There are countless benefits in choosing antique or vintage jewellery over newly made pieces, from the lower price to the fact that antique pieces are more likely to be unique, with a rich history. However, one thing that makes some people feel hesitant about taking the plunge and embracing the world of antique jewellery is the worry that they won’t be able to incorporate the pieces into their modern wardrobe.
Don’t let this worry put you off!
If you think creatively and are keen to embrace some new twists on your everyday style, then Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Victorian jewellery all deserve a place in your jewellery box. Remember: just because you decide to wear a Victorian necklace doesn’t mean that you should be in full Victorian costume, corset and all! On the contrary, often, mixing and matching pieces from different periods in your wardrobe will create a fresh, stylish, and unique look. Read on to discover how best to incorporate certain types of antique jewellery with modern trends.
Antique Lockets and Pendants
This summer, we saw a return of romantic blouses and oversized Victorian sleeves.
What’s more, you can dress this look down easily for everyday wear.
Pair your blouse with a pair of jeans or cigarette trousers and strappy pointed heels for a striking sophisticated look.
Alternatively, you could opt for a summer dress with oversized Victorian sleeves and pair it with some chunky trainers for a relaxed daytime look.
Gemstone Cocktail Rings
If you’re a fan of antique and vintage jewellery, chances are you’ve already got a dramatic gemstone cocktail ring or two.
Luckily, vintage cocktail rings are very easy to pair with modern trends, and they add an extra splash of vibrancy to your outfit.
This year, pairing gemstones with layered pastel-coloured garments has been particularly popular.
If you’re feeling extra brave, you could even incorporate some quirky clashing patterns into your outfit, even if it’s just in your socks or tights.
Another great option for bold gemstone rings, if you want to keep it a bit simpler, is to pair them with a plain, muted dress, then bring out some colour with electric-bright high heels or a bold and colourful handbag.
Victorian mourning jewellery is one of the most unique and mysterious jewellery types out there, but many find such pieces difficult to seamlessly blend into their wardrobe.
This year, however, with the popularity of long faux-leather coats, chunky boots, and sharp turtlenecks, mourning jewellery fits right in.
Try attaching a mourning brooch to your dark-toned turtleneck – it will give the whole style a nostalgic yet gothic twist.
Chain Necklaces/Watch Chains
One item of antique jewellery that you can never go wrong with is an antique/Victorian watch chain.
Chunky gold chains work well with so many different modern fashion trends, and they can be seen styled differently each season.
This year, celebrities have been combining gold antique chain necklaces with chic oversized ensembles.
Oversized duster coats and blazers look great when paired with an antique chain.
Or, if you’re looking for a more feminine style, you could go for a floral maxi-dress and give the look a dramatic edge with a gold chain and some chunky boots.
When it comes to antique and vintage jewellery, there are plenty of ways to get creative! Even just a small addition of antique jewellery will add a new dimension to your outfit and make you stand out against the crowd.
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Delilah Kealy-Roberts – Sales and Digital Assistant
Delilah joined the AC Silver team as a Sales & Digital Assistant in 2017 after completing her degree in English Literature at Leeds University. Delilah possesses a passion for jewellery and antiquities combined with an interest in blogging and social media.