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Posted by Corinne Saunders and Erica Jago on 2017 Oct 3rd
Much of the jewellery and décor items we see today are influenced by decorative and design styles of the late 19th and early 20th century. In our next series of blogs, we will provide a quick checklist to some of these influential design movements.
One of our favourite significant movements was the arts and crafts movement.
"Strawberry Thief", One of William Morris's Most Popular Repeating Designs
The biggest thrill about being surrounded by vintage goodies is being able to share your love and passion with other equally passionate and interested collectors. Therefore, we are pleased to inform fellow “vintage lovers” we are out and about to share, chat and exchange interesting tid bits about all things vintage and antique. Saturday and Sunday October 21st (10am-5pm) - 22nd [...]
Part 1: Victorian What Does That Mean? Part 2: The Definition of “Victorian” Jewellery The final two decades of Queen Victoria’s reign saw the beginning of great changes within the very fabric of Victorian society. Celebrations for her 50 years on the throne in 1887 saw, at long last, a relaxation of the strict rules of mourning that she had imposed [...]
Part 2: The Definition of “Victorian” JewelleryPart 3: Late Victorian Jewellery circa 1880-1901What does it mean when we refer to something as Victorian? Why was Queen Victoria such an influential monarch and why was she referred to as the Grandmother of Europe? We will answer these and many more questions in our 3 part series on understanding an [...]
Part 1: Victorian What Does That Mean?Part 3: Late Victorian Jewellery circa 1880-1901 The Victorian period spanned the 19 th century from 1837, when Victoria inherited the throne of Great Britain, until 1901 when she died. As we have discussed previously it was an amazing and exciting period in history that brought about great changes in Britain and North America socially, [...]
I recently listened to a discussion on the radio regarding whether people preferred spring or fall. Having listened to the various comments and having given the question much thought, I couldn’t possibly give a definitive answer. I think the two seasons are so diverse and each has something different to offer.Right now, I’m enjoying the chirping of the busy [...]
My interest in Fabergé and the amazing Easter eggs goes back 25 years or more. I admire the craftsmanship, attention to detail, the beauty and fantasy of the pieces created by a true master craftsman. I am not really sure why I developed an interest in something that I will probably never get to hold let alone actually own. [...]
The feast of St. Patrick has been celebrated since the seventh century on the 17th March, commemorating the life of St Patrick who died on that day in 461 AD. Initially he disappeared from public memory but by the seventh century his missionary work in Ireland was recognized by the Christian church and he was [...]
It is hard to believe that rubber has been made into jewellery... But its true as there are two substances that were used, Vulcanite and Gutta Percha, both have often been confused with jet and bog oak. Read our blog to find out more about bog oak. These substances were used extensively although not exclusively in [...]
Bog oak is a fossilised wood that is found submerged up to ten meters deep in the Irish peat or bog marshes, that was used in the 19th century to make and carve symbolic Irish Jewellery. Other woods such as pine, yew and fir were also found in the marshes and not exclusively in Ireland, but it was the [...]