Antique vs Vintage vs Modern | How to Classify Jewellery – Kit Clayton Jewellery
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The Different Jewellery Eras

We are as careful as we can possibly be when dating the jewellery we sell. Hallmarks and maker's marks are carefully checked, as are stone cuts and construction materials and methods. After a thorough examination, we classify our jewellery as follows:

What is 'Antique Jewellery'?

Any pieces 100+ years old. This encompasses all Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts and some Art Deco pieces too. You can read more about each era of jewellery design by clicking the pictures below:

Georgian Jewellery Victorian Jewellery Art Nouveau Jewellery
Arts & Crafts Jewellery Edwardian Jewellery Art Deco Jewellery


What is 'Vintage Jewellery'?

Any pieces between 20-80 years old. This incorporates some Art Deco jewellery, all retro jewellery of the post war years and includes modernist pieces of the 1960s, 1970s along with more recent creations too.

Modern Jewellery

Any pieces made less than 20 years ago. We don't stock much modern jewellery, and when we do its because they are beautiful reproductions of older pieces.

We do stock a small selection of modern gold pendant chains from which to hang your antique pendants. We do this because antique and vintage chains in good condition are not only difficult to source (they rarely survive the test of time), but they are often not cost effective either. 

Our Promise

All of our jewellery is carefully examined and product descriptions well labelled so you can be sure of the age of the piece you are buying. Returns for UK customers are free, so you can buy with absolute confidence.

Kit Clayton Jewellery