At The Chelsea Bijouterie, we feel that the principal reason for choosing vintage jewellery and antique jewellery is for its unique beauty and unsurpassed craftsmanship. There is also the intrigue and mystery associated with antique jewellery, there is something very romantic about jewellery with a story to tell.
Another great advantage of antique & vintage jewellery is that your piece will be unique, often handcrafted by skilled artisans with great attention to detail, every piece of vintage jewellery will be different from the next. It’s highly unlikely that you will ever find another piece of jewellery exactly like yours.
Of course, another good reason for choosing antique jewellery over new products is that it’s environmentally friendly. You are a conservator rather than a consumer. When choosing vintage – you are in effect, recycling!
Antique Jewellery makes the most of precious metals and stones
Raw or crude precious stones hold little attraction. The irresistible allure of the gems lies partly in history, partly in mythology and partly in the work of gifted craftsman and designers.
To the novice one “Art Deco” ring my look just like another, but with just a little study and patience the difference between the design integrity of the genuine article and the lack of design of the mass-manufactured piece comes sharply into focus. Youll be able to recognise, Shades of William Morris and the birth of the Arts and Craft movement leading into Art Nouveau.
Apart from the aesthetics, another good reason to invest in genuine, high-quality antique jewellery or a vintage watch is that these pieces will become more valuable over time. Also, these precious vintage pieces make a fabulous present, which can one day become heirlooms, handed down to children or grandchildren.
Be it a ring, earrings, necklace or bracelet vintage and antique jewellery is extremely wearable, suiting so many styles of dress and occasions from casual to formal. Such a wealth of choice from opulent pieces from the Victorian period to the clean slick lines of the Art Deco era. With antique jewellery you are purchasing a timeless piece that will be stylish for years to come not a trend that will quickly go out of fashion.
However, most people will simply buy a piece of antique jewellery because they love it!
Here is a selection of our favourite vintage & antique pieces.