Uncovering the Fortunes of Antique and Vintage Jewellery Charms

Uncovering the Fortunes of Antique and Vintage Jewellery Charms

Antique and vintage jewellery charms hold a special place in the world of accessories. They are not just decorations but also carry stories and sentimental value. Many people are drawn to these unique pieces because of their allure and historical significance. In this article, we will explore the appeal, history, value, care, and buying and selling of antique and vintage jewellery charms.

The Allure of Antique and Vintage Jewellery Charms

Imagine holding an antique charm in your hand, feeling the weight of history and the stories it carries. Each charm has its own tale to tell, a narrative that unfolds with every delicate detail. From the intricately engraved patterns to the carefully chosen gemstones, antique charms are a testament to the artistry and dedication of the craftsmen who created them.

But what is it about antique charms that makes them so appealing? Perhaps it's the sense of connection they provide, allowing us to bridge the gap between past and present. These charms offer a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors, a window into their world and the traditions they held dear. With each charm, we can imagine the hands that once wore it, the occasions it celebrated, and the emotions it evoked.

Understanding the Appeal of Antique Charms

Antique charms offer a glimpse into the past, allowing us to connect with our ancestors and their traditions. They have a nostalgic appeal that can transport us back in time, evoking memories and emotions. Whether it's a Victorian charm or an Art Deco piece, each charm represents a distinct era in history.


The Unique Charm of Vintage Jewellery

Unlike antique charms, vintage jewellery charms are not as old but still possess a certain charm of their own. They often reflect the trends and styles of the mid-20th century, such as the bold geometric shapes of the Art Nouveau era or the whimsical motifs of the Retro period. Vintage charms are like miniature time capsules that allow us to experience the essence of a specific time period.

Imagine wearing a vintage charm bracelet adorned with charms representing different milestones in your life. Each charm tells a story, a chapter in the book of your personal journey.

From a tiny stork symbolising the birth of a child...

to a delicate rose representing a cherished romance, these charms become talismans of memories and experiences.

Whether you prefer the allure of antique charms or the unique charm of vintage jewellery, there is no denying the enchantment they hold. These tiny treasures not only add a touch of history and elegance to our lives but also serve as reminders of the beauty and craftsmanship of the past.

The History of Jewellery Charms

Charms have been worn for centuries, dating back to the ancient Egyptians, who believed that wearing charms brought good luck and warded off evil spirits. Throughout history, different cultures have incorporated charms into their jewellery as symbols of protection, spirituality, and status.


The lotus stood for rebirth and creation. Lotus flowers open during the day, and close at night, thus illustrating the journey of the god, Khepri, who rolled the sun across the earth, and in doing so created day and night.


Amulets of vultures represented the danger to be averted rather than the intended characteristic of the animal. In this case the fear may have been of being devoured.


Again the symbolism is unknown, but due to their abundance in the Egyptian desert, they could have been associated with fertility.

Cultural Significance of Antique Charms

In Victorian England, charms were popularly worn to express sentiments and communicate secret messages. Charms adorned with birthstones or miniature portraits held personal significance, serving as mementos of loved ones.

This collectable Antique Victorian Mother of Pearl lucky Pig charm is sure to make you smile! Hand carved from mother of Pearl this sweet pig dates to the late Victorian period, given as a token of luck.

This collectable Antique Victorian figa hand Pendant is made from Coral and 18ct Yellow Gold, dating to the late 19th century. The figa hand is used for magical protection against the evil eye and other forms of bad luck. The figa is known across the world. The piece features exquisite carving of hand creases and fingers making this a very high quality example.

This quality Antique horseshoe charm pendant is set in 9ct yellow gold topped with a dice and set with a natural Diamond. This piece is sure to bring the wearer good fortune and would make the perfect gift or a 'lucky' addition to any collection

In conclusion, antique and vintage jewellery charms hold a unique charm and allure that resonates with collectors and jewellery enthusiasts. Understanding their history, value, and proper care is essential for both collectors and sellers. Whether you are an avid collector or someone looking to sell their cherished charms, the world of antique and vintage jewellery charms offers a world of fascinating stories and fortunes waiting to be uncovered.

Here at Lancastrian Jewellers, we stock a great range of jewellery from antique pieces to modern classics, we have something for everyone.
Please get in touch if you need any further help finding the perfect piece of jewellery.

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