Heritage jewels are increasingly sought after nowadays, with prices ranging depending on factors like craftsmanship, durability, and age. This type of jewellery generally dates from the Georgian, Edwardian, Victorian and Art Deco periods, as well as from royal India times.
However, it is important to make the difference between antique and vintage before actually purchasing any heritage jewellery. Thus, genuine antique jewellery must be over 100 years old and less than 50% restored. On the other hand, pieces are considered vintage when they are between 50 and 100 years old. Obviously, antique items will be considerably more expensive than vintage ones.
Any antique piece makes a truly unique gift, considering how difficult it is to source, and that there is a limited number of 100+ years old jewellery available. These gems are not only beautiful and rare, but they are also shrouded in history, romance and mystery, leading some people to believe the stones possess magical powers.
Another important distinction to make is between genuine heritage and heritage inspired. To exemplify, let’s look at Indian jewellery, which is yet another popular, heritage inspired collection. Indian pieces generally draw from themes and patterns from royal India and Persia, dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries. They were popular with the British aristocracy, and have remained a favourite ever since.
The intricate Indian carvings and paintings are the inspiration for heritage Indian jewellery. While history is deeply embedded in each heritage inspired jewel, these beautiful pieces are modern creations for the modern woman, rather than authentic pieces. Nonetheless, they still are a stylish way to reconnect with history, as well as people and places long ago.
Designers use contemporary styling to make these jewels wearable, which is a huge perk when you consider that genuine antique pieces are generally too old for wearing. Each jewel takes several hours to make, and only the finest natural precious and semi-precious stones go into its making. The metal base is typically gold, silver or brass, styled to match or reflect the heritage story its designers wishes to tell to a contemporary audience.