Jewelry Part III - Jewelry Through the Ages

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Want to learn more jewelry-related vocabulary and terminology? Knowing and better understanding the lingo of the jewelry industry can help you be a savvier shopper both online and in-person. Check out our glossary of terms organized in several categories for ease of reference....

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Antique Jewelry

jewelry which is at least 100 years old

Arts & Crafts

Popular around the turn of the 20th century, concurrent with Edwardian period, this style celebrated hand-crafted jewelry, marked by simple designs with intricate metalwork

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Art Deco

a decorative style found in the 1920’s and 1930’s which features bold geometric shapes, linear patterns, and diverse colors

Art Nouveau

a decorative style generally found from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s which is characterized by free-flowing lines and stylized natural forms (i.e., flowers, leaves, and female shapes)

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an art style characterized by ornate detail typical of the 17th century through mid- to late-18th century. Also an irregular-shaped stone or pearl

Danish Modern

a design style which uses elements typical of the 1960s "mid century modern" aesthetic and are of the “form follows function” genre. Generally minimalist in presentation

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popular during the Edwardian period (late 19th century through early 20th century) and characteristically containing delicate lace-like fine filigree workmanship with milgrain settings; pieces tend to be intricate, airy, and highly feminine in presentation

also, Belle Époque

Mid Century

a decorative style found in the 1950s and 60s with a markedly elegant and feminine form. Availability of previously sparse precious metals and gems meant a growing popularity in matching sets

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a term used to describe a mid-century movement in design and architecture (c. 1960s and 1970s) whereby a subject (as much as possible) is reduced to only its necessary elements


a decorative style beginning in the mid- to late-1960s with a move towards abstract pieces with a nod to Bohemian and multi-national flairs

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A decorative style typical of the 1940s and 50s filled with big, colorful, chunky jewelry pieces to contrast the designs typical of Depression and World War II era jewelry


a period of jewelry lasting during the reign of Queen Victoria from around 1837 - 1880; marked with ornate hair ornamentation (hair pins, hair combs, etc.), lockets, cross pendants, and cameos -- often made of enamel, gemstones, onyx, black glass, and gold

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Jewelry Part IV: Jewelry Types & Styles

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