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Just in time for Christmas Scheherazade Jewelers is opening an incredible gift for its many customers, the Galleria-based jewelry store’s The Legacy Collection. Known for its eclectic range high-end jewelry – from past treasures to today’s fashion-forward designers – Scheherazade Jewelers’ The Legacy Collection will include high-end estate, colored stone and diamond jewelry. Scheherazade Jewelers invites customers to view rare, heirloom-quality estate jewelry available in time for the holiday season and beyond to begin the tradition of giving collectible jewelry that will be treasured for generations.
Estate Jewelry by the Generation
The appreciation for the quality and craftsmanship many associate with estate jewelry is much like the heirlooms themselves, it is handed down. Starting with the Lost Generation, those born between 1883 and 1900, were only a few generations away from the waning decades of the Georgian Era (1714 to 1837) the first of six periods in history that had profound effects on societal norms, cultural shifts, and evolutions in fashion.
By the late 1820’s, jewelry in the Georgian Era went from Napoleonic classicism to more natural and romantic styles. With India’s Golconda diamond mines long depleted Portuguese explorers brought diamonds from Brazil back to Europe and with it a rebirth of gemstone and jewelry production. The infusion of diamond supplies and technical advances in equipment and machinery allowed European diamond cutters to develop new fancy shapes. As the decades marched on, rose cuts were out and cushion and Old European Mine cuts were in.
The Lost Generation looked back at the Georgian Era, but this generational group was fully engaged in the most influential period of world history – the Victoria Era (1837 to 1901). It was a golden age for jewelry with more gold mines coming online, gemstone sources bringing new colors to jewelry (turquoise, garnet varieties and coral), and mass-production made jewelry more affordable. Fashions of the day placed a focus on necklines, giving rise to nature-inspired designs such as heavy snake necklaces, large brooches and diamond rivìere necklaces (a style that remains popular today). Much of the sought-after estate jewelry in today’s market came from the Victorian Era, ranging from bracelets and head ornaments (tiaras) to mourning jewelry, Asian inspired motifs (namely Chinese and Japanese), and of course insect jewelry – a hallmark trait of the Art Nouveau period.
From Boomers to Gens X and Y
The G.I. Generation (1901 to 1924) and the Silent Generation (1925 to 1945) witnessed many changes in jewelry fashions. As the Art Nouveau period transitioned to the Edwardian Era, South Africa became a key source for diamonds. And, mineral wealth was discovered in the US. Prominent jewelry design houses such as Cartier, Harry Winston, Marcus & Co., and Oscar Heyman were in their infancy, soon to make indelible and enduring marks in the history of jewelry design and production.
These generations also struggled through grave hardships in history including two world wars and a global Great Depression. But at the end of World War II active duty US service members returned home, found jobs, got married and created what would become the largest generation, the Baby Boomers. This generation has direct or tacit generational connections to parents and grandparents that purchased or were given jewelry from the Victorian Era, Art Nouveau period, the Edwardian Era and the Art Deco period.
Boomers were born into very turbulent times, bending, breaking and even shattering cultural norms. For these reasons to some degree, Boomers remain aloof and disinterested in material things such as jewelry handed down from parents and grandparents. That is until their Generation X (1975 to 1985) and Generation Y (1978 to 1990) children came of age. Unlike their Boomer parents, Gen X and Y find great comfort in whatever connects them to a grounded family history, from stories of previous generations to worldly possessions that were part of defining events such as engagement rings and wedding jewelry, and fashion accessories associated with memorable and milestone moments in family history.
Trends in Estate Jewelry
With 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring each day, estate planning has given rise to an influx of estate jewelry. As Gen X and Y babies are getting married in record numbers, jewelry from Baby Boomer weddings, and even ceremonies from previous generations, are once again making their way down to aisle. Today’s brides are refurbishing their mother’s, grandmother’s and even great-grandmother’s wedding rings, complementing these old pieces with new jewelry that includes milgrain and filigree work in gold and platinum set with rose and Old European cut diamonds.
Vintage inspirations and influences on engagement and wedding jewelry have had a knock-on effect on estate jewelry demands. Art Nouveau period’s enamel jewelry is finding new buyers as the art form faded away for many generations. Animals and insects from estate jewelry are so popular that these motifs are having a strong influence on new jewelry production from today’s leading designers.
Art Deco is a period of history that never seems to go out of style. The linear designs, architectural influences, and signature styles appeal to many generations of jewelry buyers. Retro Era (1935 to 1950) jewelry is also making a comeback in estate jewelry. Those looking for quality opulence appreciate the charm, elegance and glamor of jewelry from this period.
Generations of jewelry from the Edwardian Era to retro Era, and even luxurious jewelry that’s only a few decades old, is part of Scheherazade’s The Legacy Collection. To celebrate the launch of this new house brand, Scheherazade’s is offering $1,000 off on purchases of significant value from The Legacy Collection estate jewelry now available at Scheherazade’s.