakest one.
• Tooth Paste

Costume jewellery Cleaning

If you wear your jewellery daily or very often you will want to clean it weekly. If you wear it only for special occasions, you will want to clean it either after each wearing or before putting it back into storage. When cleaning costume jewellery, the driest method is the safest method so use as little liquids as necessary to remove the dirt and build-up.
You Will Need:

• Cleaning solution
• Small dish
• jewellery brush or baby toothbrush 
• Toothpick
• Soft cloth
• Hairdryer

The Cleaning Process:

1. Begin by finding a well-lit area to work in and gather all your supplies.
2. Pour a small amount of cleaning solution into a small dish.
3. Dip the soft bristled brush in to the cleaning solution and carefully scrub away any dirt from the jewellery. Do not soak the piece in the solution as it can weaken the adhesives and bonds.

Carefully scrub the folds and bends in the pieces as dirt often gets trapped there.

4. Use a wooden toothpick to remove any residue that cannot be reached with the brush.
5. Rinse carefully with clean water.
6. Dry quickly and thoroughly. You may want to lay the piece on a soft cloth and dry it with the hairdryer on a cool air setting.
7. Return your piece to its storage in a dry place separate from other jewellery.

Additional Tips and Advice

• If you don’t have a jewellery brush, an eyebrow brush will work as long as the bristles are soft. Using any brush with stiff bristles can scratch the jewellery surface.


• If you have a gemstone that is Pave Set (the stones are glued into the setting), do not immerse the piece in liquid during cleaning.


• Store costume jewellery away from other metal jewellery to avoid scratches. Using small pouches or separate compartments in a jewellery box works well.


• Do not expose costume jewellery to excessive heat as it can break down the bonds and adhesives.


• If your piece is a family heirloom or a valuable, delicate piece, you may want to have a professional jeweler clean it.

Beautiful

Nothing is more beautiful than a well-crafted piece of Vintage fine jewellery. Stones sparkle, chains shimmer and pearls give off their own unique lustre. Wearing a piece of fine Vintage jewellery, the experience is rewarding.

What’s more, others will notice the special quality of your piece and will naturally ask where you got it. the possibility of finding another such unique jewellery piece is very remote.

Stunning collection from sparkling, glamorous costume jewellery though to classic, sterling silver and gemstone pieces. we hand select every piece, coupled with the uniqueness of each item.

Nothing is more beautiful than a well-crafted piece of Vintage fine jewellery. Stones sparkle, chains shimmer and pearls give off their own unique lustre. Wearing a piece of fine Vintage jewellery, the experience is rewarding.

What’s more, others will notice the special quality of your piece and will naturally ask where you got it. the possibility of finding another such unique jewellery piece is very remote.

Stunning collection from sparkling, glamorous costume jewellery though to classic, sterling silver and gemstone pieces. we hand select every piece, coupled with the uniqueness of each item.

DIOR, CHRISTIAN

DIOR, CHRISTIAN -- est. Maison Dior in 1948 -- present

        

Designers/manufacturers of Dior jewerly include Dior Costume Jewelry mentioned in 1948 Vogue.

21 January 1905 – 23 October 1957 was a French fashion designer, best known as the founder of one of the world's top fashion houses.
one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. From 1941-1946, Dior worked at Lucien Lelong.
In the spring of 1947 Dior showed his first major collection, the “Corolle” line, which came to be known as the New Look.

MIRACLE Jewellery

MIRACLE Jewellery began manufacturing in Birmingham in 1946. During the last 64 years, have been the leading designer and British manufacturer of Celtic jewellery, Irish jewellery and Scottish style jewellery.

MIRACLE Jewellery began manufacturing in Birmingham in 1946. During the last 64 years, have been the leading designer and British manufacturer of Celtic jewellery, Irish jewellery and Scottish style jewellery.

Silver gilt

Silver Gilt is also known as silver gild, gilded silver, gilt silver or by its French term Vermeil. What ever term it is know by the jewellery is made of silver and has a think layer of gold over it to give a gold appearance. Silver gilt has been used in jewellery since ancient times however it is less common that gold or silver vintage jewellery


its easier to clean than solid silver and less prone to corrosion. Silver tarnishes easily and goes dark. When it has a layer of gold over it it stays bright ans shiny longer and is easier to clean. Have you ever seen a silver salt cellar? These are normally gilded on the inside as salt eats into silver but does not affect the gold at all. We all have salt in out skin which is one of the reasons that silver jewellery does go dark easily. The gold layer does protect it.

Silver gilt necklace and Bracelet

How to tell if a piece of jewellery is silver gilt


Silver hallmarks gold in colour? in this case it is probably silver gilt.

Silver gilt jewellery care

Jewellery will stay bright and clean for quite a while.  jewellery cleaner (not silver dip) but a cleaner suited to gold.

Put a drop of this on a cloth and wipe the jewellery. Then get a clean damp cloth and wipe off the residue of the cleaner and dry with a dry cloth . A polish with a gold polishing cloth would do just as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver-gilt

What is Silver-gilt

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn was once named one of the ten most fascinating women in the world.   She has managed to stand the test of time as women continue to copy her original look and style that was only Audrey’s. She was later named by People Magazine one of the most beautiful people in the world.

Her elegance and style will always be remembered in film history as evidenced by her being named in Empire Magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time”.

Audrey Hepburn’s elegant Diamond and Pearl Earring jewelry are as exquisite as the actress herself… and a perfect choice for any occasion!

Audrey Hepburn Jewelry

Pear shaped clear diamond drop cz 
Suspended from a round cut clear cz diamond 
Surrounded by a cluster of clear cz diamonds 
Platinum plating

audrey hepburn jewelry pear shaped diamond drop earrings