2nd May 2014

What’s old is new again

We are always amused when we see new jewelry designs. Often, whether the designer knows it or not, the design pays homage to those of another era. For example, the earrings below show that the concept of spikes is not new. In fact spikes were often used as dangles placed below oval gemstones in Victorian jewelry.

The skull is another motif that has long been memorialized in jewelry. Yet, many might think it is a relatively recent “Goth” phenomenon. Memento mori or skull jewelry has been in existence for centuries.

And bug pins — they are also a jewelry fascination for centuries.


For the connoisseurs who love modern jewelry, remember that often what’s new, may actually have a predecessor. And sometimes the predecessor is pretty spectacular.

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