Vintage jewelry is on and is trending, thanks to the growing popularity of period-influenced shows like Mad Men and The Great Gatsby. A-listers seem to be sashaying it in movies and parading it around on red carpets reviving the days of good old glamorous Hollywood. It’s not a fresh new trend that has suddenly cropped up but the vintage and antique look has been jazz-hot for a few years now and shows no signs of slowing down.
It is a fact that the turn of the century did witness many gimmicky, weird and futuristic jewelry fads but the last few years have more or less seen the return of subdued and timeless pieces on the runways and red carpets.
It is often said that fashion is cyclical and that styles and trends often come back around. Modern day mavens are borrowing from any and every era, right from the roaring 20’s to the psychedelic 60’s. Rewind to two years ago and picture the classic yet creative sapphire worn by Princess Catherine in the royal wedding which had the ball rolling and inspired many to seek similar styles.
Pearls are the only pieces of jewelry that have stood the test of time. Tastefully classic and extremely sophisticated, pearls can never look outdated. Vintage jewelry tends to look good with just about any outfit.
Designers are also now creating vintage inspired jewelry. Metals with an antiqued bronze look with intricate pieces made in rose gold, a pinkish alloy created with gold and copper, is fast becoming popular this year. Rose gold tends to have a very classic look, more subtle than yellow gold, yet warmer than silver.
If we took a sneak peek in our own backyard, we would be mesmerized with the antique jewelry worn by Mughal emperors and their queens. The charm, sparkle and the intricate manner in which it was designed is unparalleled. The jadau work as was mostly common with Mughal jewelry is a combination of gold and gems intricately embedded with each other.
Embellish your collection with a “new” antique as it will continue to be reinvented and will always be in vogue.