Styles of Jewelry

While there are many styles of jewelry, we’ll focus on four – Vintage, Classic, Modern and Artisan.

  • Vintage: With inspiration from eras past like Victorian or Edwardian, vintage jewelry often has intricate metalwork and gem placement. Ornate, decorative effects, like halo and pave settings, intricate side diamonds and milgrain beaded accents are part of this style. Not to be confused with Antique jewelry which was made more than 100 years ago, vintage jewelry was made between 50 and 100 years ago.
  • Classic: These are not bound by past eras, but have timeless appeal and blur the lines between modern minimalism and old-world extravagance. Designs include solitaire rings, three stone gem settings and princess cut diamonds.
  • Modern/Contemporary: This style began in the early 1960s and is considered artistic, fun and self-expressing. It is when jewelry made the move from status symbol to an accessory. Modern jewelry often includes a mix of media used to create it and popular new styles which change with the decade.
  • Artisan: These original, handmade pieces are one of a kind. They often include a blending of metals and lesser-known gems.

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