Vintage Jewelry for the Bride
Soft, gauzy materials and delicate, vintage-inspired lace set the scene for a romantic bridal ensemble. To stay firmly in the present while nodding to the past, choose a sleek silhouette. This dress has delicate straps and shows some décolletage, but a tulle bridal top still keeps it uniquely modest. Its silhouette makes the ideal setting for a statement necklace, the perfect piece to accentuate the neckline. This Art Deco piece (circa 1940) features a 3.5 carat, kite-shaped diamond in the center of a shield-shaped pendant. The central stone is surrounded by diamonds, and there are ribbons of emeralds throughout. It’s set in platinum on a gorgeous chain with even more diamonds—an iconic vintage piece made to garner attention.
Continue the Art Deco inspiration with this French Deco bracelet from the 1930s. The platinum bracelet is set with alternating diamond links. One style features a geometric motif in diamonds, while the other is an open square set with diamonds. Showstopper that it is, it has approximately 13 carats of diamonds.
Dramatic diamond earrings look incredible with a short hairstyle, or with an up-do. These earrings from the 1950s nod to the kite shape of the necklace, without being too literal. They have a similar shield shape but have ovals and round diamonds inside the diamond frame, making it a classic yet universally loved essential for the diamond-minded.
This beautiful Cartier engagement ring from 1925 has an unusual design. It features three significant diamonds in a bezel setting that are surrounded by invisibly set emeralds. This emerald accent picks up the emeralds in the necklace. And a simple platinum and diamond band from Tiffany & Co.? The perfect finishing touch.
Vintage Jewelry for the Groom
Instead of a crisp, black tuxedo, choose a soft fabric with a hint of color, like this deep blue, velvet tuxedo. He will make a statement with a classic clip on the lapel, a vintage piece dating back to the 1920s and featuring 1.2 carats of diamonds. Add these cufflinks from the 1950s—showcasing diamonds set in a checkerboard pattern—for exceptional style that stands the test of time. If he doesn’t want to wear diamonds every day, opt for a simple white gold band, and you can keep the diamonds for special occasions.
Vintage Jewelry for the Bridal Party
Bridesmaids wearing strapless dresses can wear incredible necklaces without competing with their gowns. This absolutely incredible Belle Epoque necklace from around 1915 has twisting ribbons of diamonds throughout. There are three bows with natural elements, too (think flowers and leaves, all rendered in diamonds, of course). These wreath ear pendants from 1940 nicely complement the necklace without overshadowing it.
Many vintage pieces of jewelry are inspired by love and nature, with floral and heart motifs. Of course, heart motifs are especially appropriate at a wedding. Here, we pair two heart-inspired pieces of jewelry. This bracelet from Tiffany & Co. from around 1925 features a geometric diamond motif punctuated with petite sapphire hearts, while a ring from the 1930s features two diamond hearts. On the other hand, a floral-inspired band nods to the necklace. Wearing delicate diamond rings on unexpected fingers—the pinky and pointer finger—is a modern way to incorporate vintage diamond rings.
On the other end of the spectrum, there’s plenty of vintage jewelry with designs that still look modern today. This diamond crescent pendant dates to around 1860 but looks almost as if it’s brand new. Diamond cluster earrings re-create the look of larger stones but are much more affordable. These earrings from the 1950s feature around 4 carats of diamonds.
A diamond line bracelet never goes out of fashion. This bracelet dates to 1915, and features over 10 carats of diamonds. It’s a sleek piece that she can wear every day.
Vintage rings frequently have truly unique designs. This two-stone ring from 1915 showcases two diamonds—each around 2.75 carats—in an unusual, vertical platinum setting. And never discount the power of pave; this chic 1930s ring features a unique rectangular design for remarkable sparkle.
A Touch of Vintage
Whether you happen to be embracing a traditional or modern look, you can certainly incorporate a touch of vintage inspiration into your wedding with vintage jewelry. Since brooches aren’t as popular today as they were in the past, you’ll find more variety looking at vintage pieces. Vintage brooches are truly stunning, with excellent craftsmanship and details. Historically, designers would showcase their ingenious designs in brooches. This gorgeous flower brooch from around 1890 features old mine-cut diamonds, which have a soft sparkle and a romantic look. You’ll be mesmerized by the detailed metalwork and how the diamonds appear to float in midair.
All jewelry provided by DK Bressler & Co.