Recognition of antique jewelry

date: 8/16/2012

The recognition of antique jewelry began in the glory of the 1920’s Art Deco and everything before then…like the great time periods of Art Nouveau, the Victorian period and on and on before. In today’s times, the advancement of technology is progressing remarkably fast that it is extremely astonishing. Even though, the artistic world remains in many aspects without significant changes.

The recognition of antique jewelry began in the glory of the 1920’s Art Deco and everything before then…like the great time periods of Art Nouveau, the Victorian period and on and on before.
In today’s times, the advancement of technology is progressing remarkably fast that it is extremely astonishing. Even though, the artistic world remains in many aspects without significant changes.
What I am saying doesn’t mean to under estimate the art of today, but we cannot compare it to the richness of art from the nearest past and earlier. Art forms like furniture, paintings, architecture, and jewelry and so on…
In the artistic aspect in comparison between the new modern art and the antique world art, it is obvious that the older art will always conquer.  There is only one simple reason, that people had plenty of time to focus on the art’s richness and beauty. In all forms of art, such as churches, palaces, museums, painting, sculptures, and of course jewelry. When these art forms were created time was spent endlessly to weeks, months and even years. In today’s time, time is money in every aspect, and people want to finish things as fast possible, and this reflects on the arts significance.
Recently there was a universal update to the meaning of antique art. As a matter of fact, in many places of the world art from the 1960’s is already considered as an antique or as many have started to say “vintage”.
There is a big misunderstandment to the treatment of antique jewelry, whether the value of it or to fashionably match it to today’s generation. Not once have I heard young girls saying that antique jewelry is for the elderly. On the contrary, many antique pieces of jewelry are so delicate and fine in art that they would match exactly to the young and delicate.
The main and most important difference between modern and old jewelry is that mostly all antique jewelry is a unique creation of art that has been handmade throughout a longer period of time than a modern piece of jewelry. I’m speaking of items that have a special character that had been made according to an order or certain special gemstones (specialty cuts, form, carved). All this is what makes it a one of a kind and truly unique. The jewelry of today are mostly mass produced and characterized by standard plain design. Don’t we all wish to own something that is only ours and remarkable?
To wear an old piece of jewelry is actually understanding and appreciation for culture, art, uniqueness and originality. Although the world is developing and advancing in technology very fast, I see that in antique jewelry there remains a sense of calmness and peacefulness.
The more the jewelry is antique, the more likely it is rare and much more valuable. The ancient jewelry that have been made hundreds or even thousands of years ago, mostly were made in plain and cylinder designs set with gemstones. These are usually museum pieces and are priceless.

One of the greatest things created that became amazing jewelry in the ancient times, was engravement on gemstones. Popularly known as cameo, and the most popular stone used in the ancient time was the agate family. What makes this amazing is that the engravement itself can only be drawn with a diamond VVS2 63.87, and that technique didn’t exist in the ancient times. Till today this mystery is unknown from the Greek and Roman empires.
In our modern times, thousands of identical jewelry that we mostly see in stores comes from factories that even sometimes no human interacted with its creation. Because the jewelry is created this way, it misses the whole point, art and purpose of the jewelry to beautify the person. 
This is why I look down upon the fact that many of women in our times are attracted more to the value of the diamond, rather than the art form and character of the jewelry that they wear. The jewelry that they end up wearing is merely a “catalogue number” rather than an art piece that expresses the woman’s taste and personality. 
That is why I recommend before you buy a piece according to its money value, you should appreciate its value as an art piece, which is rare to find in our times.

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