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Historic Preservation Month Highlight: Collecting Eventful Memories with Antique Jewelry

Tanzy Ward

Historic Preservation Month Highlight: Collecting Eventful Memories with Antique Jewelry

Antique jewelry courtesy of the Zanathia Jewelry Collection The historical significance and events connected with antique jewelry are critical to its preservation value. While analyzing the intriguing jewelry trends of the 19th century, the craftsmanship and intricate details are unparalleled and of high quality. The era was also a time of fascinating events and innovative ideas. Historically, preserving these collectibles is essential and pertinent because the jewelry is at least a century old, and many original pieces are becoming increasingly rare. Many authentic antique jewelry collectibles were not correctly preserved, destroyed with time, or damaged. These jewelry collectibles tell diverse stories and are...


Original or Imitation? Tips For Identifying Authentic Antique Jewelry

Tanzy Ward

Original or Imitation? Tips For Identifying Authentic Antique Jewelry

When I first began curating antique jewelry, sometimes it would be challenging to authenticate antique period-era items from reproduction styles. There is nothing wrong with replica styles and paying homage to original pieces, but collectors like myself are in love with actual memory-filled historic jewelry from the past. Authentic vintage jewelry styles are often inspired by earlier times, such as the Victorian-Revival era of the 1970s and '80s. These Victorian-Revival era pieces are at least 30-40 years old and were designed to resemble jewelry from the original Victorian era (c.1837-1901). As the years and generations go by, older accessories are...


The Art Nouveau Movement's Enduring Legacy

Tanzy Ward

The Art Nouveau Movement's Enduring Legacy

  The Art Nouveau Movement (c.1890-c.1915) was created in France and was short-lived partly due to World War 1 (1914-1918). The designs of The Art Nouveau Era ('New Art') were inspired by the natural world. Popular motifs included insects such as butterflies and dragonflies. In Art Nouveau jewelry, the pieces often emphasized a woman's physical features, being surrounded by a serene nature setting and mythical creatures such as mermaids. The artistic merit and natural beauty of semi-precious stones were emphasized in Art Nouveau jewelry instead of value. Moonstones, opals, amethyst, malachite, and enamel were all used in many jewelry pieces...


Identifying Southwestern Turquoise Jewelry & It's Interesting History

Tanzy Ward

Identifying Southwestern Turquoise Jewelry & It's Interesting History

Turquoise jewelry courtesy of the Zanathia Jewelry Collection Turquoise, a mineral created from copper and aluminum over 30 million years ago, is one of southwestern jewelry's most commonly used natural stones. It is believed that turquoise was first mined and used in North America around 200 B.C. In North America, turquoise can be found in historic active mines such as the Kingman Turquoise mine and the Morenci Turquoise mine in Arizona. Ancient tribes also mined their turquoise in the Cerrillos and Burro Mountains of New Mexico. Some ancient tribes that used turquoise were the Hohokam and Anasazi people. Archaeologists have discovered...


Cameo Effect: The Interesting Origins & Uses of Cameos Throughout History

Tanzy Ward

Cameo Effect: The Interesting Origins & Uses of Cameos Throughout History

 Antique cameos courtesy of Zanathia Jewelry Historically, cameos have been used for various purposes throughout different regions since the B.C Era. In ancient times, the cameo was used to represent sentimental meanings in the form of carved portraits on hard gemstones. In Ancient Greece during the Hellenistic Age and Ancient Rome, intricately carved stone or glass cameos showcased admirable artistry in the form of large earrings, signet rings, and terrific cups. The earliest cameos were made from stone. In Ancient Egypt, early cameo examples include the carving of figurines into small rocks for sentimental eventful dates. During the Renaissance Era in...