Is There a Market for Vintage jewellery?

The accessibility of the vintage jewellery market has transformed significantly in recent years



“Fashion comes and goes but style lasts forever.” – Coco Chanel

The jewellery market is currently booming, with predictions for further growth throughout each segment that make up this lucrative portfolio. While Vintage jewellery is a rather small slice in this cake, it is experiencing a surge in popularity reflecting a growing appreciation for these timeless and unique pieces. With massive increases in demand and limitations on supply, the Vintage jewellery market is poised for expansion.

A Kutchinsky enamelled and textured 18ct gold link bracelet

Sold for £4,200


Some of the most defining features of today’s society are uniqueness and individuality, which makes the allure of Vintage jewellery a far more attractive investment against modern mass-produced accessories. Vintage pieces carry a level of distinctiveness and nostalgia that is impossible to replicate.

Consumers have also become increasingly conscious of their ecological footprint, fuelling a demand for sustainable and ethical products, and the jewellery industry is no exception. The purchase of a Vintage necklace or ring can be viewed as a form of recycling or upcycling, while concerns of questionable practices such as conflict diamonds are bypassed due to the lifetime of a piece. 


Andrew Grima - an 18ct gold and diamond brooch

Sold for £2,200


 The accessibility of the vintage jewellery market has transformed significantly in recent years through digital technology. Indeed, the Covid pandemic stimulated an unprecedented growth in online sales.

Encompassing a number of significant eras in 20th century jewellery production, the styles of Vintage jewellery fit well with current fashion trends. Let’s briefly explore each of these periods:

Art Deco (1920s & 30s): bold geometric shapes and vibrant colours are characteristic of this era and remain a firm favourite amongst collectors. Cartier, René Boivin, and Van Cleef & Arpels are names synonymous with the Art Deco movement.

Cartier - an emerald-set brooch in the form of a stylised owl perching on branch

Sold £3,600


Retro (1940s): amusing and bright creations from relatively inexpensive materials such as plastic, glass, wood, enamel, and synthetic gemstones.

Mid-century (1950s): a return to precious metals in feminine designs, these pieces burst with all the optimism and opulence of the post-war world.

Modern (1960s – 1980s): abstract and naturalistic, jewellery of this period became increasingly linked to sculpture and design, popular names include Andrew Grima, John Donald, and Stuart Devlin.


Cartier - a torsade necklace and a single earring set with lapis lazuli, turquoise and diamonds, circa 1960

Sold for £21,000


When we consider the value of Vintage jewellery, there are several factors that play a role in the attractiveness and collectability of a piece; the designer or maker - especially if a piece is signed, the materials such as gold, gemstones and diamonds, the execution of craftsmanship, the history, the condition, and most-importantly the provenance and rarity.

Vintage jewellery remains a timeless accessory worthy of investment and admiration, testament to the aesthetic trends and design styles of a bygone era. So, in answer to the question… Yes! There is most definitely a thriving market for Vintage jewellery!


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