The word ‘antique’ is commonly used to refer to anything that looks old, worn or dated. But what makes jewellery antique?

For a piece of jewellery to be termed ‘antique’ by a jewellery valuer, it must be 100 years old or older. If you are looking for antique jewellery, you should be looking for anything dated before 1921. The key periods you should be looking for are Edwardian, Victorian, Georgian, Stuart or Tudor. Why should you invest in antique fine jewellery?

Value and meaning

Modern high-street jewellery often becomes meaningful to us because we associate special memories or events with it. Antique jewellery already has meaning and inherent value by virtue of its age, heritage and history.

Repeated wear

Like clothing, our jewellery purchases are often contingent on varying trends and we may stop wearing certain pieces after they become unfashionable. Antique pieces are timeless, and a staple piece independent of trends can be worn time and time again.

Express your beauty and individuality

In the minds of many, antique jewellery conjures up images of gaudy, tired, or dated looking pieces. This isn’t the case! With a variety of styles, metals and stones to select from, you can find the perfect fit for your style.

Connect with history

Some pieces have been traced to their exact year and location! It goes without saying that your choice of fine jewellery will have its own story- think about who may have worn your jewellery before you, whom it was made for and why!

Exceptional design and quality

Your chosen piece of antique jewellery has already endured for over 100 years! This speaks to the quality of craftsmanship and the integrity of the materials used.

If you are new to wearing or collecting antique and vintage jewellery, we can help. Susan Rumfitt is a jewellery specialist conducting jewellery valuations in Harrogate. Contact The Gallery by telephone or online to start your search for the perfect antique piece.