What’s Old is New Again …

BowWe Love Jewelry at Sather’s in Fort Collins, old and new. After 25 years of very successful Estate and Antique Jewelry Events we held each June, we now have an Estate and Antique Jewelry Collection on-going in our showroom.

Our Estate Jewelry Collection is quickly becoming a favorite among our clients. The Collection changes each day with a constant stream of Treasures from around the World streaming into our cases – waiting to WOW a new owner.

Our antique and estate jewelry collections include precious gems and metals from large and small estates, here and abroad. Many are one-of-a-kind. All are unique. Each piece of antique jewelry was made with the style and workmanship you expect of artisans of the past. Come see rings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, lavalieres, cameos, and earrings from such illustrious periods as: Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and even some Contemporary.Sunburst

Periods of Antique and Estate Jewelry

Georgian Period (1790-1831): Period defined by the reigns of four King Georges of England. The themes most often dealt with nature. Common were leaves, trees, flowers and animals. Often stones were set into sterling with a high karat gold backing. Stone cutting and faceting was in its developmental stages. Paste, a lead glass imitation stone was commonly used as a substitute for genuine gemstones.

Victorian (1831-1901): The reign of Queen Victoria was a diverse period. Queen Victoria’s husband died in 1861, so black enamel and jet jewelry grew in importance as Victoria remained in formal mourning until she died; finely worked gold pieces, often with granulation work in lovely, intricate detail; underlying emphasis on sentiment, the motifs of hearts, flowers, animals, clasped hands, locks of hair, all playing important roles.

RingEdwardian (1901-1915): The reign of King Edward VII brought a new romance defined by lightness, delicacy, much filigree work, mostly set in platinum, much knife-edge metal work to add laciness, emphasis on white stones such as diamonds and pearls, also common were demantoid garnets and amethyst.

ArtNouveauArt Nouveau (1895-1905): Flowing, sensual, unreal, asymmetrical lines, emphasis on women with sinuous bodies and long, undulating tresses; delicate colors, often fine enamel work which, when held up to the light, is transparent.

Art Deco (1920-1935): Hard, crisp, geometric patterns, bright color contrasts such as jade and onyx, coral and jet, rubies and emeralds; obsession with fun after horrors of World War I; Palm tree brooches, long rope-style necklaces; obsession with speed and science; diamond greyhound pins, lightning bolts, rockets, etc.

Retro (1940-1949): Jewelry reflected the feelings of the war and post war era, and the emergence of the United States as the major world power. Large scrolls and bows are a common theme. Rose colored gold was the predominant feature. Aquamarine, amethyst, sapphire and especially rubies were featured.

Post Retro (1950-1969): Explosion of the United States as the World’s economic power. Jewelry of this period is highly diverse using all types of designs and stones. Reproductions of earlier periods become more prevalent during this period.

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