For those looking for a distinctive piece of jewellery, there is nothing quite like investing in a piece that was created by artisans many years ago. This can include ancient jewellery as well as antique jewellery, although the more recent vintage jewellery has been particularly popular in recent years.
Regardless of this fact, some of the most popular items are antique necklaces. These range from items produced in the Georgian and Edwardian periods, right up to the more recent Art Deco style. All of these items have some beautiful and unique traits that distinguish them from one another.
There are several different styles of antique necklace, many of which have proven popular throughout the ages. Many designs have been around for centuries, and therefore can be found in different areas of antique jewellery. Here are some of the main styles that you can expect to see available from boutiques and specialist retailers of jewellery.
The first style that is very common is the bib necklace. This particular design is very familiar to many people as it is a statement necklace of the modern era too. Hanging like a bib around the neck these necklaces generally consist of stones and beads all intricately woven together to form a large and dramatic necklace that draws the eye.
A variety of different stones, colours and textures can be used in this type of necklace. Some of the earliest examples can be found in the Greek and Roman empire eras, and the style has been in and out of fashion ever since these times. Of course, the gemstones and metals are different depending on the era that the item was produced in.
Due to the large number of stones and intricate designs of these statement necklaces, you can expect to pay higher prices for an antique version that is still in excellent condition. However, these absolutely stunning antique necklaces may well be worth the investment, and will certainly retain their value as long as they are cared for.
The next common type is the choker, a very short necklace which is worn around the neck in a way that it looks like it could be ‘choking’ the wearer. This is a very old style which also dates back to ancient times, much in the way of bib necklaces.
With that said, the style was particularly popular in the 18th century, where lace was a material that was often used along with the gemstones that typically make up an important component of this design. As the choker has never gone out of style, it is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a piece of jewellery with a bit of history that will also suit that today’s fashions.
Lastly, one of the most popular items of vintage antique jewellery, which has enjoyed centuries of wear, is the torsade, or ‘twister’ necklace. Although this is similar to a choker due to its short length, this does not look the same when worn around the neck, instead resting on the collar bone.
The torsade – which means ‘twist’ in French – is an antique necklace made up of many strands which are twisted together to form a rope like design. These particular necklaces were very popular in ancient Egypt, and more recently enjoyed popularity in the 1980s.
This design is a particularly bold style of antique necklace, and is sure to make a statement. Like the bib necklace and the choker, the torsade is a style that can be both classic and modern, and therefore is well worth the investment if you are looking for an antique item of jewellery that you can wear today.