Vintage Jewelry FAQ

vintage engagement ring (Unless otherwise noted)

Q. What metal is the jewelry made from?
A. This jewelry is made from antiqued natural brass. Natural meaning the metal is not plated. It is treated with a special finishing process to bring out the natural beauty of the metal.

Q. Do I have to clean or polish the brass jewelry?
A. No. The brass is sealed with an antique lacquer coating to prevent tarnishing and increase the longevity of the piece. Do not attempt to clean the brass, you will damage the finish.

Q. What are the colored stones made of?
A. All colored stones are genuine Swarovski Austrian Crystal.

Q. What kind of earring posts are used? Are they hypoallergenic?
A. These are hypoallergenic surgical steel posts and clutches. Earring wires however are gold plated and should be considered when being purchased by those who are hypersensitive to gold plating.

Q. Can you define Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco Jewelry?
A. Victorian – Refers to jewelry produced during the reign of Queen Victoria of England, 1837-1901. This does not imply that the jewelry be of English origin.

If you are interested in vintage designer rings, you might be interested to read this feedback of a professional gemologist about Verragio’s rings here.

Art Nouveau – A style of jewelry produced mainly from 1890 – 1915. It typically has flowing lines and highly stylized depiction’s of floral motifs, beautiful women, and fantasy creations inspired by nature.

Art Deco – Inspired by the French “Art Decoratif” movement from the 1920’s and 30’s. Characterized by bold and modernistic designs utilizing sharp lines, and striking color combinations.

If you’ve ever wondered what gems are fashionable to where for any given season, you might like our Seasonal Gems page.

The Silver Care section is for you, if you’d just like to know how to care for your sterling silver jewelry, and a Birthstone Chart is available if you’re looking for that special birthday present. Of course, you would want to ask for our free Gift Wrapping! This option is available upon checkout.

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