It’s no surprise that the jewels of the past are warmly welcomed into the collections of today’s savviest consumers. There is a level of craftsmanship in antique jewelry - the skill of a master - rarely seen in contemporary work. The goldsmiths and designers of past centuries dedicated their lives to the perfection of their art. Their breath-taking works -delicate filigrees spun from filaments of gold, dream world insects draped with wafer thin layers of colored glass and precious stone, thousands of hand cut diamonds set into fabric-soft lattices of platinum – are a testament to the skill and imagination of man. The talents of several artisans were often enlisted towards the completion of a single piece! Lovingly worn and respectfully maintained, many of these extraordinary treasures have survived the passage of time to be appreciated and adored by new generations of jewelry connoisseurs.
Antique Jewelry - History
Many of today’s renowned design houses built their reputations over the last 150 years. Van Cleef and Arpels, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and Harry Winston continue the standards of the excellence they established in the 1800’s. Designing items for grand events as well as everyday wear, they fill each niche of a fine wardrobe with a consistency of exceptional quality. This diversity of design offers people from every walk of life the opportunity to own a work of art and a piece of history. While few of us have the means or circumstance to own a Picasso or Renoir, the possibility of wearing a creation from the house of Raymond Yard or David Webb is within reach of public grasp. Such antique jewelry masterpieces – anonymous and signed - can be found in many styles and price points.
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