10% off your first order 10% off
This site has limited support for your browser. We recommend switching to Edge, Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.

Free Ground Shipping + Returns on U.S. orders over $250

$100 Flat-Fee Shipping on international orders

Antique & Vintage Encyclopedia

Antique & Vintage Encyclopedia

"BE’s Full Guide to All Things Antique & Vintage" 

Our wildly popular Antique & Vintage Jewelry collection caters to jewelry lovers across the spectrum. From delicate diamond rings to bold, statement-making necklaces — our beginner’s guide to Antique & Vintage Jewelry dissects the decades and events that shaped their design.
Block image 1
Block image 2

Georgian & Victorian Eras

Circa 1714-1901 — As both names suggest, Georgian and Victorian era jewels represent the reigns of King George I - IV and the subsequent reign of Queen Victoria. Two hallmarks of Georgian pieces are their intricate metalwork and full set gemstones. Victorian pieces can be identified by themes of flowers, hearts, birds, and bows. Victorian jewelry also marks the beginning of machinery-crafted jewels.

Shop Georgian & Victorian Eras →
Block image 1

Art Nouveau

Circa 1890-1910 — The shortest of the jewelry movements, Art Nouveau is marked by setting, rather than the gemstone itself. Many pieces of this era are rich in symbolism, representing organic, whimsical motifs and raw materials like enamel, horn, and glass.

Shop Art Nouveau →
Block image 1


Circa 1901-1914 — Edwardian jewelry, also known as ‘La Belle Epoque’ in Europe fell under the reign of King Edward VII, a lover of all things refined. The lace-like techniques of this era resemble that of delicately set diamonds, that have the illusion of floating. It was pearls that were actually the pinnacle gemstone of this time and often were more expensive than their sparkly companions.

Shop Edwardian →
Block image 1
Block image 2

Retro & Modern Eras

Circa 1920-Today — Early Retro pieces are considered a commentary on the events in the ’30s and ’40s, including WWII. As the country moved toward its future, the designs mimicked that of bold futuristic silhouettes. As the decades marched on, designs became even more streamlined, echoing the contemporary art movement that swept the nation.

Shop Retro & Modern →
Block image 1
Block image 1
Block image 1

Designer Antique & Vintage

Signed pieces are those that have been identified to a specific house and can be categorically traced back to an archive. Jewelry from fashion houses like Chanel and Versace, to iconic pieces from Cartier and Tiffany & Co. are among our most sought-after Designer collections.

Shop Designer Antique & Vintage →

Read similar articles

Join us

Save 10% OFF

Subscribe to get special offers, free giveaways, and once-in-a-lifetime deals. Save 10% OFF your next shopping bag over $250. Read our Legal Responsibility.

We're here for your care

Mon-Sat, 11 am-5 pm PST.


+1 (310) 458-2724

Review your bag

No more products available for purchase

Global Shipping

Hassle-Free Returns

Expert Advise

Your bag is currently empty.