At Tiquehunter Antiques, Jewelry and Coin, we carry all types of Antique & Estate Jewelry from all periods, including signed and unsigned costume jewelry. We buy and sell estate and antique costume jewelry. Our large selection contains several period designs such as Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco, Retro, Art Modern, Southwestern, as well as a large assortment of Estate Diamond Engagement Rings.
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The fine jewelry of the present era dates back to the 19th century, and it consists of gold, platinum, and gemstones. Jewelers such as Cartier, Tiffany, Lalique and Faberge created jewelry styles conforming to the artistic style of the times. Between 1910 and 1920, an artistic style known as Art Nouveau became popular. The style is characterized by abstractions, flowing lines, flowers, serpents, butterflies, and the depiction of women carved into the surfaces of many of this era’s jewelry pieces.
The 1940s is known as the Retro period in jewelry. Pink gold, large brooches, lush styling, and an extravagant use of gemstones characterize this style. Much of the enameled costume pieces of the 1920s created a new market for costume styles that mimicked the Retro period’s fine jewelry styles. During World War II, many women could not afford to buy jewelry made of precious metals. This gave rise to an even wider market for costume jewelry. Costume jewelry is very much a part of today’s styles, but there are still distinct differences between costume and fine jewelry.
Originally, costume or fashion jewelry was made of inexpensive simulated gemstones, such as rhinestones or lucite, set in pewter, silver, nickel or brass. During the depression years, rhinestones were even down-graded by some manufacturers to meet the cost of production. Some of the makers include Crown Trifari, Dior, Chanel, Miriam Haskell, Monet, Napier, Corocraft, Coventry, Eisenberg, Kim Craftsmen, and others.
During the World War II era, sterling silver was often incorporated into costume jewelry designs primarily because:
- The components used for base metal were needed for war time production
- Base metal was originally popular because it could approximate platinum’s color, sterling silver fulfilled the same function.
This resulted in a number of years during which sterling silver costume jewelry was produced and some can still be found in today’s vintage jewelry marketplace. Brooches, runway necklaces, pins, bracelets, rings, earrings and chains can be highly collectible.
Modern costume jewelry incorporates a wide range of materials. High end crystals, cubic zirconia simulated diamonds, and some semi-precious stones are used in place of precious stones. Metals include gold or silver-plated brass, and sometimes vermeil or sterling silver. Lower-priced jewelry may still use gold plating over pewter, nickel or other metals.
Southwest Turquoise Jewelry
We are always looking to increase our collections of Native American Southwest Jewelry. Sterling silver and turquoise rings, bracelets, squash blossoms, beadwork, necklaces, pendants and tribal pieces are highly sought-after jewelry.
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