Sourcing vintage and antique jewellery

When it comes to sparkly things, I am a bit of a magpie. I love jewellery, whether it be the costume and paste variety, or the real thing. But one thing unites all my favourite pieces of jewellery – it is vintage and antique pieces that I love the most. I love the idea that something so beautiful may also have a provenance, a story behind it, that it may have been super special to the person who first owned it. I wear my nan’s gold and diamond engagement ring every single day, knowing that it replaced a ration era thin band of gold and so was much loved and cherished, a symbol of times that were changing and improving. Only vintage and antique jewellery can hold stories like this.

The Real Thing

Finding really unusual and beautiful antique gemstone and precious metal pieces in perfect condition can be quite difficult, so it is best to consult an expert. Where else to head except Hatton Garden, the jewellery capital in the capital. Berganza is a good port of call, specialising in antique and vintage jewellery, including engagement rings that have now become super popular for those who want something that is a little different to modern designs. Berganza is the place to go if you have a reasonable budget and you want to get that unforgettable, show-stopping piece.

Art Nouveau Era ring - amazing.

Art Nouveau Era ring – amazing.

The colour of this stone.

The colour of this stone.

Costume and paste jewellery

If your budget does not stretch to the real thing, you can find some really interesting pieces of costume and paste vintage jewellery without breaking the bank. Vintage stores and Antique fairs can have rich pickings, but you can also find great pieces at jumble sales, charity shops and car boot sales. I wore a set of Austrian crystals on my wedding day that were from the 1960s and just sparkled so brightly with my dress. Names to look out for include Trifari, early Butler and Wilson, Monet (some really brilliant 1980s classics out there) and Lisner. But if you love it, and the price is right, you can pick up something that will become really special to you.



1960s perspex necklace

1960s perspex necklace



That brooch in that last picture cost a grand total of 95p. It is definitely worth looking around – you may just find a lovely bargain.

How To Invest In Vintage Timepieces

Many people don’t purchase a watch, they invest in one. Even if they end up spending a lot on a vintage piece, there’s one thing that they keep in mind and that is appreciation.

Here are some important qualities to look out for when starting your collection and  or you are looking for vintage wrist watches for sale at


The Manufacturer

The stamp found on the watch’s dial can affect its importance. Rolex, Patek, Omega, and Vacheron are the most recognized pieces for their high returns in auctions. Smaller manufacturers have also enjoyed heightened interest, but they are occasional exceptions. The high end brands are best the majority of the time, but don’t neglect the smaller brands, you can never predict what they could be worth later on.

Case Metal

When buying a classic sports watch, be it an AP Royal Oak or a Rolex Sub, stay away from two-tone, it’s simply a terrible investment. However, it can also be a good investment when it comes to Vacheron and Patek where there is a rare metal combination.

You Don’t Have to Invest in What Everyone Else Likes

Did you know that the Daytona used to be Rolex’s least popular sports watch? Today, it’s one of the most collected timepieces in the market. How come? During that time, consumers and industry figures liked the other watches better, leaving the Daytona sales to fail. Many years later, it had started getting acknowledgment for its scarcity as well as its one-of-a-kind aesthetics. It was also used by a famous actor and racer, Paul Newman, so that helped its appreciation, too. So you really don’t always have to get what everyone else loves.

Where To Buy

Starting your collection may seem easy at first, but purchasing vintage wrist watches isn’t really a walk in the park. Time and money are essential, as is knowing what you want and finding the top antique jewellery provider from Sydney.

Anyone can go online or walk into a shop and buy a Rolex Date just for £3000. But, what if the watch is only worth half that amount? That’s why auctions can be the way to go. Sotheby’s, Christies, Antiquorum and Bonham’s are some world premier destinations for purchasing and selling antique watches. Prices are usually well below retail and all the pieces are authenticated by renowned experts as well as graded based on their condition.

If you much prefer to purchase your watches for a set price and minus any additional fees, online at Kalmar Antiques is the way to go. Besides getting antique watches from an auction, transacting with highly reputable and respected dealers is also a recommended option.

Looking Ahead

We all know that there are rewards and risks associated with any kind of investment we tend to make. But it’s important to realise the importance of horological knowledge when it comes to investing in vintage wrist watches. Speculation tends to play a major role in buying the “right” watch and one that will yield substantial returns in the future.

Of course, you may have decided to begin a vintage watch collection just because you love the watches. That’s okay, so long as you stick to investing in items you really like!

Christmas gift ideas from Modern Vintage Style

If you are looking for a unique, special Christmas gift for a jewellery or vintage lover this year, then take a look at Modern Vintage Style. The company specialises in sourcing vintage and handmade jewellery that offers something a little different from the High Street styles. With new pieces added regularly, and prices that are purse friendly, you can be sure to find a really personal gift, and be supporting small business this Christmas.

The Modern Vintage Style range includes a mixture of vintage costume and designer jewellery, as well as beautiful gemstone vintage style jewellery. The collections includes vintage earrings, necklaces, pendants, rings, brooches and pins by top designer names including amongst others, Georg Jensen, NE From, Norman Grant, Butler and Wilson, Trifari and Coro. In addition, there are vintage style pieces  that are created using a range of different precious metals and different stones and glass beads.

I was sent a couple of beautiful pieces to review from Modern Vintage Style from the vintage brooch collection, including a vintage Trifari Modernist Brooch that I totally fell in love with. I’m not sure when the brooch was produced – it has a 1940s feel, but could easily come from the 1980s.


The brooch came presented in a lovely gift box and was delivered very quickly from time of ordering (a couple of days maximum).  I was sent a second brooch, a paste 1950s design with beautiful turquoise glass stones. This was again presented in a lovely gift box making these a really nice option for Christmas.


DSCN0489[1]I think a vintage brooch is a wonderful way to accessorise a black dress or (in my case) a tuxedo style jacket. I added the Trufari brooch to a Planet jacket I was wearing for The Rat Pack Christmas show (which you can read about in my last post) and thought it looked really striking.

I would definitely recommend a little browse around Modern Vintage Style if you are stuck for Christmas inspiration, or just fancy treating yourself to something pretty and sparkly.

*I was sent some jewellery for the purpose of a review post.