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Wednesday, 13 August 2014  |  Anne

ObsidObsidian A dark black hard glass like material which has been formed in a volcano. It is sometimes seen in Mexican jewellery as it is found in that country amongst othersian to Opal

Monday, 11 August 2014  |  Anne

Nacre to Nuvo :

Nacre The pretty part of a pearl, the substance laid down by the oyster which makes pearls pretty and lines the inside of shells

Thursday, 1 May 2014  |  Anne

Mabe Pearl

A pearl formed as a blister in the shell giving a semi circular appearance. These are more suitable for earrings and brooches than for necklace.


Monday, 28 April 2014  |  Anne


A greyish gemstone with flashes of rainbow colour

Lace Pin

A very small brooch which was used to pin together folds in lace - the pin on the back is generally linger than the pin itself

Thursday, 24 April 2014  |  Anne

Part K of the A-z of vintage jewellery.

This is the shortest so far , K is not a popular starting letter for jewellery terms.
Thursday, 20 March 2014  |  Anne
Tuesday, 11 March 2014  |  Anne

Theres a new feature Ive just added to the website - customer reviews.

You now have the opportunity to leave your opinion of a piece of jewellery here. The option has been added to a tab on each item

Monday, 3 March 2014  |  Anne

Jabot Pin: A double ended pin which is worn in a ruff or tie pin

Jade and Jadite: A green hardstone popular in the Orient. It is often carved with a decorative pattern or into the shape of animals. The most sought after is imperial Jade which

Tuesday, 21 January 2014  |  Anne

Part I of AntiquesAvenue's A-Z of Vintage Jewellery.

Illusion: An Illusion setting is when the surrounding of a gemstone is made so that it reflects the gemstone and makes it look bigger .

Imitation: When one material is made specifically to look like another. For example a paste stone or a clear diamante might imitate a diamond.


Monday, 30 December 2013  |  Anne

Do you own a vintage charm bracelet and have you ever wondered how old it is? Of course, like me, you may have a charm bracelet that was bought and collected for you in the 1960s or 1970s and so you know how old it is. If you have recently aquired an older charm bracelet it is interesting to know exactly how old it is. Hopefully this blog will help you determine that.

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