If you spend much time on antique jewelry Instagram, you’ve already seen GemBank1973’s posts. They’re always sharing beautiful jewelry close-ups and eye-catching themed group shots.
But have you ever looked at their online store? Because I hadn’t until last week, and it totally blew me away.
I knew from Instagram that GemBank1973 had great antique jewelry, but I didn’t realize that they were a family-owned business that has specialized in jewelry for three generations. That’s some serious history, the kind of background that brings connections and knowledge. They’re also an established member of LAPADA, a very well-respected UK Association for experienced antique dealers.
And, of course, there was the jewelry itself! There were so many things that caught my eye on GemBank1793’s website that we’re going to look at categories of jewelry rather than individual pieces.
Let’s start with a personal favorite: chains.
As any serious antique jewelry lover will tell you, chains are an invaluable part of a jewelry collection. They’re beautiful on their own, with their finely wrought links of old gold, platinum, or silver, but they also allow us to wear charms, pendants, brooches, and more in so many fun ways.
GemBank1973’s chain section features over 100 chains, ranging from delicate chokers to sturdy trombone links and ample longuards. If you’re on a budget, they also have a dedicated page for chains under £500.
Is there anything more whimsical than a jewel that reminds us of the heavens? These twinkling star and moon beauties are romantic and timeless, whimsical designs that dreamers of any era can appreciate.
GemBank1973 has a dedicated page for celestial jewelry, which is something I don’t think I’ve ever seen before! Click through and you’ll find sparkling starbursts and crescent moons from the past 200-300 years.
GemBank1973’s robust charm section offers a wonderful variety of these delightful little treasures in all shapes and styles. Most are around $150, but there are a few under $100.
I think my favorite of this batch is the little mouse with the articulated tail. Or maybe the skier with the pearl head? But I also love the baby sputnik and that teeny tiny corkscrew.
GemBank1973 has so many rings for sale that they’ve divided their ring pages into fourteen individual categories. Yes, you heard me: fourteen pages of rings.
There’s Blues, Greens, Opals, Signets, Black Enamel + Hair, and Purple + Multigem, just to name a few. Each category has dozens of rings, ranging from the Georgian era to more contemporary vintage and hitting a wide range of price points.
Yes, I know you want to click over and look at all the rings immediately. It’s okay, the rest of this post will be here when you come back.
Antique Jewelry under $1,000
And finally, GemBank1973 excels at finding exciting, collectible antique jewelry that’s under $1,000. It’s noteworthy to find a jewelry dealer who pays so much attention to this low-to-mid-range price point, which is where so many of us collectors are most comfortable.
All of the pieces in the above slideshow will set you back less than $1,000, and yes, I did do some math to make sure (under the current GBP/USD exchange rate).
I have to confess: I didn’t show you all of the jewelry that I love at Gembank1973, because I still have three tabs open on my computer with pieces that I am considering buying for myself. I can’t give you a much higher recommendation than that.
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