Bringing authentic antique jewellery back to life for you to wear as in Antiquity.
Welcome to Antiquities Giftshop! We specialise in ancient antique jewellery and artefacts from the Roman, Medieval, Celtic, Saxon and Viking periods. We have an extensive range of bracelets, necklaces, pendants, earrings, brooches, bangles and rings.
Our ancient antique jewelry includes both valuable pieces of gold and silver and those set with gems, as well as more modest items made of bronze and copper. Some types of jewellery were functional as well as decorative, such as brooches designed to secure clothing.
Our jewellery and artefacts are replenished regularly so please feel free to keep checking back to see what is new on our site. We are also always happy to try to locate a specific piece for you so if you have got something in mind but you can’t find it on the site please email us.
We are confident that you will discover hidden treasures and rare finds within our site and hopefully you will find the information and histories contained therein very interesting. The ancient jewellery collection on this site has been selected to appeal to the discerning customer and collector alike. We provide full and thorough descriptions of our ancient jewelry and research every piece to bring you as much information about it as possible. Each item has several images from differing angles so you can be certain of what you are buying and so you can be sure to choose the perfect object. By browsing through the ancient antique rings or our extensive collection of Roman, Medieval, Celtic, Saxon and Viking jewellery you will get a real sense of the history behind each piece.
Certificate of Authenticity with Every Item
Our jewellery comes from all over the world and we also ship worldwide. Be assured that the website is completely up to date so you can be confident that the piece you choose will be available to post immediately. Each piece comes in its own gift box and a certificate of authenticity and full money back, no hassle, guarantee.
You can reserve an item of jewellery for up to 28 days with a small deposit. Please contact us.
Antique Jewellery Roman Medieval Celtic Saxon Viking History
Throughout the ages, mankind has fashioned decorative ancient antique jewelry using both creative imagination and personal aesthetic choice. That said, many pieces of ancient antique jewellery originated as the means of fastening garments, as status symbols to reflect the position of the owner in society, or as containers to store loose change or various trinkets and mementoes. That means that many pieces of vintage jewelry were practical and functional as well as decorative and ornamental.
Authentic ancient jewellery is unique in the way it illustrates the tastes of the particular time period, and offers an insight into life in bygone ages. Different cultures had their own ideas of what constituted beautiful gold jewellery and silver jewellery, and they also made use of gemstones, so a lot can be learned about particular periods by examining these artifacts.
At a time when it was customary for daughters to be provided with dowries on the occasion of their betrothal, family treasures such as valued pieces of jewellery would be included in the dowry, creating heirlooms to be handed down through the generations.
Apotropaeic symbols – symbols believed to ward off bad luck and evil spirits – were customarily incorporated into items of ancient antique jewellery. These symbols could come from everyday life, from belief systems and also from bygone periods, so a piece of ancient jewellery can provide a potted history lesson, and an indication of how life was lived hundreds, or even thousands, of years ago. The symbols used on the jewellery offer an insight into the secret life of the piece, and demonstrate how beliefs and fashions have changed through the ages.
Stylistically, there are distinct periods in the development and creation of ancient vintage jewellery. The Ancient Egyptians first considered using gold in jewellery, between 3000 and 5000 years ago, while the Romans invented the familiar pinning mechanism used in brooches. This development arose from the necessity of securing garments such as togas safely and securely. Each jewellery producing era from the Early Oriental through to Hellenistic-Romano times developed different skills, such as filigree work.
The Romans made use of the vast number of resources and materials available throughout their empire. Gemstones such as diamonds, sapphires emeralds and amber were incorporated into rings and other pieces of jewellery.
It was common for a Roman man to wear a single ring, although some men wore several. Often, the stones in the rings were carved, and used to imprint a wax seal on letters and documents, so once again the item of jewellery was functional as well as decorative. The concept of the signet ring continued through many centuries.
Roman ladies generally wore many more pieces of jewellery than their menfolk. But mens jewelry was still very popular. Events in the lifetime of a jeweller could often be reflected in the pieces he created, sometimes directly through symbols he used in the manufacture of jewellery, like the always popular brooch/fibula. It is possible to track the interests and passions of the jeweller through the pieces he created, which could reflect events in political and personal life.
Various methods of production such as casting, inlaying, filigree and granulation were used in the manufacture of ancient jewellery, and some precious and semi-precious stones were very popular at the time. Garnets, rubies, cornelians, pearls and emeralds featured prominently in work from this period.
- We do not repair, restore, resize, reproduce or change our ancient jewelry in any way whatsoever.
- However, we do professionally clean many of the items we sell.
- We gently clean these authentic antiquities so you can enjoy and wear them as when they were first made.
- The cleaning process is gentle. You will still see the scratches, dents, nicks etc that each piece has uniquely obtained in its history. It is the story of each piece. It is its life history.
- If we think an item of ancient jewellery or an antiquity cannot be cleaned without damaging it, then we simply do not attempt to do so.
- Some pieces still have enamel or gilt remaining on the surface. We sell these in their original state without cleaning which would undoubtedly damage the item.
- We show many of the pieces with their patina before cleaning, so you can see their true authenticity. You can see the BEFORE cleaning pictures with each item.
- We know collectors require their authentic ancient jewellery uncleaned, and that this has been the norm, so we do have some items of ancient jewelry with their patina. But we also know that many customers want to be able to wear these historic pieces in their original lustre.
- We get great delight and it is our passion to bring this ancient jewellery back to life and to bring online jewellery to your doorstep.
The ancient Romans were extremely keen on foreign merchandise and made wonderful use of these kinds of gem stones like diamonds, amber, sapphires and emeralds in their Roman rings and other pieces. Even though the majority of Roman males wore one ring on a finger, on the other hand, there were several who donned far more, the females typically wore a good many more pieces of jewellery compared to the men. Rings associated with that period were frequently hand carved of lovely gemstones, and used for sealing papers with an imprinted wax seal, as was normal throughout antiquity by noblemen and kings alike. Interest in a specific legendary storyline ended up being attached to the very spirit of the given time period, because the jeweller resided through it and would have also been profoundly associated with the current activities.
The skill replicated the master’s passions as to what was at this time occurring within the community. Through the development of Antique Jewellery Roman and other periods you are able to track not only the historical and social condition, but additionally economic, governmental and cultural facets of ancient societies, in addition to symbolism and semantics of the artwork generated. The traditional professionals used numerous methods, including casting, filigree, inlaying and granulation, to name a few. Particular components of jewelry offer testament to the innovative creative skills of the jewelers. Amongst precious and semi-precious stones utilized by jewelers in the historical community typically the most popular were garnets, rubies, cornelian stones, pearl jewelry and emeralds.