Bestowing an historical engagement ring is far older than you might think. Traditions of giving a ring associated with love and romance go back thousands of years to the ancient world. From Ancient Greek rings featuring symbolic love knots, to the earliest betrothal rings from Ancient Rome showcasing intaglios depicting the god of love, Cupid.
Antique jewellery often has sentimental value; perhaps you have a family heirloom that has been passed down through generations. It can also be incredibly delicate and will require special care to ensure it stays looking beautiful. The following tips will help you to look after your antique jewellery.
Use beauty products wisely
You should always apply hairspray, makeup and perfume prior to putting on your jewellery, to avoid damaging it, and make sure you don’t bathe, shower or exercise whilst wearing antique pieces.
Pay attention to settings – if stones become even slightly loose, take your jewellery to a reputable antique jewellers for repair.
Cleaning your jewellery
You should never allow a jeweller to clean antique pieces in an ultrasonic cleaner as this could damage them. Harsh dip solutions that you can buy on the High Street should be avoided; instead make your own cleaning solutions at home.
For gold jewellery, use a gentle solution of 1/3 ammonia and 2/3 water to clean gently. Dip your piece in and then brush clean with an old, soft toothbrush, rinsing thoroughly in clean water and patting dry.
For silver pieces, a polishing cloth is usually all that’s needed. For more thorough cleaning, a paste of baking soda and water can be applied with a soft cloth. Rub in gently to remove tarnishing and rinse thoroughly; because it’s non-abrasive it will clean your pieces gently.
With these handy tips, your antique jewellery will stay looking beautiful for years to come!
Wedding season has officially arrived, and couples all over the country are excitedly preparing to tie the knot. If you’re lucky enough to be planning a summer wedding this year, here are some jewellery ideas that will set off your outfit to perfection.
You’re getting married in one of the most naturally stunning seasons of the year, so why not celebrate that fact with some flora and fauna inspired jewellery? Choose pieces in simple precious metals like silver and gold so as not to distract from the elaborate detailing of the design.
Incorporating warm, bright colours like blue, green and yellow can also give your wedding look a summery feel. Try gemstones like citrine, aquamarine, jade or emerald for a pretty addition to any colour or style of bridal gown.
If you’re opting for a rural, rustic feel for your wedding, match your jewellery to the theme with some vintage style antique pieces. Opt for classic pieces in subtle colours and you’ll be able to wear them again and again in the years to come – vintage jewellery is one option that will never go out of season or style.
If you’re looking for jewellery to set off your summer bridal look, head for the stores of Hatton Garden. With a range of jewellery to suit all seasons, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Jewellery may be a timeless investment, but there’s no denying that the shapes, sizes and trends of jewellery have evolved hundreds of times across the decades. With that in mind, welcome to our newest series of blogs, ‘Jewellery trends of the past’, which will tell you all you need to know about jewellery trends from times gone by. This week, the 1950s…
The 1950s is a period that’s universally recognised for its traditional styles and wholesome values, so it’s unsurprising that most of the jewellery of this era was prim and pretty rather than wild and rebellious. Conventional precious metals such as gold were used to create simple style for daytime wear, and women would save their more valuable pieces (usually adorned with diamonds or pearls for evening and special occasions.
However, in the latter half of the 1950s, costume jewellery became increasingly popular, and the industry saw the introduction of a greater range of colours and cuts. Costume jewellery was almost always sold in a set so that women could match their earrings, necklaces and bracelets with minimal effort and maximum impact. This type of jewellery complimented the clean lines and pencil skirts that were popular in the fashion industry at the time.
If you’re looking for a piece of 50’s style jewellery, why not pay a visit to the stores of Hatton Garden? With hundreds of jewellers stocking a variety of antique, vintage and heirloom jewellery, you’re bound to find something to suit your style.
Italian film star Gina Lollobridiga hit the headlines recently after some precious pieces from her jewellery collection were sold at auction – raising an impressive £3.3m in total. More than 20 items went to new homes on the day, but one of the most desirable pieces was a pair of breath-taking pearl and diamond earrings, which sold for £1.55m alone.
Jewellery is always a great investment purchase, as precious metals and gemstones that are kept in good condition will hold their value for many years. However, a piece of antique or heirloom jewellery has an additional importance because of its history.
In the case of Gina’s jewellery, this was the owner that was the source of its appeal. “So often women are lucky enough to be given jewellery, but when you have an actress, a famous lady, who has chosen the jewellery herself it makes it much more interesting,” David Bennett of Sotherby’s Geneva explained.
However, regardless of whether a gem has come from a celebrity home, every item of antique jewellery is valuable because of its own unique story. If you want to pick up a piece of pre-loved jewellery for your collection, why not pay a visit to the stores of Hatton Garden? From Victorian styles to Art-Deco designs, you’re bound to find a beautiful gem with an interesting tale to suit your interests.
Hatton Garden jewellers and jewellery services London EC1