My Must Have: Antique Jewelry

For over 25 years, my parents owned the county's only pawnshop. We had musical instruments, electronics, and weapons, but we specialized in jewelry. As a result of decades of staring at the variety of treasures in our cases, I developed a deep love for the craftsmanship involved in antique jewelry. From hand-cut diamonds to delicate platinum basketwork, modern jewelry couldn't hold a candle to these beauties. Pre-WWII jewelry was a particular favorite -- Art Deco geometry, Art Nouveau fantasy, and Victorian decadence.

Antique Turquoise

The hand-cut gems, the delicate gold work, and the item's history all converge together to make antique jewelry special. And a special item can provide a simple outfit with a pop.

Bright Pants, Antique Earrings

Scroll through the gallery below for some of my favorite (and crazy-expensive) antique jewelry on Polyvore.


Jennifer Wells said…
The South Bend farmers' market has an antique jewelry stand by the big coffee place where you can buy caramel apples. You probably already knew that, though! I found a gorgeous opal ring there once.
Jael Paris said…
I did not know this! Field trip!
Rachel said…
Love this post. It's so you :)
palmandpineblog said…
Love the mint/coral color combination ;) Happy Monday!

<3, natasha @ twenty-something blog

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