SELECT AUCTION OF UNIQUE, BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE JEWELRY
Are you looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind, handmade piece of jewelry to express your individual sense of style? If so, please join Heritage Auction’s inaugural Antique Heirloom Jewels event for a fascinating stroll back in time to explore highlights of the Georgian era, through Victorian to Art Nouveau, Edwardian and the early 20th century. We searched far and wide to curate an impressive and affordable selection with you in mind. Be ready to feast your eyes on an eclectic mix of diamonds, colored stones, enamel and Etruscan Revival gold heirlooms – all ready to be worn!
Each and every piece presented in our Antique Heirloom Jewels auction offers outstanding value, exceptional hand-made quality and the romance of a past era. Acquiring antique jewelry is a form of recycling — it is environmentally friendly, since no current energy or water supply was used to create it, thereby lessening the impact on fragile resources!
Be a part of the movement to revive Antique Heirloom Jewels by participating in this very special antique treasure hunt and enrich your personal collection! Let the exploration begin!
Bidding opens September 7, 2021, visit HA.com/AntiqueHeirloomJewels.
Georgian Era | 1714 – 1839
If you discover a Georgian era jewel, consider yourself lucky, as pieces from this period are quite rare. Most were taken apart and repurposed or simply did not survive the centuries. Fashionable in-demand articles included cameos and intaglios, rivière necklaces and long chains with bow, floral, feather and classical themed components. To paint a picture of the era’s best style, consider the novels of Jane Austen – feminine, delicate, yet still very wearable.
Victorian Era | 1839 – 1901
Victorian jewelry is the next stop on our passage through history, representing a beautiful reminder of someone’s life journey. Queen Victoria ruled England for 63 years and her style evolved with momentous changes in her life. Some of the most popular and timeless jewelry motifs in the form of hearts, snakes, stars, butterflies, knots and tassels rose to the forefront, as did Italian micromosaics and Scottish agate, mementos from her travels, and Mourning jewelry following the loss of her beloved husband. The Queen’s subjects emulated her sense of style throughout its evolution. Jewels of the period held secret messages and hidden symbols associated with love, life and meaningful moments. Today, a resurgence of interest in the intangible element of romance which captivated Victorian society is brought to the forefront once again through the Regency London era romance of Bridgerton.
Art Nouveau Era | 1890 – 1914
Our journey wends through Art Nouveau jewelry, in which the celebration of the beauty of the feminine form was the focus of nymphs, fairies and mermaids with sensuous lines, whiplash-curved flowing hair or exotic flowers as fashion elements. Artisans experimented with affordable metals and gemstones along with enameling techniques, such as plique-à-jour and cloisonné.
Edwardian Era | 1901 – 1915
If you love platinum and filigree work, your style of jewelry likely belongs to the Edwardian period. The invention of the oxyacetylene torch allowed jewelers to work fine platinum wires as thin as strands of hair into delicate lace-like bows, ribbons and garlands. The light and airy designs were often accented by diamonds, aquamarine, opal, moonstone or pearls.