Dating vintage jewellery
After 1750, the emergence of Rococo style brought open, light, and asymmetrical lines to jewelry.
Notable archeological discoveries as well as wars also affected Georgian jewelry motifs.
Metals commonly used in jewelry during the period include: silver for gemstone settings; 18k or higher yellow gold; steel, iron, and pinchbeck (83% copper and 17% zinc).
A common metal working technique of the period, repoussé involved hammering malleable metal into intricate designs and patterns.
The beautiful memorial bracelet below exemplifies repoussé.While the aquamarines don’t have deep color, the gold and detailed hand-crafted metal set the price.Popular motifs included flowers, crescents, ribbons, bows, leaves, feather plumes, and sprays of foliage. Until 1750, the Baroque style dominated, with its total symmetry and heavy ornateness.Furthermore, hand-crafted jewelry doesn’t have porosity (surface pitting in the metal).
You’ll often see this in jewelry made with modern casting molds.This metal working technique, very popular in the 1820s and 30s, involved intricate wire work designs. This bracelet has five foil-backed aquamarine gemstones amongst intricate cannetille work.