The Timeless Appeal of Vintage Jewelry
Vintage jewelry has an enduring charm that never goes out of style. These pieces are not only beautiful, but they also have a rich history and a unique story to tell. From Art Deco rings to Victorian brooches, vintage jewelry is a treasure trove of timeless beauty and elegance.
So what exactly is vintage jewelry?
Typically, it refers to jewelry that is at least 20 years old, but not quite old enough to be considered antique. Vintage jewelry is often characterized by the design trends and techniques of the era in which it was created, making it a fascinating glimpse into the fashion and culture of the past.
One of the reasons vintage jewelry is so special is that each piece is one-of-a-kind. These pieces were handmade with intricate details and unique designs, making them truly special. And because they were made in a different era, they often reflect the style and trends of that time, again offering a glimpse into the past. Pictured below: Vintage Platinum & Champagne Diamond Ring; Vintage 14K Gold Cameo Brooch/Pendant (modeled by FACE donor and centenarian(!) Evelyn Gannon); Vintage 14K Yellow Gold Diamond & Sapphire Ring.
Vintage jewelry is more than just a beautiful accessory—it's a piece of history that has lived on through the years.
These pieces have survived decades or even centuries, and have been cherished and worn by generations before us. Here are a few reasons why vintage jewelry continues to live on:Timeless beauty
Rare and unique finds
When talking to former Olympian and vintage lover Carrie Bates, she said, “I love vintage because of the many lives each piece has lived.” She believes that with every owner that has had the piece, it was another life that piece has lived, making each piece have a story to tell." Of course, you don't need to know where a piece has been in order to enjoy it. The generous donor of much of our vintage jewelry said, “I really don’t know much about the history of the jewelry except that it belonged to my grandmother." She donated the jewelry to Wag N' Purr Shop so that the pieces would find a good home, and would additionally benefit a good cause. "What better than for animals?” she wrote. (We agree!)
Vintage Pieces Were Made to Last
Another reason vintage jewelry is so popular is that it is often made with high-quality materials and craftsmanship. Vintage pieces were made to last, with durable metals and precious gemstones that have stood the test of time and are still popular today. These materials were often used as a way to make jewelry more affordable for the average person, but they also allowed for more creativity and experimentation in design. Many vintage pieces are also signed by the designer or maker, adding to their value and authenticity.
Choosing Vintage is Choosing Sustainability
Vintage jewelry is also a sustainable choice for those who are environmentally conscious. By buying vintage, you are giving new life to a piece that might have otherwise been discarded. Plus, vintage pieces are often more affordable than their modern counterparts, making them a great value for those looking to add some unique style to their jewelry collection.
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