The best vintage jewellery shops in London
A beautiful, handcrafted necklace set with precious gems and intricate metalwork should be the crowning piece to complete your jewellery collection making you feel elegant and polished from head to toe.
A timeless look can be easily be achieved by using vintage jewellery pieces. Before we look at shops, take a step into the past and learn about some popular eras of antique and vintage jewellery design:
*Victorian designs date between 1837 and 1901. Designs during the era were romantic and jewellery pieces were quite intricate using such gemstones as amethyst, opal, coral, pearl, and garnet.
*Art Nouveau designs were popular between 1890 and 1915 with delicate pieces with detailed designs using mythical and Asian features.
*The Edwardian Era dated between 1901 and 1914 and was lighter and less frivolous, using filigree designs and millegrain details.
*Art Deco was a style popular in the Twenties and Thirties with designs using coloured gemstones mixed together to create striking and dramatic design combinations and a strong Egyptian and oriental influence.
Luckily, London has many excellent shops jam-packed with vintage and antique pieces:
Grays Antique Centre located on Davies Street, has one of the world’s largest collections of antiques. Here you will find a collection of antique jewellery and vintage designs, each a unique piece.
Another noteworthy establishment would be Andrew R. Ullmann Ltd, a family-run antique jewellery shop on Greville Street specialising in Georgian, Victorian and early 20th century jewellery, as well as silver and objets d’art.
Tatty Devine on Brick Lane have their own, often Eighties or Fifties kitsch inspired range of jewellery, but also offer vintage pieces by Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden.
Meanwhile, Butler and Wilson on South Molton Street were established in 1969. Designs offered are glamorous and designer, with plenty of vintage styles for you to choose from.
The Antique Jewellery Company on Davies Street has over 35 years of experience. They offer designs from such eras as Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco, priding themselves on not selling set pieces which are imitations or reproductions of originals collections.
Antique and vintage pieces are a great way of adding the glamour and elegance of past decades to your wardrobe, and if you think a necklace completes your jewellery collection, then a visit to one of the fine jewellery establishments in London noted above is in order. Timeless and elegant, you can be sure that your collection of vintage jewellery will never go out of style.
image: The Antique Jewellery Company