Antique vs Vintage Jewellery

A question that I seem to get a lot these days is:

‘What is antique jewellery?’

‘What is the difference between vintage and antique jewellery?’

‘Is Michelle’s jewellery vintage or antque?’

My response is quite simple actually…

Any kind of jewellery that was made at least a hundred years ago is considered ‘antique’. Whereas, any jewellery that was created between fifty to a hundred years ago is considered ‘vintage’.

The general rule of thumb is that any antique or vintage jewellery that has been restored must still be atleast 50% original in order to retain its label of ‘antique’ or vintage.

At Michelle Alexander, we draw inspirations from historical art and architecture and craft imperfections into our designs to give a modern heirloom or antique look. However, they should not be confused with ‘antique’ or ‘vintage’ jewellery.

Those terms are designated to a very specific manufacturing dates and one cannot rewrite history. One hundred years from now, Michelle Alexander products can be considered antique and that would truly be a beautiful day.

Hope this was helpful. If you have any other questions, I’d be more than happy to reply.


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