Vintage or Antique Wedding Jewelry?
It seems that vintage wedding inspiration can come from anywhere. Perhaps it comes from browsing old family albums, or maybe just a love of glamorous days gone by. One of the most amazing aspects of a vintage wedding is the amazing vintage or antique wedding jewelry. Before purchasing antique or vintage jewelry for wedding purposes it helps to know a little bit about what you are buying so that you can make sure to be happy with your purchase.
Antique jewelry and vintage women jewelry are often used as interchangeable terms. As consumers it is easy to become confused when confronted with similar jewelry that is sold in both categories. We always want to look for a great deal, but in order to find that deal, we must understand what we are buying. In truth, these two types of jewelry are completely different both in terms of age and quality.
Vintage wedding jewelry is always younger than 100 years old, and is normally older than 50 years. It is common for a bride to want a piece of one of a kind wedding jewelry, but that is hard to find in the vintage market. Some vintage jewelry has been mass produced and it is rare to find an original one of a kind piece that was produced after the 1940’s. While it is hard to find the source of many vintage pieces, a few reputable sellers may provide documentation if you purchase a pricey piece.
In contrast, antique pieces of jewelry are always over 100 years old. Most pieces of antique jewelry are one of a kind pieces, or pieces that were produced in very small quantities. Any type of jewelry that is antique is valuable based on age alone, and must be carefully chosen and lovingly cared for. It is usually a very good idea to have any piece of jewelry considered an antique insured for a reasonable amount of money because chances are you will not be able to replace the piece if it is lost or stolen. Most antique jewelry is made from high quality gold, silver, or copper.
No matter where you find your vintage wedding inspiration there will always be great quality antique or vintage jewelry pieces to choose from. With a little luck and lot of research you can find a treasure that can be passed down for many more generations to come.