For the past two weeks, we’ve discussed vintage jewelry, not only to try to define it, but also to break down the eras in which it was made. Last week, we defined eras through the nineteenth century, and this week, we’ll finish up by covering the twentieth century, which is especially important, because these are the pieces you’re most likely to find when you shop for jewelry at pawn shops in South Florida.
Arts and Crafts Jewelry (c. 1894-1923)
The Industrial Revolution meant mass-produced items—including jewelry flooded the market. In response, artisans introduced hand-crafted designs that were clean and simple.
Art Nouveau Jewelry (c. 1890-1915)
These pieces featured natural motifs—plants, insects, birds with Asian influence.
Edwardian Jewelry (c. 1901-1915)
After the death of Queen Victoria, designers became lavish and brought forth intricate and decorative designs featuring a host of brilliant gems.
Art Deco Jewelry (c. 1920-1935)
Africa, Japan, and Egypt promoted these new designs which featured strong lines and bright colors, often in geometric shapes and patterns. You’ll see a lot of bracelets in Art Deco.
Retro Jewelry (c. 1940)
As Hollywood’s influence increased, so did the American desire to emulate the stars. The showbiz glamour inspired big, colorful, bold jewelry.
You may find pieces like these at any pawn shop in Fort Lauderdale, but you also may find vintage costume jewelry, which his precisely what it sounds like: imitations of these styles. If you like them, please note that they are less expensive because they use gold plating, glass, or imitation gems. Nonetheless, many prominent designers–Weiss, Boucher, Kramer, etc.—create these vintage costume lines to satisfy customers who want the old-time styles without the hefty price tag.