Timeless Antique & Vintage Jewelry Captured in Vintage Photographs, Antique Cabinet Cards & Tintypes

Take a glimpse into jewelry era's past through antique photographs! This blog post features some of Maejean Vintage's personal photo collection paired with similar antique jewelry being sold on Etsy today!

"The things we love tell us what we are." - Thomas Aquinas

A N C H O R

 

~The anchor motif in antique jewelry was the symbol of hope. Steadfast, unwavering in faith.~

Edwardian era cabinet card from Brattleboro Vermont featuring a young lady wearing an anchor motif brooch.

Edwardian era cabinet card from Brattleboro Vermont featuring a young lady wearing an anchor motif brooch.

Antique Anchor Stick Pin Conversion Ring via MaejeanVintage

Antique Anchor Stick Pin Conversion Ring via MaejeanVintage

Antique Anchor Stick Pin via HeartDecoShop

Antique Anchor Stick Pin via HeartDecoShop

✦ EXPANSION BRACELET ✦

 

~Expansion bracelets were often given to soldiers' sweethearts, coining the term; "sweetheart bracelets".~

Edwardian era cabinet card from Lebanon, Pennsylvania featuring a stately young woman wearing an expansion bracelet. (I gifted this lovely lady to Miss Laura Mae for Christmas!)

Edwardian era cabinet card from Lebanon, Pennsylvania featuring a stately young woman wearing an expansion bracelet. (I gifted this lovely lady to Miss Laura Mae for Christmas!)

Antique Gold Filled Expansion Bracelet via FountainCityJewels

Antique Gold Filled Expansion Bracelet via FountainCityJewels

In addition to her expansion bracelet she is seen wearing a filigree ring on her gloved hand.

In addition to her expansion bracelet she is seen wearing a filigree ring on her gloved hand.

✦ ADD- A - PEARL ✦

 

~Add-a-Pearl necklace's were given as gifts to young girls in the 1920's. They would be given pearls for special occasions, until it made a full string of pearls.~

Maejean Vintage's first "Add a Pearl Necklace" sold in our shop on Etsy.

Maejean Vintage's first "Add a Pearl Necklace" sold in our shop on Etsy.

Art Deco era photograph of a toddler wearing a sweet pearl necklace in a family portrait. (These cute babies were included in Miss Amanda Jean's Christmas gifts!)

Art Deco era photograph of a toddler wearing a sweet pearl necklace in a family portrait. (These cute babies were included in Miss Amanda Jean's Christmas gifts!)

An original ad for the darling Add-a-pearl necklace circa 1920.

An original ad for the darling Add-a-pearl necklace circa 1920.

Vintage Add-a-Pearl Necklace via tincanvintage

Vintage Add-a-Pearl Necklace via tincanvintage

✦ BOOK CHAIN ✦

✦ & ✦

✦ DROP EARRINGS ✦

 

~Book chains were popular in the Victorian era and easily identified by their book shaped links.~

Victorian era tintype of an exotically alluring woman wearing a substantial book chain and dainty drop earrings.

Victorian era tintype of an exotically alluring woman wearing a substantial book chain and dainty drop earrings.

Antique Victorian Book Chain Locket via DaisysCabinet

Antique Victorian Book Chain Locket via DaisysCabinet

Antique Victorian Book Chain & Heart Pendant via AntiqueLockets

Antique Victorian Book Chain & Heart Pendant via AntiqueLockets

Antique Victorian Earrings via LUXXORVintage

Antique Victorian Earrings via LUXXORVintage

✦ L O C K E T ✦

 

~Lockets were monogrammed with initials or left blank as these were, and often held pictures of loved ones.~

Victorian era tintype of a young girl wearing a thickly chained dainty pendant locket.

Victorian era tintype of a young girl wearing a thickly chained dainty pendant locket.

Antique Victorian Locket via LUXXORVintage 

Antique Victorian Locket via LUXXORVintage 

Antique Blank Locket via LUXXORVintage

Antique Blank Locket via LUXXORVintage

✦ FILIGREE BROOCH ✦

 

~Filigree brooch's were a highly popular staple in women's fashion often wore at ones collar.~

Victorian era cabinet card from McConnelsville Ohio featuring a young lady wearing a beautiful filigree brooch at her throat.

Victorian era cabinet card from McConnelsville Ohio featuring a young lady wearing a beautiful filigree brooch at her throat.

Vintage Filigree Diamond Brooch via WilsonBrothers 

Vintage Filigree Diamond Brooch via WilsonBrothers 

Antique Filigree Brooch via MemoryStation

Antique Filigree Brooch via MemoryStation

✦ OPEN BACK NECKLACE ✦

 

~Glass flapper era necklaces displayed a distinct elegant waterfall design. They were another extremely popular jewelry staple, that thanks to the resurgence of the Roaring Twenties, has proven to be quite a timeless jewelry piece.~

Art Deco era photograph from York, Pennsylvania of a stylish young lady proudly wearing a gorgeous open back glass waterfall necklace.

Art Deco era photograph from York, Pennsylvania of a stylish young lady proudly wearing a gorgeous open back glass waterfall necklace.

Vintage Art Deco Waterfall Lavalier Necklace via bohemiantrading

Vintage Art Deco Waterfall Lavalier Necklace via bohemiantrading

Vintage Art Deco Open Back Cascading Crystal Necklace via RMSjewels

Vintage Art Deco Open Back Cascading Crystal Necklace via RMSjewels

Vintage Art Deco Necklace via bohemiantrading 

Vintage Art Deco Necklace via bohemiantrading 

✦L O V E   K N O T ✦

 

~The love knot was a special symbol in antique jewelry fashion, meaning love that cannot be broken or untied. Forever bound.~

Victorian era cabinet card from Reading, Pennsylvania depicting a somber young lady wearing a large love knot. 

Victorian era cabinet card from Reading, Pennsylvania depicting a somber young lady wearing a large love knot. 

Antique Victorian Gold Love Knot Stick Pin via glamamour

Antique Victorian Gold Love Knot Stick Pin via glamamour

Antique Diamond Love Knot Ring via TheEdenCollective

Antique Diamond Love Knot Ring via TheEdenCollective

✦ L O V E   T O K E N ✦

 

~One of the simplest and sweetest jewelry trends was love tokens. They were coins fashioned into little tokens of love, that would be given to lovers, mothers, dating births or death.~

Victorian era cabinet card from Birmingham, Connecticut, featuring a vignette of an usually attractive androgynous young child wearing a love token charm necklace. (This is one of my favorite pictures from my personal collection!)

Victorian era cabinet card from Birmingham, Connecticut, featuring a vignette of an usually attractive androgynous young child wearing a love token charm necklace. (This is one of my favorite pictures from my personal collection!)

Antique Love Token via LuxeViexLoft

Antique Love Token via LuxeViexLoft

Antique Love Token Pendant via JewelryCITI

Antique Love Token Pendant via JewelryCITI

Antique Engraved Love Token via LuxeVieuxLoft

Antique Engraved Love Token via LuxeVieuxLoft

✦ PASTE EARRINGS ✦

 

~Worn tastefully as evening wear, paste earrings were a highly skilled and crafted alternative that still possessed the shimmer and semblance to the diamond.~

Victorian era cabinet card from Lewiston, Maine featuring a gorgeous lady wearing beautiful paste (or diamond?) earrings.

Victorian era cabinet card from Lewiston, Maine featuring a gorgeous lady wearing beautiful paste (or diamond?) earrings.

Antique Victorian Paste Earrings via PipitVintage

Antique Victorian Paste Earrings via PipitVintage

Antique Victorian Paste Buttercup Earrings via VintageCravens

Antique Victorian Paste Buttercup Earrings via VintageCravens

✦ C A M E O ✦

 

~Cameos often depicted a profile commonly of a woman, which during the time was often the ideal beauty. You can find religious depictions, Roman, mythology or floral motifs all of which were worn by affluent individuals.~

Left : Victorian era cabinet card featuring a stern lady wearing a large cameo brooch. Right : A victorian era cabinet card from Montpelier, Vermont, of a young lady wearing a substantial brooch at her throat.

Left : Victorian era cabinet card featuring a stern lady wearing a large cameo brooch. Right : A victorian era cabinet card from Montpelier, Vermont, of a young lady wearing a substantial brooch at her throat.

Antique Bouquet Cameo Brooch via MyNewDiscoveries - Victorian Protrait Cameo Brooch via GloryBeVintageWares

Antique Bouquet Cameo Brooch via MyNewDiscoveries - Victorian Protrait Cameo Brooch via GloryBeVintageWares

✦ POCKET WATCH CHAIN ✦

 

~A very versatile fashion statement was the pocket watch chain. Women would wear slide chains that can be worn a number of ways, clipping to a watch, locket or fob on the end. Men wore shorter smaller vest pocket watch chains with their watch concealed or hanging freely. There was a vast variety of materials used for pocket watch chains including black ribbon.~

Victorian era cabinet card from Whitefield, New Hampshire featuring a family portrait of three triplets, a mother wearing a slide chain and father all wearing beautiful pocket watch chains. (This is one of Amanda Jean's favorite pictures from our Maejean Vintage personal collection!)

Victorian era cabinet card from Whitefield, New Hampshire featuring a family portrait of three triplets, a mother wearing a slide chain and father all wearing beautiful pocket watch chains. (This is one of Amanda Jean's favorite pictures from our Maejean Vintage personal collection!)

Antique Locket Pocket Watch Chain via BetterWythAge - Victorian Mourning Ribbon Pocket Watch via MSJewelers - Vintage Watch Chain Fob via GallivantsVintage

Antique Locket Pocket Watch Chain via BetterWythAge - Victorian Mourning Ribbon Pocket Watch via MSJewelers - Vintage Watch Chain Fob via GallivantsVintage

✦ S W O R D ✦

 

~The sword motif in antique jewelry was the image of honor, defending and protecting.~

Victorian era cabinet card with a long description on the back of the woman pictured (Lillie Smith) and her long family line. She is shown wearing an almost masculine sword brooch with chain. 

Victorian era cabinet card with a long description on the back of the woman pictured (Lillie Smith) and her long family line. She is shown wearing an almost masculine sword brooch with chain. 

Antique Seed Pearl Jabot Pin via gandsco

Antique Seed Pearl Jabot Pin via gandsco

Antique Victorian Diamond Scimitar Brooch via ButterLaneAntiques

Antique Victorian Diamond Scimitar Brooch via ButterLaneAntiques

Antique Sword Stick Pin via BrocktonGems 

Antique Sword Stick Pin via BrocktonGems 

✦ C R E S C E N T   M O O N ✦

 

~My personal favorite antique symbol found in jewelry is the crescent moon. The crescent moon has diverse meanings, including a new relationship, female spirituality, death and rebirth.~ 

Last but not least we have our cheeky young lady wearing a magical crescent moon brooch. This is a Victorian era cabinet card from Boston, Massachusetts. 

Last but not least we have our cheeky young lady wearing a magical crescent moon brooch. This is a Victorian era cabinet card from Boston, Massachusetts. 

Antique Victorian Crescent Moon Locket via LuvLockets

Antique Victorian Crescent Moon Locket via LuvLockets

Antique Victorian Brooch via LuvLockets

Antique Victorian Brooch via LuvLockets

✦ MAEJEAN'S PERSONAL COLLECTION ✦

Group shot of just some of the beautiful, unusual and interesting people from different eras in Maejean Vintage's personal photograph collection! All of which are wearing jewelry, just like the ones you can easily access on Etsy today! These are all lovingly preserved and displayed in our antique curio cabinet at Maejean Vintage headquarters.

Group shot of just some of the beautiful, unusual and interesting people from different eras in Maejean Vintage's personal photograph collection! All of which are wearing jewelry, just like the ones you can easily access on Etsy today! These are all lovingly preserved and displayed in our antique curio cabinet at Maejean Vintage headquarters.

 There is nothing more classic than a timeless piece of jewelry that has stood the test of time. Eternal jewelry love! <3

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever." - John Keats

 

- Vintage Love,

Dahlia Jean

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