Get to know your Vintage Jewellery

Vintage jewellery continues to be a huge trend on both the catwalk and the high street. But if you want to get it right, you need to know your Victorian from your Art Deco.

There are certain characteristics of all eras, so with a bit of knowledge it’s easy to get a vintage look right. Remember that original period pieces can often be restored easily by a jeweller that carries out jewellery repairs on the premises. Here’s an overview of all the different eras of vintage jewellery, all available from your local jewellers.


Romanesque jewellery, often thought of as Gothic Jewellery, comes from the period of around 1000 AD. People in Gothic Europe often wore jewellery which depicted their religious devotion, so crosses and images of saints were the height of fashion. Colourful gems were highly valued because they were thought to have various symbolisms.

Of course, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll have anything in your collection which is an original Romanesque piece; if you do, we hope you have it highly insured! But you may have a piece of fashion jewellery which is modelled on this period, such as a gemstone cross. If it has seen better days, take it to a local jewellery shop to have the stones replaced as part of their jewellery repairs on the premises service.


Jewellery from the time of King George is known as Georgian, and was often intricate and sparkling. If you wish to recreate this look, choose dangly chandelier earrings and intricate brooches. Diamonds are a good choice, as they were the most popular gemstone of the era.


The Victorian era was actually divided into three periods: the Romantic Period, the Grand Period and the Aesthetic Period.

Overall, the jewellery from this time was romantic and inspired by nature. It included motifs such as fruit, animals, hearts and flowers. An easy way to recreate this look is to add lockets, pearls and cameo brooches into your jewellery wardrobe. Gemstones were not fashionable during the first two periods, but did come back during the Aesthetic Period.

Remember that you can have pearl necklaces restrung if they are in need of a bit of TLC. Use a qualified jeweller who carries out jewellery repairs on the premises to undertake the work, so as to ensure that none of your precious pearls get lost during transit.

Art Deco

Art Deco spans a long period from 1920 to 1950. It was a mix of exotic designs and precious stones set within minimalist lines. For example, diamonds were used extensively and lavishly, but they were styled into pieces which adhered to strict geometric patterns.

Art Deco is modern and edgy; to style the look, choose square and rectangular pieces with princess and baguette cuts rather than round or oval stones. Big and bold was also better when it came to Art Deco!

No matter what your vintage style, period jewellery lovers can consult with the experts at EK Jewellers for specialist advice. We carry out jewellery repairs on the premises, so lovers of vintage in Loughton and Barkingside and of course Ilford and other surrounding areas can ensure that their precious pieces are in safe hands with us. Get to know your period pieces, and choose a style that works for you.

Posted on by Ian Tubby.