Although a prized investment, antique rings, earrings, and necklaces don’t always have to be stowed away in display cases. On the contrary, antique jewellery can be worn to special occasions and formal events, often serving as the centerpiece of the outfit. Elizabeth Taylor would agree.
But how does one collect antique jewellery without owning items that belong in a museum? Here’s a look at how to enhance your antique jewellery collection while keeping it usable.
Be practical: Sure, you might own a collection of museum-worthy vintage rings and necklaces, but it’s also important to purchase items that you can wear to a cocktail party or formal wedding. This means looking for unique pieces that agree with your tastes and style. This also means selecting slightly less expensive jewellery than the items stored away in display cases. This way you can easily wear one-of-a-kind jewellery without looking as though you just robbed the Queen of England.
Make it accessible. Art deco rings in your collection might look untouchable in the display cases, but they’re actually stylish accessories to any formal attire. Place the wearable pieces in a handy jewellery box, and keep the most expensive and rare pieces in a safe. Thanks to classic looks that never go out of style, you can pair antique jewellery pieces with contemporary gowns and other formal attire. Adding a vintage piece to your outfit is also a smart way to transform the plain look of an outfit.
Bring it home. Your practical antique collection shouldn’t end with jewellery. It’s easy to purchase usable antiques when you incorporate them into your home décor. Think of buying antique rugs, vases, furniture, and even paintings.