If you’ve ever been eyeing a piece of estate jewelry, one of the first questions you might ask is “when was it made?” Unless there’s a specific marking or signature, it’s often difficult to determine when a certain piece of jewelry was crafted.
Jewelry is commonly classified by periods, which help buyers and sellers to identify key attributes of a piece. While not every classification is 100% precise, it’s still a useful way to identify when and how a piece of jewelry came to be.
Here’s a timeline of major periods in jewelry, from the modern day to the Victorian Age:
Contemporary (1950-present) - Contemporary jewelry is known for diversity and for using all different types of designs, metals and stones. This jewelry period encompasses various trends as the jewelry crafted soon after WWII has extravagant clusters of diamonds and gems, whereas newer, more contemporary pieces are departing from that trend to a cleaner and simpler look.